It is with the saddest of hearts that we announce that Jesse Dostal, age 35 our beloved son, brother and friend passed away suddenly on January 18, 2019.  Jesse loved the island and especially Duncan where he had made it his home for the past several years.  He had a gentle soul and deep compassion for others.  He spent much of his time over the years volunteering for youth groups and recently in Duncan for the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, where he is remembered fondly for his cheery smile and disposition.

One family member thought that Jesse would have been the happiest tending a garden somewhere, working hard to nurture the seeds so they could set strong roots and grow into beautiful plants, the same way that he viewed his relationships with his family and friends.  Sometimes pulling out the weeds, picking the good plants from the bad could be hard, this was his biggest challenge.

Jesse leaves behind his mother Charlene Bouchard, his partner Sean Hawkes, sister Sushill Dosanjh, brother Dustin Dosanjh and wife Jamie-Leigh, brother Anil Dosanjh and wife Megan, cutie nieces Addison and Peyton-Leigh, and little monkey nephews Isaiah, Ari and Romeo.  He is also survived by his Grandparents Olla (nana) and Jim Stephens, Aunts Donna, Daisy and of course his favourite, Michele (Auntie Mish Mash), Uncles Ringo, Jon and Will, lots of relatives back home in Ontario, and numerous cousins and friends here on the West Coast.

There will be a celebration of his life later in February.  All are encouraged to check out his Facebook page RIP Jesse Bouchard for the date, time and location.

“We miss you already……Will see you in your Garden in the sky.” 

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • M.
    June 18, 2019

    You were my cousin, whom I unfortunately had no honor to know.
    Let the earth be light to you.

  • Sam
    February 5, 2019

    Jesse was a special person. When we met years ago in our early 20’s I was moved by his truly pure soul. Jesse saw the good in everyone and exuded acceptance and kindness to perfect strangers. Helping others through volunteerism and tending gardens demonstrated the tenderness that was in his heart.
    His smile marked by bright eyes and big dimples will remain in the memories of anyone who knew him.
    Life drew us in different directions but it is comforting to know Jesse settled on the island with family, enjoying the lake, and tending his plants; things that made him happy.
    My thoughts are with the many people who loved Jesse and I feel an extreme shock and sadness having to say goodbye to such a wonderful man who had so much more to give and dreams left unfulfilled.

  • Candace
    February 4, 2019

    My condolences to the family,as a friend I feel your pain.Jesse was very special to me,and will always be held close to my heart,I’d like to thank you for providing me with such an amazing spirit to call friend and to love and be loved by.He was incredibly caring and kind and always put others first.There will never be another like my friend.Again,I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Camille Mayville
    February 3, 2019

    I am so sorry… Jesse knew my son and sent a kind message to us when he passed away suddenly in October 2017. My sincere and heartfelt condolences.

  • Heather Fraser
    February 2, 2019

    It is with great sadness to make heartfelt condolences on such a sad loss. To my Brother Jim & 0lla his grandparents I send hug hugs and prayers for your entire family. RIP Jesse

  • Janette Mccallum
    February 2, 2019

    I never knew you Jess. I can tell from your picture you were a kind and caring person. R.I.P

  • Melanie Behan
    February 1, 2019

    Jess miss yah. Just saw u n we were talkin. I can’t believe you are gone. Gonna miss you at the foodbank. Until we meet again Jess. R.I.P. Jess

  • Jim and Olla Stephens
    January 31, 2019

    Jesse, we are still in shock knowing you are no longer with us. I walked down to the lake today remembering your visit with Sushil . We had a good time seeing the beautiful trees, the hot springs site the quietness of the waters was a wonderful time spent with you both. My eldest grandson smart handsome loving and thoughtful no one can replace you. Loving and attentive you always had hugs and kisses for us whenever we got together. I remember you as a baby, a young boy and a man who never had the chance to fulfill your dreams. I will never forget your beautiful smile your dimples the person who you were. God Bless you Jesse family await you just as you wanted them to be here on earth for you. Love you forever Nana and Grandpa .

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