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.
This is such a shock! My deepest condolences, even though I only met Justin a few times, he was always happy and enjoying time with the boys. I wish you all the best in this time, I do hope it’s not too difficult for you. if you ever need anyone to talk to just give me a message.
Justin was such a calm, sweet soul. I still see him in my minds eye as a little boy….he had a soft heart and a sweet little pout when he was upset. I feel honoured to have known Justin and proud he asked me to be a reference in his profession pursuit. He was a large framed man with a large presents that made one feel calm and safe. To watch him grow up, meet the sweetest lady, Danielle, get married, have a family, and see all the love he brought to this world warmed my heart and enchanted my faith in love. I’m glad I knew Justin. My deepest condolences to Danielle and family, to Ellen, Bert, Sadie and to all who loved that wonderful man. 🙏🏽💜 Donalyn
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to Justin’s family. We were very saddened to hear about his passing. We wish you courage and strength during this difficult time and may Justin Rest In Peace.
So sorry for the loss of Justin. I loved coming over to your home in Cheltenham for dinners with you all. Such happy memories, I truly adore your family. Beautiful & kind each & everyone of you. Justin was the best Dad to the boys. My deepest condolences to Danielle & her boys, to Ellen, Bert, Sadie and to all who loved Justin. I will be thinking of you all & wishing I could be there.
I am heartbroken for you and your family Danielle. Justin was a wonderful person who had time for everyone, and your relationship, parenting and shared zest for life has always been so inspirational. I know that his kindness will live on in your beautiful boys. The world is a poorer place without Justin.
We didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Justin but knowing his dad Bert, his sister sadie and his relatives,i’m sure he was the kindest soul. We were shocked hearing the news of his loss. our deepest sympathy to Danielle and the boys and to both families.. May his kind soul rest in peace and courage and strength to his family.
My family and I’s deepest condolences !!!
I haven’t had the honor of knowing Justin recently, But way back in the 90’s i did. My family (Davis) and his family were neighbors in the community of Mayfield in Edmonton. My sister and his sister were good friends (along with his dad being friends with my parents). We use to play together all the time around the neighborhood and in his backyard. Naturally, he was a few years older then me, so they never use to want to play with the little kid, but i still manage to work my way into the games…… One memory that i will keep with me for life is playing on the hammock they use to have in their yard. That was the very first time that i have even been swung right around (upside down) in a hammock and i thought it was the funniest/coolest thing ever and Justin was the swinger. Its a weird memory to have but hey, i remember it and he was in it. My sister and i have lost touch with Sadie over the years but her and Justin will be in our childhood memories forever.
Sincerely, The Davis Family
We were shocked to hear of Justin’s sudden passing. Justin was such a kind gentle giant who loved life family and friends. We will miss him dearly and our deepest condolences to Danielle, the boys Ellen, Bert and Sadie.
Our thoughts are with you . Love Dale and Susan
Oh, Danielle. I walked by your old place tonight remembering playdates with Max and Keifer. That yellow door… I am deeply sorry for the loss of Justin. This is devastating news. We are thinking of you and the boys.
We are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Justin.
Danielle and boys, Ellen, Bert and Sadie we wish you all peace, comfort, courage, strength and much love ❤️ at this time of sorrow. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. Sincere Sympathy. May Justin’s Soul Rest In Peace.🙏🏻
Love Terry Sayers & Annette Berthold
I have such sadness when I think of the death of your beloved partner and father to your son’s. I never met Justin, but knew him only through your writings, Danielle. I loved comments about his role in your family and of the many kindnesses he did for you and your family. My prayers are with you and your boys. May your soul be filled with sweet memories to bring comfort.
Justin was a beautiful 😍 man he was a loving husband and a wonderful ❤
Father he was very funny and a good ❤ and very kind l don’t have lots of memories as I leaved far away but the one’s I have I will cherish them ❤ 😊 💙
Justin was my training partner for a few yrs at Fighting fit Jiu jitsu Cheltenham.
We hit it of straight away being the biggest dudes in class.
He was strong and always moved forward never backing down from the task
He loved the intricacies of BJJ
Always wanting to learn the finer details
With a smile on his face
I’m so shocked and sad to here this sad news.
From all of us at the Club RIP my Friend
Our deepest condolences to all of you. Justin was a kind, funny and wonderful man. He was an excellent student during his time at UNB, and it was always a pleasure to have conversations with him about both work and life. Wishing you strength at this very difficult time.
I’m so glad I got to meet and train with Justin during his time in the UK. All of his brothers and sisters in the Jiu jitsu community here are so shocked and saddened at his passing. He was a kind hearted gentleman, great training partner and admired by all those he met.
Love and condolences to his family.
Rest in peace buddy
Hugely saddened to hear the news of Justin passing away, he was my manager for some time here in the UK. He never took himself too seriously and he always did his utmost to understand and support people. I always felt that he had my corner and it’s easy to imagine what a great father he must have been to Keifer and the twins. He did share many funny stories of the boys’ escapades, be it impromptu trips to the park down the road or on days out at villages in the Cotswolds. To hear him talk about his family it was obvious that he loved them very deeply.
Justin certainly made a big impression on me and I’m very grateful to have known him.
I am so sorry to hear about Justin’s passing. I have a special place in my heart for Justin from our time spent together as children. ❤️
Thank you for sharing your updates on social media; it was always so nice to read them. You have a way with words that I hope will bring you comfort in the days and years to come. ❤️
Thinking of you and your beautiful boys often in this incredibly difficult time. ❤️
Such sad, sad news. Deepest condolences.
Having met Justin in the UK I have fond memories of his enthusiasm, knowledge and openness working with colleagues and at social occasions. He works chat fondly about his family of which I remember particularly being tickled by stories of escapades of the twins. The obituary photo recalls good memories but brings home the unfair life timing of this for Justin and family.
Oh Danielle! How heartbreaking! I love you so much and sending you and the boys all the love, peace, and strength we can. You have a beautiful relationship with Justin that death cannot destroy.
Justin was a part of my life from a very young age, I believe I was just 10 years old when he met Danielle. I happily became “the chaperone” for their dates and he made me feel welcome to be there, which looking back and now understanding what it is to be a teenager, shows a huge kindness (and love for Danielle- to easily accept the constant presence of a kid sister.)
Justin loved to tease, and it was how he showed he noticed you or understood you. Being teased by Justin was being loved by him, and I appreciated his ability to find humor in the human condition. It was getting to witness his intelligence and wit. I always felt very seen by Justin and I know he did that for many people.
It was a privilege to see him grow and take on so many different roles in his life; he was an excellent partner, father, brother and friend that impacted lives for the better. I’m grateful to have known such an excellent man and counted him as family.
Sad and shocking news. Justin was such a character, and even though I only knew him for a short time, he made quite an impression. Not only was he exemplary with his knowledge and ability, but also his humour and willingness to share what he could. Deepest condolences.
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