Major Jason Edward Zelward
After a hard fought and courageous battle with cancer, Major
Jason Edward Zelward, passed away peacefully at Bobby’s
Hospice in Saint John on November 18, 2018 at the age of 35.
Born in Saint John NB on June 28th 1983, he
served with the Royal Canadian Engineers in the Canadian Forces for 17
years, primarily in Oromocto NB at Base Gagetown and most recently
with 1 Canadian Engineer Regiment in Edmonton, AB.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of
New Brunswick in 2007. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces
in June, 2001 as a Combat Engineering Officer.
His first posting was to 4 Engineer Support Regiment at Base
Gagetown from 2008 to 2011, CTC Headquarters from 2011 to 2012 and
Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering from 2012 to 2016.
Jason was deployed to Jerusalem with OP PROTEUS for a year and was
then posted to 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Edmonton Alberta as a
Squadron OC. His most memorable postings were as an
Instructor at CFSME where he strove to inspire young officers, his
time in Israel and at his final posting in Edmonton, doing the job he
Jason loved his two cats Lila and Wendell and they will miss
their daddy dearly. He loved to read and play video games to unwind,
usually with a glass of 18 year old scotch. He enjoyed
hiking and camping and he loved to travel. He considered
himself lucky to have seen so much of the world in his short time on
Earth. He was an avid runner and ran several half
Though his battle with cancer was brief, he faced everyday
with an indomitable spirit and determination. Never one to complain
about his own illness, he instead focused on his family, friends and
the people around him by trying to bring joy and laughter into their
Jason will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by wife
Bridget (Fraser), parents Edward and Jill of Saint John, sister Ashley
Zelward (Joshua Kilpatrick) of Upham, NB as well as two precious
nieces Lacey and Lydia. He is also survived by Grandparents
Arthur and Eva Zelward of Saint John, NB and Grandmother Mary
Merrithew also of Saint John, NB as well as many aunts, uncles and
cousins. He is predeceased by Grandfather Don
Jason’s family wishes to thank the Doctors, nurses
and staff who treated him at the University of Alberta Hospital, the
Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and would like to especially thank
the staff at Bobby’s Hospice in Saint John for the care and
compassion they provided in making his final days comfortable and
peaceful and full of beautiful memories and laughter.
Visitation in Saint John will be held at Fundy Funeral Home
on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 11:00 am -1:00 pm and 3:00 pm -8:00
pm. Visitation in Oromocto will be held on Wednesday, November 21,
2018 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Oromocto Funeral Home. The funeral will be
at St. Luke’s Chapel, Base Gagetown in Oromocto, with
overflow seating at St. Mary’s Chapel, at 2:00 pm on
Thursday, November 22. A Celebration of Life/Reception will follow at
the Officer’s Mess. Interment will occur at 11:00 am on Friday
November, 23 at Fernhill Cemetery in Saint John.
Donations can be made to Second Chance Animal Rescue Society
(SCARS) Alberta, The Oromocto SPCA or Bobby’s
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Major Jason Edward Zelward 19832018..