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Jonathan Robert Cadieu

June 4, 1974 - March 14, 2024


When they say the good die young, we surely didn’t think they meant Jon Cadieu. Yet here we are, shaking our heads at the audacity of him leaving us so soon. 49 years on this earth wasn’t enough, so a big FU to Cancer for placing a tumour inside this legend’s head. 

Amongst hundreds of friends and admirers, Jon leaves behind the love of his life Suzy and his stepkids Madison & Jacob with whom he experienced some of the calamities of fatherhood (something he never imagined doing). Like everything else, he approached stepdadhood with humour & sarcasm and he excelled at it. He also leaves behind Sophie Meow, who is the bestest girl.

He is predeceased by his father Robbie, stepfather Dave, grandparents Bill & Laila and Eldon & Dolrese. In his hometown of Thunder Bay, Jon leaves behind his loving Mama Adele, his sister Robyn-Leigh and his two nieces Brooklynn & Londynn. Around the country he leaves close friends, Luke, Chris & Michelle, Karmen & Jared, Ramona, Scotty and Beau.

Jon spent the majority of his adult life in BC… only admitting with embarrassment the few years he spent in Alberta. Were it not for the amazing group of friends he gathered in Red Deer, he may have blocked out the Alberta years all together.

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley was definitely the spot for Jon as it lovingly offered him endless days of skiing, golfing and motorcycle riding. Skiing at Big White, floating down the Penticton Channel and golfing at any of the dozens of local courses were some of his favourite things.

You can’t write about Jon without talking about his friends because this guy had a lot of those! Without a doubt, each friend would describe him as one of the funniest “good time” guys they had ever met. He was in countless wedding parties, attended dozens of bachelor parties and had introduced many friends who would go on to marry each other, one couple (Frank & Amber) even named their second son, Jonathan after him.

A special mention to Jon’s bestie Luke. These full-grown Peter Pans always referred to each other as hetero-lifemates. For more than 20 years they were each other’s wingmen, and have been on countless adventures, ripe with mishaps and mayhem together. Upon meeting Jon, it was made clear to Suzy that Luke was part of the Jonny package. (Suzy now calls Luke her sister Husband).

Luke, Beau & Scotty, or as Jon called them “the Gentlemen”, were an incredible daily source of unapologetic dark humour that kept Jon laughing and lighthearted throughout this hellscape of a diagnosis.

Jon’s tribe is large and loving. A truer testament to his character couldn’t be found. Jon lived with the diagnosis of glioblastoma brain cancer for 8 months and in that time we had dozens of friends come to visit from all corners of Canada, many of them, visiting multiple times. Each goodbye was heartfelt. Every kindness was cherished & appreciated.

Abraham Lincoln once said “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that you count, but the life in your years.” And Jon filled every year with as much energy, humour and adventure as he possibly could. A life deliciously well played. Oh, how we wish there were more years left to share with him.

Finally, to close, Jon’s final days were spent at the Andy Moog & Friends Hospice House. It is a little-known fact that they employ true angels at this facility. The staff was kind, compassionate and nicknamed Jon “Trouble” which clearly shows they understood who he was. If you so wish, donations made here in Jon’s memory would be appreciated.

A live stream of Jon’s service will be available here at 6pm on March 25th, 2024 for those who are unable to attend his Celebration of Life 


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From: Kettle Valley Memorial Services

The Kettle Valley Memorial staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Gloria LeFurgey
Relation: Friend I never met!!

Dear Sue, Maddi and Jake, sending sincere condolences – I feel like I have known and loved Jon since he has known your family and I have never met the man!! “They don’t make them like that anymore” is how it goes. You have made so many memories in such a short time – yours to treasure. Just know that I have you in my heart at this difficult time! Lot of love, Gloria R.I.P. Jon

From: Rob Spence
Relation: Friend

Jon was a very kind soul with a wonderful sense of humour. We met on a bachelor party for a mutual friend, and kept in contact thereafter and for that I am truly thankful. I loved talking wrestling with him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

From: Arlene Haapasalo
Relation: I'm his Aunt

Jon was a One of a Kind Free Spirit who embraced life to the fullest. From the time he was a baby his smile won the hearts of young and old alike. His adventurous side began early. Jon was just 3 years old when he decided that was old enough to walk to his beloved Granny’s house for a visit by himself without telling Mom. Independence and adventure became a part of him early on having inherited the gene from his loving mom.

His sense of humour was like no other. Depending on the occasion greetings could be either “naughty or nice” as I can attest to having received numerous cards over the years. There wasn’t a holiday he forgot to acknowledge with some kind of humour. Those sometimes sassy cards and notes became the highlight of my day to treasure.

Jon was an outstanding People Person who made friends in every corner of this country and beyond. So many became close lifelong friends who kept him wanting to see what each new tomorrow would bring. This was a guy who will leave a void in so many hearts but know he will be watching over them from the great beyond especially his wife, mom and children. Keep finding adventures dear boy. We love and miss you.

From: Raymond and Ethel Lisell
Relation: parents of one of his friends

When a young person passes the hole it leaves is unrepairable. The one good thing is Johnny is no longer in Pain. The pain is now on those left behind. our hearts go out to his family and friends.

From: Mona Butler

Dear Susan, family and all who love Jon.
I am so very sorry for your great loss. I am disappointed I never got to meet Jon, but through your post Sue and friend’s post, I certainly got a sense that Jon was a great all around good guy , funny and a good friend to many and a loving husband and friend to you Sue. I know how broken-hearted you must be but you guys created lots of great memories, so cling to those memories for strength during this difficult time.
Hugs and prayers❤️🙏

From: Bill & Laura Trowsdale
Relation: Uncle & aunt

Sadly we never got to meet Jon, our hearts go out to you and to everyone who loved him. This is such a huge loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts & prayers as you grieve. May all the good memories of Jon help you through this difficult journey, hugs, uncle Billy & Laura

From: Wendy Hewlett
Relation: I am a friend and I also used to work with her.

Adele I found this verse and thought of you. I hope that, even though your world is dark right now, you are soon able to see some light in the memories you had with your loved one. My heart goes out to you Adele just know I’m thinking of you. Call or text me anytime, maybe we could go for a short walk? Or coffee? Your friend Wendy.

From: Pat Deluca
Relation: Friend and former coworker

My sincerest condolences to you and all of your family during this time. Jon was a great human and I will remember him forever.

From: Lulu Hall
Relation: Friend

Sending my Heartfelt condolences to Adele, Suzy and families for your loss.
Jon will be terribly missed by all who knew him. He was truly blessed with such a great entourage during his short life on earth. Rest in Peace Jonathan, I hope you have everyone in stitches laughing in your new world.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
March 25, 2024
Beginning at 6:00pm

Penticton Golf and Country Club
600 Comox Street
Penticton, BC Canada

600 Comox Street
Penticton, BC Canada

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