Jayson B. "Jay Bird" "Jay Bear" "Big Jay" Quinn

24/11/1976 - 27/02/2021

Obituary For Jayson B. "Jay Bird" "Jay Bear" "Big Jay" Quinn

November 24, 1976 - February 27, 2021

Jay Bird began his journey to the big Golf Course in the sky, suddenly and without warning, on February 27, 2021.

Jays’ family is devastated, his friends are shocked and saddened by his recent passing. There are no words to describe the terrible loss we share, and the huge place he left open in our hearts.

Jay lived most of his life in the Ridgevalley area. He worked and trained as an Auto Mechanic and Auto Body Technician but ultimately spent many years in various capacities in the Oilfield. Most recently with Arc Resources as a Power Engineer.

Jay was passionate about sports, he loved and played hockey, ball and golf. He was a great supporter of youth hockey and often co-coached a rec league. Golf became his all- time favorite pastime. He travelled far and wide for tournaments and returned with many trophies. Jay was always eager to share his passions and continually encouraged others to learn. He was a patient and kind teacher, regardless of the sport or job or task. He was very big-hearted, caring, and children always gravitated to him.

Over the 27 years here in Ridgevalley, while others grew crops, Jay grew a “Chevy Farm”. He so loved his trucks and toys and in recent years he began restoring Golf Carts, many of which are scattered all over the Peace Country. He was active in the Debolt and District Ag Society Golf Board and other community events.

Jay leaves to mourn and miss him, his parents Albert and Wenndee, his brother Morgan and his partner Jamie, and their children Connor and Riley, as well as his grandmother Gabrielle.

Jay was part of a large extended family, many aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins. CJ, Melissa, and Cher will feel the impact of his loss greatly. He was blessed in life with many good friends, Norm, Frank, Blair, Mike, Katie, and Cindy as well as many others who will miss him both on and off the golf course.

Jay was pre-deceased by his grandparents John and Bette-Anne Morrow, and John and Olive Quinn, as well as his aunt Sue Bonner.

A Visitation will take place from 12:00pm-4:00pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home for friends and family wishing to say good-bye to Jay.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Debolt and District Community Center. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the service is by invitation only. However, tributes can be made to the Bear Creek Funeral Home at that will be shared at the service. For those not able to attend the service it will be live streamed through the Bear Creek Funeral Home Youtube Channel (link found below).

A gathering of friends will take place outdoors at the Debolt Golf Couse when the weather permits.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jaysons’ name to the youth Golf Program at Ridgevalley School (Box 59, Crooked Creek, Alberta T0H 0Y0) or to the Debolt & District Ag Society for Youth Golf program or sponsorship (Box 388, 217 Alberta Avenue DeBolt, Alberta T0H 1B0)

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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wow jay I don't know what to say besides its truly heart breaking that your not physically here i miss your big hugs jay our gentle Giant I love you so much cuz and i love you so much give your aunt my mom a hug and kiss for me gone but never forgotten
- Brittney Bonner
Our deepest, most heartfelt condolences are with you and your family
- Carol and Alan Dickinson
with a heavy heart and great sadness we offer our deepest condolences to the Quinn family. Uncle Paul and Auntie Linda
- Paul and Linda Tellier
With deep sorrow that we learned of Jasons passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Louise and Albert and family. Love and Bless - Uncle Paul and Auntie Linda
- Paul and Linda Tellier
it saddens our heart, we are so very sorry for your loss. Sending you our prayers & love to the family. all our love Loraine & Neil Troppmann & Nicole, Ryan, James & Callen Moen.
- Loraine Troppmann & Family
Our deepest sympathy, Wenndee, Albert and Morgan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
- Andy & Brenda Rac
Uncle Big Jay is his name in our house, the kids love him. He's the type of guy that would drop absolutely anything he was doing to come give a helping hand. 9pm at night middle of winter -35 and hes in my driveway in under 5 minutes helping while Dustin is locked in the truck, he had anything he needed to unlock that door, You could see the panick in the big guys eyes as Dustin is sitting in that truck locked in the pitch dark! Jay is nothing but love, he loves with his whole heart and not just a piece. The late night back road cruising with Jayson, Winning our darts league with the Sniper, JayBird trying to teach me how to golf but I'm so bullhead he gave up! Bombing Jays golf cart around the golf course. Cutting my hair so short, they said if I dressed like him I could be just like him! All memories I will hold tight to my heart forever. ❤
- Katie chapman

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