In Loving Memory
Jonathan Christopher Beleshko passed away peacefully at his home in Edmonton on March 11, 2022. Jon would have turned 34 years old on March 28th. Born to Nancy Brenneman and Ken Beleshko, Jon was the second child in the family after his sister Jenn.
Jon spent his early years growing up in the Millcreek neighbourhood and attended King Edward elementary school, where his artistic interests were visual art and music. He
became a member of the Dancing Elephants and Performing Peanuts in the afterschool program there – the beginning of his performance career. Jon graduated from the Victoria School of Performing Arts in 2006.
Jon was a kind and loving man with a beautiful smile and big brown eyes. He met and
became engaged to the beautiful Lisa Bonato and enjoyed travelling to her home in Australia in 2016.
Jon developed many talents during his life:
He became an accomplished musician and led indie-alternative music projects including Ursa Minor and Abruzzi Spur. The bands performed locally and recordings are on well-known streaming platforms. Jon played lead guitar and sang from his heart – “In a Box” tells of the struggles he endured.
Jon was an avid fly fisherman. He was never happier than when he had a beautiful brown trout, small mouth bass, Australian barramundi in his hands. Fishing fed his soul.
Jon was very athletic. He became one of the nomadic boys who roamed the streets in search of the perfect skateboard ramp. As a member of Young Life he trained at skateboard and snowboard camps. He was once captured by the Edmonton Journal doing a snowboard backflip over the full moon.
Jon chose a career in welding and during his training with the 488 Pipefitters Union, he became the Canadian apprentice champion. He achieved accreditation as a B-pressure welder, Red Seal.
Jon chased extreme weather phenomena with a passion. He was also an amateur
pyrotechnician and rocket launcher extraordinaire. Many stories can be told.
Jon struggled with mental health and addiction. He became a member of the AA
community and was a mentor to many of his friends. He finally succumbed to his struggle and sadly left us way too early. He will be sorely missed by his mother, Nancy Brenneman; father, Ken Beleshko (Czyndhi); sister, Jenn Engberg (Peter) and nephew, Dawson; half brother, Scott Gray; his aunt, Heather Brenneman; uncles David Brenneman (Dianne), Ron Brenneman (Jan), and Harry Beleshko; cousins, Kendall and Ferrell Beleshko; and many other relatives and friends.
Jon is at peace and with us in our hearts.
Celebration of Jon’s life will be held at Queen Mary Park Community Hall (10844 117 St NW) in Edmonton, on Friday, March 25, 2022 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Donations in Jon’s memory may be made to Moms Stop the Harm.