Jason Dylan “Dickie” Draginda

January 26, 1971 – December 12, 2019
Jason translated on December 12 on the full moon with friends and family softly singing “Three Little Birds”. Friends had placed a sage bundle and a white rose on his heart. It was a peaceful transition.
Jason loved his family and embraced his huge community of personal friends and caregivers into that category. Recent caregivers, Cindy, Karen, Natalie, Jordan and Allison are above and beyond. His friends are too numerous to mention though I’d like to thank Jonnie, Shane, Tim and Becky, and Davy J for their support in recent days.
Jason was always outgoing, a creative and dynamic personality, impossible to rein in even as a small child. He achieved his dream of a snowboard shop, the Ripping Giraffe, before his spinal cord injury. He’s had challenge after challenge these last 20 years and faced them with real courage, rarely sharing his sorrows. His openhearted nature got him through. He has tossed the wheelchair and is free of pain and limitation. Now he can soar.
He is survived by his Mom, Sheila Dixon and his stepdad, Michael Donaghy, his brothers Matt (Kerri) Dixon, Ben Dixon, sister Ada Draginda, Nephew Nolan Dixon, niece Adelaide Dixon, step Mom Anne Draginda, Uncles Brian (Linda) McLean, Brian Draginda, Aunts Toti (Peter) Lewis and Maureen Donaghy, step sisters Amber (Bert) Corbel, Jo Jones and Rhiannon Jones and their extended families.
He is predeceased by his brother Nathan Draginda, his father Jim Draginda, beloved grandparents Earl and Carina McLean, Pete and Isabel Draginda, and many friends.
His legacy of loving friendships is stellar, an inspiration to us all of how to do the best you can with what you’ve got. May we cross paths again and recognize one another. You’ve been such a gift.
There is an open house memorial gathering at his home on December 28 from 3 – 11 pm for personal friends and family. A send off party is being planned at the Spirit Bar on his birthday January 26, 2020. Details will follow.
Send pictures, stories, and condolences to ‘dickie’ here: gratefulfordickie@gmail.com
Our thanks go out to Dr. Kirsten who often went above and beyond, Eric, the Medical teams at Nelson and Trail Hospitals. Everyone was kind and compassionate. Arrangements by Thompson Funeral Home in Nelson.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence on the family’sonline register at www.thompsonfs.ca
ONE LOVE
Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.


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