October 16, 1968 - June 19, 2021
Father's Day won't be the same for Clara, Ryan and Tora.
We lost Jay (Jason Chare) yesterday to cancer, one day shy of Father's Day.
Clara has conveyed that she appreciates everyone's messages and support. She won't be responding now as her focus is on Ryan and Tora. They protected the boys by hiding the illness from them. It wasn't until June 16th that they shared the unfortunate news with Ryan and Tora knowing that Jay had reached end stages (the photo above).
Jay had dedicated himself to working in the non-profit sector. After working as Director of Tokyo English Lifeline for seven years, Jay worked as Director of Operations for Crisis Services Canada and led a team to establish Canada’s first national suicide lifeline. We believe that his leadership and passion has saved 1,000s of lives.
On behalf of the family, it is my honour and privilege to create this fund to help Clara with the financial burden of losing a loving partner of 20 years and the daunting task of raising two young boys aged 9 and 12 as a single mother.
Please feel free to share this post. Clara will be reading all the messages posted here and on Facebook. Once she is ready, she will provide updates.
Here are some lovely messages received by the family:
"You've made such a difference to so many. It has been such an honor to work alongside you and just be part of the incredible passion you bring to the idea of community."
"There are thousands and thousands of people in this country who have been supported at the moment they needed it most because of the work you have done and the leadership you have shown"
"Thank-you for being an amazing example of leadership and dedication. You have always been in our corner fighting for not only the crisis line but also for all of us"