1977 – 2020
Foster, RI – Dr. Jake L. Stymiest, PhD, born in North Bay in Ontario, Canada and resident of Foster, Rhode Island, died unexpectedly on January 2, 2020.
Jake is survived by his wife, Alessandra Folz; his parents, Lynne and Don Stymiest; his brother, Andrew Stymiest; his nieces and nephews, Taylor, Hayley, Breanna, Grace, Parker, Ronan and Marguerite as well as his dear family and friends: Patricia and Ronald Folz, Sosanna Folz and Todd O’Malley, Shawn Gilmore, Jaime and Bill Ford, Miranda Stymiest and Julie and Lonn Rider.
Jake was born July 2, 1977. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a PhD in Organic Chemistry and pursued Postdoctoral studies at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. A published research scientist, his work was important to the field and he was valued for his contributions and his friendship by his many colleagues.
Jake was devoted to his family and friends – he loved to gather with those dear to him and share a toast and a story. He had a beautiful sense of humor, a great intellect and a joy for life. He was an avid outdoorsman and incredibly proud of his Canadian heritage and the life skills taught to him by his parents.
Jake married Alessandra in 2013 and they shared a life of much love, joy and laughter. We were blessed to have him as family. He became a dual Citizen in 2017 and leveraged his standing to celebrate all holidays in both countries and to improve his options for sports teams.
There aren’t enough words to describe how important he was to so many people. “The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.”
A visitation and blessing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. Immediately following the visitation the family wishes to invite everyone to gather for a reception at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, 14 Mechanic St, Southbridge, MA. 01550 from 4:30 pm- 7:30 pm, telephone (508) 765-8000. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation in Jake’s name to the Ronald McDonald House in Toronto, Canada: https://2060.thankyou4caring.org/pages/tribute-gift-form. For memorial guestbook, visit www.GilmanandValade.com.