It is with the saddest of hearts that we announce that Jeremy Dufton, age 44, our beloved son, brother and friend passed away suddenly on January 31, 2019.

Jeremy loved everything outdoors. He enjoyed photography, fishing, surfing and gardening. Our family will always remember his passion for nature and wildlife. He was happiest when he was on a river, somewhere remote in Northern BC.  Jeremy was an accomplished fly fisherman and was so proud to have worked as a fly fishing guide.  Jeremy was a kind person who always wanted to help others. He inspired and comforted many.

Jeremy leaves behind his father, John Dufton; mother, Ann Dufton; sister, Kate Cahill; brother, Ian Dufton and nephews, Owen, Liam and Jackson as well as numerous friends in Victoria and beyond.

We miss you and want you to know that you will always be loved and never forgotten.”

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive in Victoria at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Memorial donations may be made to Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Deborah Thien (Long Beach, California)
    March 14, 2019

    Dear Ann, John and family,

    My deepest condolences on this terribly sad news. I have many fond memories of time spent with Jeremy some 20 years ago, from hiking and rafting in New Zealand to driving the logging roads of Northern BC. He was a lovely man with the kindest heart.

  • Orrin Quinn (Nanoose Bay)
    February 12, 2019

    Dear Dufton family,
    My condolences and I’m very saddened to hear of Jeremy’s passing.
    Jeremy and I spoke often, which always included reminiscing about our tree planting days and other great experiences. Jeremy taught me how to fly fish on Takla Lake and I’ll never forget the excitement of landing my first steelhead. Jeremy made me laugh and was there for me always, especially when I lost my father and invited me stay at his B&B in Oak Bay. Although Jeremy struggled, he always worked to improve and was very talented. I admired his efforts in advocating for the protection of the pristine Stikine River Valley and other special places. He was constantly planning his next outdoor adventure. Jeremy is a wonderful person that kept in touch with his friends and like many – I will truly miss his friendship.

  • John Doak
    February 11, 2019

    I met Jeremy planting trees in Prince George. We became close friends during that time and I had an opportunity to then travel with him in Central America. These times ,that I am greatful to have shared with Jeremy ,account for some of the fondest memories of my life. I am certain that Jeremy felt likewise,we had some fun let me tell you. He will truly be missed. I intended to attend the celebration of life today but unfortunately won’t make it due to weather. However I will be there in spirit and send my greatest condolences to the family.

  • Dr. June C. Frye
    February 8, 2019

    To John and Ann and family,
    I’m so sorry to read of the loss of Jeremy and send sincere condolences to all.

  • Marian Roesch
    February 8, 2019

    Our deepest sympathies to John, Ann, Kate and Ian. We send our love, thoughts and prayers.
    Mike and Marian Buchanan, Prince George.

  • Caro Alarie
    February 7, 2019

    My sincere condolences to the Dufton family. I still cannot wrap my head around that Jeremy has left this world, we even spoke a few months ago.
    Jeremy was such an outdoor lover and great fly fisherman with a great sense of humour, he is with no doubt, in another beautiful nature, happy.

    He will be missed. Thinking of you.

  • Keith Digby
    February 7, 2019

    So very sad to hear about Jeremy’s passing. A lovely man whom I had the pleasure of knowing, especially through Whittall House at BCS. Many on this page have mentioned his kindness… an undervalued virtue that Jeremy had in spades.

  • Heather and Steve
    February 7, 2019

    Jeremy – a special Godson.

    I have a memory of him as a little boy standing on a pier in Ireland and with shy, quiet, pride showing us a fish that he had caught. That endearing manner never left Jeremy. Quiet, modest, calm, kind and caring – a truly gentle man.

    No parent should lose a child and our hearts go out to Ann and John and also to Kate and Ian who have lost a brother.

    We are thinking about you all with love.

  • Ryan McElgunn
    February 6, 2019

    Our sincerest condolences from the McElgunns. Thoughts and Prayers to Ian and Kate and your family at this difficult time.

  • Andrea Pennells
    February 6, 2019

    Deepest sympathy, John, Ann, Kate and Ian, on the heartbreaking loss of your beloved son and brother, Jeremy. As a student at Brentwood, he earned his laurels as an athlete and a photographer, but we remember him best as a gentle man who was kind to others. You are all in our hearts and prayers at this saddest of times. Andrea and Gerry Pennells

  • Alan
    February 6, 2019

    Kate, So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you, your parents and your boys. Alan and Jennifer

  • John Gooding
    February 5, 2019

    I am saddened to hear the news of Jeremy’s passing. Jeremy made life easier for me. I miss him. I’m thinking about you – his family and friends, at this difficult time

  • Brad Cramer
    February 5, 2019

    Brad Cramer (Prince George)

    My condolences to the Dufton family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Jeremy was such a soft spoken, kind friend. Both my wife, Alyson and I, have such fond memories of Jeremy unexpectedly showing up at our door on his way up north to guide, and months later on his back. We will remember him fondly.

    Brad Cramer & Alyson Gourley-Cramer

  • John L. Queen
    February 5, 2019

    My sincere condolences to all the Dufton family and friends. Jeremy was a valued member of Whittall House at Brentwood College, whose contribution to the life of the House and the school was considerable and greatly appreciated. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. John L. Queen – Housemaster, Whittall House.

  • John Robertson
    February 5, 2019

    My first best friend. I am so thankful for the experiences we shared growing up. I hope you are in a better place and know that you are loved and missed. Condolences to John, Ann, Kate and Ian. I’m sorry I cannot attend the funeral but hope to connect with you next time I am in Victoria. Much love.

  • Wendy Moore Mandel
    February 5, 2019

    Our deepest condolences to Kate and the Dufton family. We are thinking of you and wish you strength in a difficult time.

    Sloan Mandel and Wendy Moore Mandel

  • Lenore DuGas
    February 5, 2019

    Our deepest Sympathy to John, Ann and Family. We are very sorry for your loss and hope that happy memories can comfort you at this time.
    Dan and Lenore DuGas
    Comox Valley

  • Rich Parsons
    February 5, 2019

    My deepest condolences to the Dufton Family.

    Jeremy was one of the first people I met when I attended Brentwood. He was kind to all and a stalwart of the Whitall House Class of 1992. I have many great memories of him from that time. You’ll be missed Duff.

    Rich Parsons

  • Rick Pipkey
    February 5, 2019

    My heartfelt condolences to the Dufton family. I remember Jeremy through out different parts of my life. Through high school with his visits from Brentwood where he’d always have new music for us to listen to. To my first real job with tree planting as a colleague then as a supervisor. Then as a roommate in one of my first ventures away from my childhood home. Throughout it all he was kind, funny and engaging. I will always have a place in my heart for him.

    Rick Pipkey : PG Posse/ Victoria

  • David McCarthy
    February 5, 2019

    From all here at Brentwood who knew Jeremy, our heartfelt condolences to all the Dufton family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult of times. I remember Jeremy as a gentleman in the true sense, thoughtful and kind to those around him.

  • Ben and Josh Pugsley
    February 5, 2019

    Dearest Family Dufton,

    We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. We’ll always remember Jeremy as the gentle giant who we were in complete awe of when we stayed with you in Prince George and explored BC together. The time we spent with you all was such a special experience for us and Jeremy was wonderful in looking out for the little boys that we were back then. We remember him so fondly exactly as you describe – at complete ease with nature. All our love from over the pond. Wish we could all be with you next week at the celebration of life. Know that we’re thinking of you and of course of Jeremy. Ben and Josh Pugsley

  • Emir o connell
    February 5, 2019

    Our deepest sympathy to John, Ann. Ian, kate and family. We are thinking of you at this sad time. Julie, emir and all the o Connells in portmagee.

  • Carolyn Ring
    February 5, 2019

    Words cannot express how sorry we feel to hear the sad news about Jeremy. We will remember him as a warm and caring person, and in the spring we will plant a tree in his memory. With our warmest condolences to our family in Canada from all the Rings.

  • Erinna Sanders
    February 5, 2019

    My deepest sympathy to Kate and the entire Dufton family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Jonathan Wilde
    February 5, 2019

    My heartfelt condolences for your loss.

  • Sarah Leipciger (tree planting)
    February 5, 2019

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news and send my condolences to Jeremy’s family and friends. Shared many bright campfires with Jeremy and I remember his warmth and sense of humour.

  • kevin Leake
    February 4, 2019

    I planted trees with Jeremy for many years. He helped me through all kinds of mayhem when he supervised contracts for my company up in Lovell Cove.

    Jeremy was special, and there were literally hundreds of people that worked with me. I never heard him say anything bad about anyone, yet there was always a twinkle in his eye, and if he did make fun of somebody’s foibles(including my own), he would be sure to make fun of himself at the same time. He had a tremendous sense of humor.

    I am deeply saddened by his early passing. I had hoped to see him up in Prince George this year. Life, as death, does not seem to make much sense sometimes.

    Condolences to Jeremy’s family.

    Really, condolences to all of us. He will be missed.


  • Catherine Hill
    February 4, 2019

    I hadn’t seen Duff for many years but thought of him from time to time, remembering him as an kind, intelligent, handsome adventurer. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
    Catherine Hill (Drysdale)

  • Deanna Gilbert
    February 4, 2019

    Warm wishes of comfort to Kate and the whole Dufton family.

  • Giada del Drago
    February 4, 2019

    Jeremy was always so kind to me at Brentwood. He was a lovely person. My heart goes out to the Dufton family at this very sad time.

  • Julian Subda
    February 4, 2019

    We will all miss you Jeremy.

    Condolences to the Dufton family in this difficult time.

  • John Bell
    February 4, 2019

    Condolences from the Bell family to Jeremy’s family, friends and loved ones.

  • Maureen Robertson
    February 4, 2019

    We have known the Dutton family since 1983. Our children were friends and have remained so. Our deepest sympathy to John,Ann,Kate,Ian and families. We loved Jeremy and shared good times in Prince George and here in Richmond. He will be missed May he Rest In Peace

  • Peter Stroble
    February 4, 2019

    Jeremy was a great rower and a great teammate too. I will remember him fondly.

  • Christina Carlos
    February 4, 2019

    Thoughts and prayers to the Dufton family during this difficult time. Jeremy had a kind soul, and was loved by many.

  • Donna Atkinson
    February 4, 2019

    Condolences to the Dufton family. He was a kind and thoughtful friend, he will be missed.

    Donna A.
    Prince George, BC

  • catriona de la torre (brentwood)
    February 4, 2019

    love & prayers to the family.

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