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Obituary: Jonathan Diamond, 1974-2016 

Jonathan Diamond
  • Jonathan Diamond

“To know Jon is to know life”

Jonathan Seth Diamond, born June 18, 1974, died on October 31st, 2016 after living a very full life in spite of a cancer diagnosis. Beloved by his large family and friends too numerous to count, Jon touched the lives of everyone he knew with his twinkling blue eyes, infectious laugh and larger than life heart.

Jon, Jonny D., Jona, Earl D, Diamond, JD, Slick, Johnny Diz, Dizzle Diamond, son, brother and Lisa’s cherished headache, Jon spent his early years growing up in Burlington, Vermont. He moved to Miami, Florida in his teenage years, then came back to his VT roots in1995. He realized he couldn’t be that far away from the mountains and skiing, his favorite sport that he excelled at with equal doses of thrill-seeking and graceful maneuvers. The higher and more treacherous the mountain, the happier Jonathan was. His other love was Lake Champlain, where he spent many summers enjoying escapades on his boat with Lisa and his much-loved dog Rhea, driving as fast as possible. Jon’s affection for cars and really anything with an engine turned him into a popular car salesman, most recently at Heritage Toyota where his flair for selling was evident to those lucky enough to be his customer.

Jonathan was a true extrovert--being around his numerous friends and loved ones gave him the most joy, especially those who joined him on his many adventures.

Jonathan is survived by his loving partner, Lisa Woodward of Essex Junction, VT, his father, Alan Diamond of Albany, NY, his mother, Lynne Durbin Crane, of Flat Rock, NC, his brother, Benjamin Lorin Diamond of Brooklyn, NY, his aunt Cheryl and her husband Bill Flook of Chester, NY and their daughter Lindsey Messina and his grandmother, Eleanor Diamond of New York, plus a large and adoring extended family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Sinai Synagogue on Dorset Street in South Burlington. Donations in Jonathan’s memory can be made to The Vermont Cancer Center or the VNA Respite House. Jonathan’s family would like to thank Lisa Woodward for her selfless and unwavering support of Jonathan, the incredible staff of Shepardson 4 at the UVM Medical Center for their compassionate care of Jonathan these past two weeks, and Dr. Steven Ades for supporting Jonathan through his journey with extraordinary professionalism and kindness. #DiamondStrong

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