In Memory of Justin Deschenes
On Sunday, May 1st, 2022, Justin Walter Deschenes passed away peacefully at the age of 39 after suffering a tragic cardiac event. Justin was born on August 3,1982, in Edmonton, Alberta to loving parents Ellen Sayers and Bert Deschenes. He studied Computer Science at NBCC in Moncton, NB, and UNB in Fredericton, NB. He graduated with a Masters in Computer Science with a specialty in artificial intelligence. He worked as a Technical Team Lead in Cyber Security with the Government of Canada.
Justin married his best friend Danielle in 2002 and they lived in Edmonton (AB), Moncton (NB), Fredericton (NB), Ottawa (ON), and Cheltenham (UK) with their three sons; Keifer (11), Locke (9), and Gerrick (9). There were so many adventures and wonderful times packed into Justin’s 39 years. As a husband, father, son, brother, and friend to so many, Justin was charming, hilarious, brilliant, strong, witty, irreverent, and kind. He exuded a contagious zest for life that made people want to be around him. He was an excellent mentor as he naturally looked out for others and made everyone feel included. He was loud and exciting and always laughing. Justin did not judge people, he loved people.
Justin made friends wherever he went and enjoyed his communities, whether it was work, gaming, or Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He was the life of the party and the life of his home. He was an excellent brother and shared a very sweet friendship with his sister Sadie. As a father, he was devoted to his children and connected with each of them every day. He learned and trained in autism communication and had a very strong bond with his autistic son Keifer. Justin always encouraged his identical twins, Gerrick and Locke, in all their scientific, math, and artistic pursuits, often spending hours researching with them. Justin was a supportive and loving partner to Danielle, they absolutely adored each other and did not take for granted their deep love and friendship. Even in serious times, there was always fun when Justin was around.
Justin is survived by his mother Ellen, his father Bert, his sister Sadie and her partner Fabri, his wife Danielle, his children Keifer, Locke, and Gerrick, as well as kind in-laws and many dear friends.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, May 15, from 1-4 pm at Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Road, Ottawa (Orleans), Ontario. Brief words of remembrance will be shared at 1:30 pm. All are welcome. Flowers and donations can be sent to Heritage Funeral Complex.