Jelani Providence, 37, of Toronto died suddenly on July 21st, 2021 from injuries sustained as a passenger in a local car accident. Family and loved ones are deeply saddened. Jelani was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1983 to Bert and Marva Providence in Toronto. Jelani attended Pine Ridge Secondary School. After graduating high school, Jelani moved to Ottawa to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Carleton University. He worked in Ottawa for a while where he made some very close friendships. In 2012, he returned to his hometown of Toronto. Jelani worked at the Royal Bank of Canada for several years. He willingly continued studying to develop his skills and have opportunities for advancement with the bank. He was happy to move into more challenging positions and even receive a Performance Award as recognition for his commitment to his career. Jelani often spent time as a volunteer. He actively participated in several events in Toronto including RBC’s Run for the Kids fundraising marathon, United Way Fundraising events, the RBC Canadian Open golf event, the CN Tower Climb and building with Habitat for Humanity. His favourite experience was going to Kenya in 2019 to be part of a program providing clean water to communities. RBC selected Jelani for the Kenya volunteer experience as recognition for his ongoing dedication to volunteering. His family is so proud of his big heart and helpfulness. Anyone who knew Jelani well, knows that he was a down to earth, humble, kind, loyal, gentle, easy going, supportive, caring soul. Jelani was the type of family member and friend that showed up for you in both times of celebration and struggle. Jelani also loved a fun time and was more than willing to dress up in full costume for themes at parties and in the workplace. Jelani had a passion for sports and was a strong fan of The Raptors, Blue Jays, Senators and Team Canada. If he was not at a game in person, he was enjoying it on a screen with friends. Many people benefitted from Jelani’s joy for cooking and baking. If you did not sample his dishes during sports viewing or on special occasions, you at least saw the social media posts of his yummy creations. Jelani was excited to travel to Washington in 2009 to celebrate positive change at Obama’s inauguration. Jelani enjoyed discussion with friends on how to move towards a safer and more just world for everyone. Jelani loved to travel and visit not only his parents home country of St. Vincent, but as an adult, he also travelled short and long distances, from Washington, Chicago, Georgia, and Florida to Germany, and the Netherlands. Jelani is survived by his parents, Bert and Marva, his sisters Kandya and Kira, his nephews Jeremiah and Judah and his niece Jordynn, as well as many, many loving relatives in the Providence, Bobb, and Edwards families. Jelani was fortunate to have nurtured many close friendships throughout his life. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
LIVESTREAMING Join the family of Jelani on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm as we livestream the funeral service by clicking on the link below.
God's Lent Child I'll lend you for a little while A child of mine" God said - For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he's dead. It may be six or seven years or forty two or three but will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me? He'll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his stay be brief, you'll have his nicest memories as solace for his grief. But, should thy Angels call for him much sooner than we planned, we'll brave the grief that comes and try to understand
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Posted by valerie devine | 03-Aug-2021
I am deeply sorry to hear of Jelani’s death. I share this picture with you …
This picture was taken at the Royal Bank year-end gala where Jelani was presented with the coveted Global Citizen award. This award was a trip to a village in Kenya, to see first-hand what RBC and ME were doing to help communities prosper. It was given to Jelani because of the extraordinary work he did in our local communities.
In the picture, I am the one standing to the immediate left of Jelani. On the far left is Harriet Thornhill (Vice President) with Ann Morrison (Senior Director) standing between Harriet and me. On the other side of Jelani is Cathy Honor (Senior Vice President), Anthony Parasiliti (Head of Direct Investing) and Shauneen Bruder (Executive Vice President).
It was an honour for me to be there to help present the award to a very special person, Jelani. May he rest in peace.
Dear family, may you find peace knowing that all the good Jelani did in his short time on this earth has made a difference to so many people.
Jelani has been a close friend of United Way for many years. His kindness and generosity made him one of the most popular members of Speaker’s Bureau, where he told his story with bravery and authenticity. Not to mention the campaign he spent in our office, as part of our fundraising team, inspiring donors to help the most vulnerable in our communities. Jelani had a knack for seeing potential and an incredible commitment to always paying things forward. He made the world around him a better place. We will miss him greatly, and our thoughts go out to all his family and friends.