Pierce Jorritsma

Pierce Richmond Jorritsma

Monday, August 8th, 1994 - Friday, January 17th, 2020
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Pierce Richmond Jorritsma was the beloved son of Barb and Gregg Jorritsma and loving brother to Tristan Jorritsma all of Burlington. Pierce was named after his grandfather's William Richmond (pre-deceased 2001) of St. Catharines and Pier Jorritsma (pre-deceased 2015), and loved by his grandmothers Jeanne Jorritsma of Burks Falls, Ontario and Barb Cooper (pre-deceased 2001) of Listowel. Loved by extended family and friends from coast to coast and overseas.

We’re sad to announce that Pierce passed away at home on January 17th, 2020.

Anyone who knew Pierce knew how determined he could be. Despite struggles with ASD, learning disabilities, mental illness and a collapsed lung in 2015 that hospitalized him costing him a year of school, he graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) with a Bachelors of Graphic Design last year. He never let anything or anyone hold him back.

Pierce was meticulous in everything, whether it was the layout of his desk, or the collection and care of his prized collection of Nike sneakers. In fact, it was his passion for sneakers that led him to design, entering school with a goal to design great sneakers.

As a design graduate, he had strong opinions about the merits of North American design versus European design, admiring the simplicity, efficiency and functionality of European designers. And he wasn’t shy about sharing those opinions. Helvetica, anyone?

Pierce was all-in on his passions — music, craft beer, wine, cigars, his dutch heritage, and most recently his newly discovered indigenous heritage. He was endlessly intellectually curious. He frequently wrote essays and think pieces that his professors and teachers described as making them feel stupid. We fondly remember Pierce from his cerebral rants on various intellectual topics that went over our heads or simply his loud “Goofy” laugh.

Pierce was on a quest to understand where he “fit” in the world. He was a slave to fashion — his own fashion — creating new looks for himself and wearing them without an ounce of self-consciousness. A self-described designer, hooligan, and introvert, he was an empathetic, sensitive and stubborn perfectionist who was concerned about the world, and the impact that today’s corporatism and politics have on youth, his peers and himself. His younger brother Tristan looked up to him as a role model and inspiration. People said that “he always put others first”.

That was Pierce — a unique human being who touched everyone he met. We’ll miss him terribly.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Smith's Funeral Home (1167 Guelph Line, Burlington) on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 4:00pm - 6:30pm.

In lieu of flowers please send dedicated donations to:

The Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton -
The Aspergers Society of Ontario -

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    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:30pm
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:30pm
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    1167 Guelph Line
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Patti Moorcroft-Tasker

Posted at 05:16pm
God bless you Barb! ...and of course Gregg and Tristan. My heart aches for you on just finding out on the loss of your son, Pierce. I cannot imagine your pain on losing a child. We remember fondly your stories of the boys at the LDAH. You gave me hope for my own son and taught me to advocate. My tears today are for you. I know Pierce will be with you always and I pray knowing gives you comfort. Our sincere heart felt condolences.
Jake, Patti and Bill.

Janice Saunders

Posted at 12:25pm
Gregg and Barb and Tristan, I'm so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed seeing Pierce again after so many years when you came to visit our house in Kitchener. He was a lovely young man, interesting and so witty!
Janice Saunders and the boys

Nick Kovljenic

Posted at 10:50am
Gregg and Barbara,
Robin and I are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Nick Kovljenic

Lauren Mulroney

Posted at 02:48pm
What a beautifully written obituary.
I worked with Pierce at TPH and we bonded over his passion for art and design.
He was so smart and a perfectionist like no other. To Pierce's family, I am incredibly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Elisa Melo

Posted at 09:31am
I worked with Pierce for a few years and I remember the times we would spend trying to figure out fonts together and sharing our knowledge of Graphic Design with each other. Pierce was a smart guy and sometimes we would spend hours talking about our school and work experiences.
I am so sad to hear about Pierce's passing, and I will remember him in positive ways with a big smile and his goofy laugh.
To the family, I am so sorry about your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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