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Queen’s mourns loss of first-year student

A first-year Queen’s University student has died suddenly following a medical emergency on September 29th. 

Jacob Downey was an athlete and a recipient of the Peterborough Petes Education Fund Minor Hockey Scholarship. Downey was raised in Lindsay, Ontario. 

The 18-year-old was studying Kinesiology and one day dreamed of pursuing sports medicine. 

“An excellent student and athlete, Jacob was one of three recipients of the Peterborough Petes Education Fund Minor Hockey Scholarship program prior to arriving at Queen’s from his hometown of Lindsay, ON,” wrote Queen’s University in a press release

“Jacob had many friends from his activities and had already developed a number of friendships with fellow students and residents of Jean Royce Hall.”

Downey is being fondly remembered by Peterborough Petes today as well. “Downey shared with the Petes Staff that the positive culture curated by his PMHC teammates played a huge factor in his personal development,” said the Petes in a statement. 

“The entire Peterborough Petes organization is saddened to learn about the passing of Petes Education Fund Scholarship Recipient, Jacob Downey.”

Jacob will be deeply missed by his parents, Peter and Laurie, his extended family, and friends. 

Downey is the third Queen’s University student to pass away in 2021. The university says individuals needing support should reach out to Student Wellness Services, Faith and Spiritual Life, or supportservices@queensu.ca.

 “Good2Talk (for 24/7 confidential support, call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868) or EmpowerMe (24/7 confidential counseling by phone and online at 1-844-741-6389) are also available for support and resources.”

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