Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One



It is with immense sadness, devastation and heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our Joshua Emil Chornick at 18 years of age.  Joshua passed away on Friday June 28, doing what he loved most of all, hiking, likely singing and being in nature.

Cherished son of Chris and Deborah Chornick, big brother to Nathan and canine siblings, Bella and Tyler. Adored grandson of Richard and JoAnn Chornick and Muriel Zerbin. Treasured nephew, confidant and friend to Tricia and Terry McMillan. Nephew to Brian Zerbin and Raymond (Kim) Zerbin.

He is predeceased by Edgar (Opa) Zerbin, Jessie (Nanny) Chornick and Runa (Grandma) Hallson and his life-long canine companions Miszu and Shadow.

Joshua was an angel sent to this earth on September 24, 2000. He came into this world a fighter always knowing that he wanted to do things differently. Josh was blessed to grow up in East St Paul where his love for inclusion and community was evident in our many gatherings. He had such deep love for our supportive friends and neighbours, and we know that he would be thanking them for looking after our family so incredibly during this horrible time. Our family would like to thank those friends who have held us up and provided comfort, strength, sustenance and tactical assistance.

This world has lost one of the greatest change makers that we ever needed.  Joshua was a genius who excelled at everything: engineering, computer science, baking, gardening, painting and mindfulness just to name a few. His passion for changing our impacts on the environment to his desperate need to ensure everyone felt included shows that he was a living example of what we are capable of. He did more in his 18 years than most of us will do in our entire lives.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Falcon Beach RCMP and EMS, Whiteshell Search and Rescue and everyone who was there to help our beloved Joshua. From the bottom of our hearts we are grateful for those brave souls including you Matty, Kent and Curtis.

A celebration of his life will be held on Monday July 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church, 1315 Gateway Road. Out of our deepest desire to honour the man Joshua was, please be prepared to wear your brightest colours.

To honour his legacy Joshua’s family is hoping to support charitable organizations and the pursuit of education for students. This is done through the Joshua Chornick Memorial Fund set up with the Winnipeg Foundation. See information below.   Tax receipts will come directly from the Winnipeg Foundation.

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26 Guest Book

  • Kelly Cassie Posted July 5, 2019 5:40 pm

    My heart is breaking apart for you at seeing this news. He was obviously a wonderful son and person and the world won’t be the same without him. Much strength to you and his loved ones.

  • Louise Colin Mckenzie Posted July 5, 2019 5:42 pm

    Josh’s kindness, love of life, and enthusiasm will live on in you Deb, in Chris and in Nate. We’re incredibly devastated for your loss, and pray that the hole in your heart may feel warmth again one day.

  • Susan Desjardine Posted July 5, 2019 6:27 pm

    I cannot imagine the waves of loss, heartache, anger you are feeling in an ocean of emotions that your heart is flooded with right now. Your son was a change maker and everyone he touched, tutored, baked for and loved will never be the same. I was blessed to have known him and my heart aches for the loss of him in all our lives.

  • Carl Peters Posted July 5, 2019 7:57 pm

    Hi Deb, It’s been a long time since I’ve seen or talked with you. I saw your post, and my heart sank. I’m so sorry. I’ll be praying for you, and your family.
    – Carl

  • Shannon & Ryan Posted July 5, 2019 8:08 pm

    We have been so heartbroken knowing of the this terrible loss. You are all in our prayers and Josh will forever be remembered. We love you all and we will be with you all to celebrate the wonderful young man we all 💗 love. Biggest hugs! Love Shan and Ryan

  • Janice Phillips Posted July 5, 2019 8:20 pm

    Chris & family – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Chris – I know you were a loving parent to Joshua and so proud of him. He was very accomplished and, no doubt, the family love & support contributed to his achievements and kind ways. I’m thinking about you and wishing you peace & strength.
    Janice Phillips

  • Jennifer DiDonato Posted July 5, 2019 11:22 pm

    The greatest way, I think, a person can make an impact is upon others. Joshua made a profound impact on all of those who knew him. Hearing and knowing about him through his mother and the admiration and adoration shown through her love for him was thoroughly moving. His loss is surely felt but his legacy has had an impact on many. Thank you for sharing yourself and your spirit with us. You will be deeply missed.

  • Leanne Stoddart Posted July 6, 2019 6:29 am

    Deb, Chris and Nate, I am truly heartbroken for your loss of your beautiful, intelligent and caring son. Josh had such a quiet strength about him, I hope the memories of his many gifts and kind nature give you all the strength you need during this time. Much love to you all.

  • Anita Maharaj Posted July 6, 2019 9:16 am

    Chris, Deborah and Nate, and family- it was an honour getting to know Josh through his Grade 9 year in our Students Without Borders social justice group at River East Collegiate. Josh was passionate about wanting to make a difference in this world and matured into a knowing that change begins with each one of us…. through our thoughts, actions and deeds. His character embodies his beliefs. I met him last summer at Sobeyes where he beamed in explaining his 100 plus km hike through the Mantario trail solo and his incredible sense of accomplishment. I was awed by him then, as I always had been. Know this, he impacted many lives through his presence and he will continue to impact many lives through his incredible accomplishments and courage. A bright light has now been dimmed on our earth, but he has lit the light in many others to continue to burn bright and live light. We will always carry him in our hearts.

  • Val Posted July 6, 2019 10:02 am

    Tricia and family, words cannot express my feelings for you and your family. Please take comfort in the special memories you have shared with Josh. Keeping you in my prayers.

  • Susan Cruz Posted July 6, 2019 3:10 pm

    Deb, Chris and Nate… I know we haven’t seen each other since TKD day but today my heart breaks as I heard the news of Joshua and I just can’t imagine how you are all coping. My prayers and thoughts goes to you and ur family. My heart aches. My most deepest condolences to you all xoxoxo. I’m sooooo sorry … I’m speechless…. xoxoxo

  • Julie Navitka Posted July 7, 2019 4:09 am

    I remember Josh as such a kind, energetic, and ambitious student. His positivity and happiness were infectious and I could see, even at 13 years old, that he was wise enough to know to be true to himself at all times. The world has lost someone special in Josh. I am very saddened that I will not be able to attend his service and am sending my love and deepest condolences from Europe to his family and friends. ~Ms. Navitka

  • Janie Kupskay Posted July 7, 2019 9:59 am

    Joshua was a bright light in a sometimes dark world. He was a beautiful change agent who lead quietly. He made a difference in our River East high school while he was a student and continued to do so after he left. The world has lost a shining star but the heavens have gained one. Janie Kupskay Counsellor River East Collegiate

  • Teresa Skehan Posted July 7, 2019 3:25 pm

    Joshua no doubt was an amazing young man. Talking to his mother, he was the anchor of her life. While all shed tears now that he is gone, all hearts are cheerful knowing how much he had lived. What an imprint his footsteps left on so many. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories”. Thank you for enriching, guiding and blessing so many lives.

  • Jason Stalker Posted July 7, 2019 7:28 pm

    Our family is devastated by your loss. We can still see Joshua’s beaming smile that lit up the stage at the River East Graduation last year. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It is the pain that you feel which is a testament to the love that you shared.

  • Mark Foris Posted July 8, 2019 7:11 am

    Chris and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences at this very difficult time and my prayers are with you.

  • Kenny Sulyman Posted July 8, 2019 11:01 am

    Dear Chris and Debra, am so sorry for your loss. Debra always talk about Josh’s love for hiking, music, sports and more ..whenever we have opportunity to speak about our families. He was certainly her world. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and may God gives the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

  • Paula Marqus Posted July 8, 2019 4:21 pm

    Dear Deborah and Family,

    I am truly sorry for your loss. No words can express the pain you must be going through. My heart and prayers go out to you at this very difficult time.

    Paula Marques

  • Mykenna Seymour Posted July 11, 2019 12:24 am

    Dear Chornick family,
    I remember Josh from high school. We weren’t crazy close but he was a friend. He always knew how to make people feel welcomed and he knew how to cheer up the saddest people. He was one of those people who would change the world! He was such a smart and brave person. He is such a great person. I’m praying for your family. He will be greatly missed.

    Sincerely Mykenna Seymour

  • Diane Lau/ Bryon deVries Posted July 12, 2019 9:22 pm

    Chris, Deb and Nate, Bryon and I are so sorry for your loss. We know from conversations with Chris how special each of your boys are to your family.

  • Cathy Hrabi Posted July 15, 2019 12:26 am

    My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. Josh was always a bright, funny and caring student when he was at Robert Andrews School. He was a friend to all, a strong athlete and dedicated to his studies. His easy going and genuine happy attitude towards life will always be something I remember about him. Even though his time here with us was too short , he had a huge impact on many lives because he was always true to himself. He will fondly be remembered and cherished for his huge heart and spirit. Mrs.Hrabi

  • Lisa & Angelo Vaccaro Posted July 15, 2019 8:26 am

    Our Deepest condolences to the entire family during this difficult time .our thoughts & prayers are with you all .

  • Todd Wright Posted July 15, 2019 12:04 pm

    Dear Chornick Family, words can’t express how saddened we are to hear about your loss.

  • Lara Solmundson Posted July 15, 2019 6:51 pm

    Chris & Deb, that was an absolutely lovely tribute to Josh. You should continue to be proud of what was clearly a fine young man. Continue to spread the joy that was Josh.

  • Maddison szumlal Posted July 16, 2019 7:58 am

    Deb, Chris, Nate, I’m so in shock to hear of the news. It absolutely breaks my heart. Josh was an amazing, talented young man and I’m grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing him. Sending you guys all my love, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything at all please feel free to reach out. I love you guys and I’m still in shock over the news. Please know I would’ve definitely come to the service if I found out before today. Stay strong.

  • Simon Hiebert Posted July 16, 2019 10:21 am

    Chris I just learned of your son’s passing, my thoughts and prayers go out to you during this very difficult time.

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