Passed away unexpectedly on May 23, 2017 at Toronto General Hospital after a long awaited heart transplant, Jamie Wilkinson, 39 years of age.
Left broken hearted is his wife and best friend Heather Lannon; mother Madonna (late George); brother Jason (Paige); sister Bridget (Richard); nephews Lucas, Ryder and Gabriel; nieces Alison, Ashley, Brooklyn and Jayce; closest aunt Anita Dyer and family; a large number of aunts, uncles and cousins; mother and father-in- law Sheila and Jim; sister-in-law Vanessa; bandmates and friends Jimmy, Wayne, Paul, Chris, Curtis, Bryan and Mitch; staff and students at St. Michael’s High School, Bell Island; as well as a large circle of friends and other relatives.
Special thanks to his Toronto “mom and dad” Madonna and Danny Foley, “brother” Jeff, “sister” Denise; as well as Gord, Roxanne, Leigha and Emily King.
Jamie lived with a congenital heart disease that created challenges throughout his life. At just a year old he had open heart surgery to correct the defect. When he turned 30 his health began to deteriorate which caused heart failure. The treatment he required was not available in Newfoundland and numerous trips to Toronto for medical treatment was required. In 2014 in an effort to save his life, Jamie and Heather relocated to Toronto to be closer to his medical team. During this time he underwent many medical interventions including the implantation of a VAD (a mechanical heart) that would sustain his life until a heart transplant could occur. After two and a half years in Toronto a new heart was finally found. Unfortunately due to complications during the transplant surgery, Jamie did not get to experience life with his new heart.
Despite the many obstacles that Jamie faced he remained positive and never let anything slow him down. He was courageous and brave, a fighter and a friend, and would do anything to help others. Jamie’s journey was made easier by the dedicated staff at the Peter Munk Cardiac Center – Toronto General Hospital, especially Dr. Lucy Roche and Dr. Phyllis Billia, who supported him right to the end.
His memory will live on as his wish was to help others by becoming an organ donor himself.
Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Monday, May 29 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, May 30 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Jamie’s life will be held at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University School of Music on Wednesday, May 31 at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in support of the LVAD Program at the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation www.tgwhf.ca/personal-pages/, or Hope Air. Both of these charities help those like Jamie, on their journey to better health.
Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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