Jonathan Brittell, born July 28, 1997, in McKeesport, PA, passed away unexpectedly, on April 28, 2023, in Norfolk, VA.
Jonathan graduated from James Madison University and was pursuing a master’s degree in public health from Old Dominion University, supporting his occupation and passion for environmental science. He loved nature and had an innate curiosity and concern for all living things and our fragile planet. He was a talented guitarist and enjoyed a wide range of musical expression. While intellectually focused, he was also warm, friendly and freely giving of his time to all in need. “It’s cool,” was frequently his response to any request. He was concerned about societal issues and, while frustrated by our inability to enact timely change, he believed in our human capability to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. He was a strong proponent of democracy and during elections volunteered to drive citizens to the polls. He enjoyed playing games. He had a green thumb and was likely to gift you a plant or diagnose an ailing one. Jonathan cared deeply about all of us and will be dearly missed.
Jonathan is survived by his brother Joe, mother Lisa Doyle (Jay), father John Brittell (Beth), girlfriend Michaela, grandparents: Kitty & Jerry, aunts: Lori, Mindy, Annette, uncle Mickey, and numerous cherished cousins and friends.
A graveside celebration of Jonathan’s life will be held at 3:00pm, on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Mountain View Memorial Park, in his beloved Appalachian Mountains, in Boones Mill, VA, just outside of Roanoke. His ashes will nurture a new dogwood tree in a forest setting. Please wear tie-dye (or not) and if you are so inclined bring a musical instrument. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, American Society for Suicide Prevention, National Alliance on Mental Illness or your favorite charity.