In loving memory
His young and cherished life cut short unexpectedly, Joel Pickering died on Sunday April 5th, 2020 in Kingston, Ontario – just shy of his 30th birthday. He was a beloved husband to Melissa (nee Cordick) and devoted father to Theo, aged 21 months. He was a best friend and brother to Eric and adored son of Harold Pickering and Jane Somerville. He was embraced by Melissa’s parents Keith and Marlene Cordick of Stanleyville, Ontario and his extended family and friends. A kind, genuine and thoughtful soul, Joel lived most of his life on Chestnut Street. He put others needs before his own, unless he was playing a game or was on the soccer field! He lived with humour, care and commitment to others and many of his peers valued his mentorship. He is remembered fondly and with gratitude by coworkers and youth whom he met working in education and recreational programs in North Kingston, BSS and LCVI.
Memories, photos and donation information can be accessed through the Gordon F Tompkins Funeral Home – Central Chapel website. A celebration of Joel’s life will be held in the future. Donations would be gratefully accepted for a Registered Education Savings Plan for Joel and Melissa’s son, Theo, (Cheques or etransfers can be made payable to Melissa Pickering ) or to the Zal & Rose school breakfast fund.
His family would like to recognize all of the first responders and hospital staff whose efforts for Joel were nothing short of heroic. These are challenging times and we thank you. We are reminded of the preciousness of life and that there can be forces beyond our awareness and our control. Joel’s death was not related to the current pandemic.
It’s an imperfect world, but it’s the only one we’ve got.
“The ones that love us never really leave us” - Harry Potter