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Jackman, Nathan Derrick

(May 5th, 2024)

The life of Nathan Derrick Jackman is being honored by family and friends. On Sunday, May 5, 2024, Nathan passed away tragically in a car accident. He was born on August 21, 2006, in Nelson, beloved son of Tammy and Derrick Jackman.

Nathan was preparing to graduate from LV Rogers and eagerly anticipating his second year with the Castlegar Rebels hockey team.

An emerging hockey talent, Nathan spent a semester of grade 12 at Stanley Humphries while playing for the Castlegar Rebels. His passion for hockey ignited early, joining Nelson Minor Hockey at age five and progressing all the way through with his final year with the U18 rep team.   He then moved on to play with the West Kootenay Crusaders AA Zone team the following year. After a summer of hard work, known for his dedication and impactful presence on the ice, Nathan earned a spot with the Junior A hockey team, the Castlegar Rebels, at just 17 years old.

The love runs deep in the hockey community with heartfelt tributes pouring in from his local hockey teams as well as tributes from Dallas to Boston. As a devoted fan of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, Nathan’s life was recently commemorated by the team. During Game 5 against the Colorado Avalanche, attended by nearly 19,000 fans, the Stars displayed Nathan’s name and photo on the Jumbotron between periods. Sportsnet also honoured Nathan with a tribute during the intermission of the broadcast of the Boston v. Florida game.

Beyond hockey, Nathan enjoyed golfing with friends and cruising the West Arm in his tinner with his close companions. He cherished his family and friendships deeply, bringing love and joy wherever he went with his infectious smile and vibrant spirit. Described by friends as passionate, adaptable, generous, and kind, Nathan’s presence brightened every room he entered.

Nathan is survived by his loving parents, Tammy and Derrick, along with grandparents Rick and Cheryl Jackman of Cranbrook, Karen Kinakin of Salmo, his uncles and aunts – Jason (Tonya) Jackman, Kevin (Heather) Jackman, Lisa (Craig) Stemmler, cousins Mya, Dawson, Chloe and Jaden and many other family and close friends including lifelong partners in adventure and good times, the Mowery’s. Nathan was predeceased by his grandfather Alex Kinakin (Who would have been his biggest fan).

A celebration of Nathan’s life will take place on Saturday, June 8th, at 1:00 PM, at the Nelson and District Community Complex, located at 305 Hall St.

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