Queen’s University community mourns death of student

Jacob Downey
Jacob Downey

The Queen’s University community is mourning the loss of student Jacob Downey, who passed suddenly after an unspecified medical emergency on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

Jacob was 18 years old and in his first year of studies in kinesiology in the Faculty of Arts and Science with a goal of pursuing a career in sports medicine, the University said.

According to the University, he was “an excellent student and athlete”, being one of three recipients of the Peterborough Petes Education Fund Minor Hockey Scholarship program prior to arriving at Queen’s from his hometown of Lindsay, ON.

“Jacob had many friends from his activities and had already developed a number of friendships with fellow students and residents of Jean Royce Hall,” the University said.

“Jacob will be deeply missed by his parents, Peter and Laurie, his extended family, and friends.”

The University is providing assistance and counselling to anyone who has been personally affected by the loss of a fellow student.

“Students who feel a need to speak to someone should contact Student Wellness Services, Faith and Spiritual Life, or [email protected],” the University said.

Good2Talk (for 24/7 confidential support, call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868) or EmpowerMe (24/7 confidential counselling by phone and online at 1-844-741-6389) are also available for support and resources.”

Visitation for Jacob will be held in Lindsay at Stoddart’s Funeral Home, 24 Mill St. on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Downeyville on Monday at 11 a.m. Abiding by COVID-19 protocols, all guests are required to wear a mask and physically distance.

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