September 9, 2004 – December 5, 2019.
It is with immense sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Jessica Emily Black, 15, of Burnaby, BC at BC Children’s Hospital on December 5, 2019.
Jessica is predeceased by her grandfather Jean-Paul Gendron of Quebec. Jessica is survived by her mom and dad, Sonia and Jason, her brother Ethan, her grand maman Gemma Tremblay, grandparents Glen and Elizabeth Black, as well as Aunts and Uncles Sylvie Gendron, Richard
Gendron, François Gendron & Chantal Tellier, Nathalie Gendron & Olivier Michaud, Jean-Paul Jr. Gendron & Sonia Boucher, Bernard Gendron & Lynne Gosselin, Patrick Gendron & Karine Boisvert, John & Cherie Black, Michael Black, cousins Joel & Kevin Gendron, Kristinn & Ryan Black.
Jessica was a Grade 10 student at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School, and had attended Ecole
Seaforth Elementary for her K-7 years. She was a multi-talented artist – she loved to sing, draw, and
express herself through dance. She was a dancer for many years with Dance Collective, starting at two
and half years old. Jessica was also a model and did amazing makeup on herself, her mom and her
Jess loved animals, especially her beloved dog Bubbles, a toy Australian Shepherd who was with her at the hospital, and her cats Salt and Pepper. She loved to shop, and could quite often be found on the
search for brand name items at the VV Boutique. Jess was a world traveler, having visited multiple
countries including Thailand, China, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and various states in the US and different provinces across Canada, especially Quebec where her mom’s family resides. She loved to explore and try new things, immersing herself in the cultures she travelled to.
Everyone always said Jess had a twinkle in her eye and a magical smile. When she walked into a room
she brought a special light with her.
Jessica Black is a beloved daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. She will forever be loved and missed by those around her.
The family would like to thank the staff at BC Children’s Hospital, especially the social worker, therapists, nurses and doctors, and the staff of the BC Transplant Society for their compassion during the donation process. Jessica lives on through her donation to 5 others.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Jessica on Saturday December 21 at 1 pm at the Canadian Memorial United Church (Corner of Burrard and West 15 th Ave, Vancouver), with a small reception to follow at the Centre for Peace (1825 W 16th – across from the church).