OBITUARY

Joshua Daniel Edgerton Cinnamon

January 31, 1977April 22, 2021

Coffee lover. Social magnet. Forever learner. Dependable friend. True gentleman. Incredible adventurer. Family connector. Tremendous athlete. Eternal optimist. Dedicated son. Proud brother. Loving husband. Endearing Baba. One of a kind. That was our Josh.

Joshua Daniel Edgerton Cinnamon entered this world on January 31, 1977. It was –40 and brilliantly sunny. A perfect day to start an unforgettable life. A proud product of Tete Jaune Cache, BC, Josh set tracks through life like no other.

As the second born of six, family was incredibly important to Josh. He was fiercely protective of his parents, and took tremendous pride in being a brother. He had unique relationships with each of his four brothers and his sister. Josh loved to be immersed in the chaos of the Cinnamon farm, and the endless family antics. When they were together, their shenanigans were dangerous and legendary and of course, Josh would be beaming in the middle of it. Josh travelled the world and saw tremendous sights, but nothing made him happier than being on the farm with a coffee in hand.

Through life, Josh found a way to make everyone feel important and special, like they were the star of Josh’s world. And they were! Josh was genuinely interested in others and had a way of engaging that made you feel so good. And he was always there for his family and friends. From an important family celebration a day’s drive away, to a redeye flight to squeeze in a friend’s European wedding, to a late night call with a friend, Josh made the time and effort and he always showed up. He was the glue holding everything together. Josh had an adventurous spirit and nothing intimidated him. Foregoing the safe route, Josh never let fear or uncertainty dissuade him from forging a life filled with new experiences, opportunities, and challenges. He wouldn’t waste time considering all the potential outcomes when he could just start and deal with the consequences.

Josh enjoyed athletic pursuits and these activities provided a forum for him to develop, and then showcase, his indelible drive and enduring optimism. After learning to skate at the age of three in Jasper, Josh found hockey and was hooked. As his hockey career progressed, he first left the family farm at 15 to play junior hockey in Invermere for a couple of years before advancing to play with the Nelson Leafs. Josh was a teammate that everyone loved, both for his fun-loving nature but also his ability to always put the team and others first – it was never the “Josh show”. Josh’s time in Nelson was formative in many ways; he created life-long friendships and proudly worked as a Wildland Firefighter for the BC Forest Service. Josh was honoured to be invited to play for the UBC Thunderbird varsity hockey team where he capped his hockey career while finishing his undergraduate degree. By Josh’s standards, he took a few years “off” while finishing his law degree at the University of Calgary before developing an appetite for cycling, cross country skiing, and other endurance events. As a testament to his determination (and athleticism), Josh entered the Penticton Ironman in 2011 – a race consisting of a four kilometer swim, 180 kilometer bike, and 42 kilometer run. 2,800 people entered the race and 2,600 finished. After a breakfast of two cups of coffee and a muffin, Josh started his race and was in 2,598th position coming out of the water. Josh passed over 2,200 of his competitors and finished 312th overall! This past winter, Josh cross country skied at Cypress Mountain over 40 times – many of those times involved towing his son Deacon in the Chariot with his other son Bennett mushing the sled and hanging on to the back. If you were one of the many that the Josh team passed on the trails this winter, don’t feel bad, Josh was extraordinary.

Josh had an exceptional career. He pushed himself constantly and always set the bar tremendously high – he craved growth and impact, yet his colleagues will recall his kindness amongst his most significant traits.

Josh met his wife Amanda in Calgary and she became the centre of his universe. He absolutely adored her and committed to giving her everything he had. He fully immersed himself in her family, welcomed their traditions, and they became an extension of his own family. Josh and Amanda built a beautiful life together – travelling, exploring, renovating, and eventually settling in North Vancouver and making their every dream come true. When Bennett and Deacon came along, their world was complete and their Baba committed to them like none of his other pursuits. He dedicated his whole heart to his boys, and created a world full of wonder and adventure for them. With Josh at the helm, nothing was impossible.

Over the past weeks, Josh was ambushed by cancer yet he demonstrated unwavering optimism, determination, humility and love. On April 22, 2021, surrounded by family and his wife Amanda, Josh slipped peacefully away.

Left to remember Josh are his wife Amanda and his sons Bennett and Deacon; His parents Dale and Pamela, brother Jason (Wendy), brother Jon (Charlene, son Bruno), sister Tamara (Ken), brother Joel (Emelia, son Corbin, daughter Adala), and brother Jesse (Kala, son Jakob); His in-laws Mounir and Mona, sister-in-law Christine (Hany, daughter Abigail, sons Christopher and Thomas), sister-in-law Holly (Chad, daughter Jillian); His Nelson billet family turned forever family Sandy and Patti with sons Travis (Megan) and Clayton (Mya, daughter Goldie); And many members of his extended family and friends.

As Baba won’t be physically around for Bennett and Deacon, you are asked to share stories and memories of Josh so that the boys can read about their father as they grow up. Please email bennettanddeaconcinnamon@gmail.com.

Josh received unprecedented care while in the hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. Alternatively, if you prefer to support Josh’s boys directly, please click here http://bit.ly/cinnamonboys Josh’s family is looking forward to celebrating his inspiring life with the many that loved him at a future date.

As someone who knew Josh, go out and sprinkle a little Cinnamon in the world and share a bit of Josh: call an old friend, be kind, make someone smile, be better.

And in the words of Josh, “Gotta jet”.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and grant you His Peace.

Meaning of Joshua: Strong and Of Good Courage

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Memories

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Lori Block

May 11, 2021

I received this devastating news yesterday and it broke my heart.
Pam & Dale I am so very, very sorry for your loss and I am praying for you.....with understanding. Praying for all the rest of your beautiful family too. You all hold such special places in my heart and memories. Always will.
The Cinnamon family were a treasured part of our lives for the 8 years we lived in Tete Jaune/Valemount and Josh was one of our Chad’s closest friends there. (Jayda’s too) Our family just LOVED Josh. Lots and lots of precious memories. Too many to count. Then we moved to Castlegar and that wonderfully coincided with Josh’s hockey time in Nelson so we had the fun and privilege of a few dinners together during that time also. From there we moved to Calgary to pastor and one Sunday morning after the service someone tapped me on the shoulder and when I turned around it was Josh with a huge hug. He was in law school and had attended that morning with his lovely girlfriend who was also in law. Made Stan’s and my day.
Having lost our Jayda to brain cancer also, and then me losing Stan recently too, I know the searing pain of loss. I can only imagine their reunion with Josh in heaven. I look forward to the day when we are all together again.
I send the biggest love and hugs to you all.
I am holding Josh’s precious wife and beautiful boys close in prayer too. So, so sorry and sad for them.💔
Most sincerely
Lori Block

Renee Thut

May 9, 2021

Dear Amanda,
Thoughts of you and the boys are weighing heavily on my mind today. I imagine the days have been tough and today’s holiday hard to celebrate . Take strength in that Josh blessed you with two beautiful boys and his heart shines bright in you, Bennett and Deacon. You are strong. Know that. Happy Mother’s Day.
With Love,
Renée and Family

Bill Guinan

May 7, 2021

Amanda: I was very saddened to hear about Josh. He was such a wonderful person and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill Guinan

Magnus Verbrugge

May 3, 2021

So sorry to hear this very sad news. My heart goes out to Josh’s family. I only had the chance to know Josh from a handful of group rides we were on together, but that was all I needed to see what a kind, calm, generous, friendly and INSANELY physically strong person he was. May he Rest In Peace.

Omid Torshizi

May 3, 2021

To Amanda and family ,

I am writing to express my sincerest condolences to you of the passing of Joshua. I know this is an uncertain and emotionally difficult time for you and your family.

Ahren Britton

May 2, 2021

I had the privilege of knowing Josh for the past few years and seeing him shine as his family grew. I’m not a religious person but i thought this particular verse aptly describes the person that he was.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

While i am deeply saddened that we have all lost Josh far too early, and too suddenly, I remain glad to have had the opportunity to know him for the time we had together.

We’ll all miss you Josh.

Kevin Schouten

May 2, 2021

I was a classmate of Josh at law school. I don’t believe I have ever read an obituary that better encapsulates the essence of someone. My wife Rosie and I had quite an adventure with Josh climbing Mount Kilimanjaro after law school and we have each sent Bennett and Deacon an email about this adventure. I continue to be torn on how sad I feel for Josh’s family but continue to smile as to my memories of Josh. May we all sprinkle a little Cinammon around the world, it will only be a better place.
Rosie and Kevin

Lance Follett

May 2, 2021

Amanda - I just heard this news and I am truly sorry. I cannot imagine what you must be going through now so I won't pretend to. Take care of yourself and your family as best you can and know there are a bunch of your ex-colleagues at Westport thinking about you. Lance.

Dan Parmar

May 1, 2021

Amanda

I am so sorry for your loss and I will truly miss Josh. I remember the first day I met Josh before he joined our company. Josh had a very easy way about him, and I remember he and I laughing a lot during our conversation. It was always that way with Josh, a coffee and a big smile every morning no matter how late he was up the night before working. We talked a lot about so many things and it was clear that family was most important to Josh. He loved talking about you and the boys and sharing stories about his family adventures. He loved his trips to Vernon and spending time with the boys on the farm. I remember Josh proudly showing me a picture of the boys in a pumpkin patch, while beaming about how much fun they had. That is the Josh I will always remember, a caring and kind person who loved his family.

MICHELE NAUSS

April 30, 2021

I was lucky enough to work with Josh not once but twice, way back at BLG Calgary Josh (and Amanda) and I met and we spent 4 years together then before we each went separate ways only to reunite again in Vancouver 3 years ago. I feel so lucky to have shared the last 3 years with him, getting to know his family! He was a spectacular person, always wanted the best for everyone around him, was an exceptional loving father and husband and always demonstrated that fiercely. I loved the days that little B got to come to work, watching Josh with his kids was always a joy. I know Amanda and the kids have lots the center of their world, but everyone who knew Josh lost a very big piece of special when the lost Josh. He will be very missed!

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