NEWARK/CANANDAIGUA - With his ability to amuse intact, delighting his family and friends with his special brand of humor; and with the fighting spirit of a warrior, Jonathan Russell DeCook of Canandaigua, was called back home to his Heavenly Father on (November 19, 2012). His passing at Clifton Springs Hospital was the result of complications from a lifelong illness. He was 33 years old.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday (November 23) at Schulz-Pusateri Funeral Home, 103 Maple Court, Newark, N.Y. A Celebration of Life to remember Jonathan will convene at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday (November 24) at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 301 East Miller St., Newark, with Pastor Mary Rublee presiding over the services. Internment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Clifton Springs, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Jonathan's memory to Rotary Camp Onseyawa, c/o Bob Bendix, 202 Bailey Lane, Newark, NY 14513. While serving as a counselor at Camp Onseyawa, Jonathan experienced the unique rewards of working with developmentally disabled children; or to a special fund created to fulfill Jonathan's dream of publishing his book of poems and other works, c/o Linda Frank, 20A Woodhill, Newark, NY 14513.
Even as a child, Jonathan was a writer, adeptly articulating his thoughts and feelings in the form of stories, poems and other written works. The fervor to write, along with his innate talent, enabled Jon to leave a legacy of heartfelt and insightful works.
He attended Newark Schools, graduating from Newark High School. Jonathan then attended Finger Lakes Community College, majoring in Television Communications. He was most recently employed by Canandaigua Daily Messenger.
In spite of ongoing medical issues, he pushed himself to work, to accomplish, to create and to follow his passions. In addition to his passion for writing, Jonathan was a self taught drummer and guitar player, but his interest in music extended beyond playing instruments. As an entertainment promoter, especially for many popular area bands, Jonathan was in his element. His promotional efforts received rave reviews from local bands for whom he tirelessly and meticulously promoted.
Jonathan often combined his love of music with his ability as a photographer and videographer, shooting his favorite local bands. He also utilized his skill as a photographer to assist others in creating photographic memories of important times in their lives. No matter what project Jon was working on, he did it with passion and with a desire to please its recipient.
If Jon was not busy putting his talents to good use, he might be found enjoying nature while hiking with friends. He was also known for inviting a band of buddies to his home to prepare a meal for them. Jonathan was a truly kind and caring friend to many. One of his greatest pleasures, however, was spending time with the family, especially his brother.
His passing is an enormous loss to all who loved him, but he will always be remembered for his determination to experience the joys in life despite health challenges; his absolute love, acceptance and compassion for the lost or needy; his courage and perseverance as he faced his final days of life.
Jonathan will be gravely missed by his loving parents, Linda (David) Frank and Bruce DeCook; devoted brother, Todd (Lisa) Jennings; faithful sisters, Kimberly (Daniel) Bellavia, Lisa (Steven) Buschner; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and god-parents; and most especially, by a host of his dedicated and loyal friends who were by his side to the end.
Along with the communion of saints, Jonathan will be welcomed home by his grandparents, John and Lorena DeCook and Russell and Anna Groat who preceded him in death.
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