Cleveland, Ohio – The Lakewood community is grieving the loss of 27-year-old Jacob Willison Shienkaruk, who tragically lost his life in a car accident on September 19, 2023. Jacob, born on June 5, 1996, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Kimberly Willison and Norman Shienkaruk, was a cherished individual whose vibrant presence touched the lives of many.
Angelo’s Lakewood shared Jacob Shienkaruk’s death news,
“The dining room will be closed for the rest of the day in honor of one of our own. RIP to Jake our beloved friend, coworker, front of the house manager, bartender, a amazing soul to all. You will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with the entire Shienkaruk family as they process this difficult time.”
The accident occurred on Cleveland’s West Side around 9 p.m. at the intersection of Rocky River Drive and Parkmount Avenue when Jacob’s motorcycle collided with a truck, resulting in fatal injuries. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner confirmed the heartbreaking news of Jacob’s passing, leaving his loved ones and the community in deep sorrow.
Jacob is survived by his parents, Norm Shienkaruk (Margie Saade) and Kim Willison (Joe Schoger), as well as his brother Joey and sister Sarah (Byron Weatherly). He also leaves behind his grandmothers, Queenie Willison and Gail Shienkaruk, and was surrounded by a supportive network of aunts, uncles, cousins, his niece Ava, and nephew Kingston, along with his girlfriend Grace Platten and numerous close friends. He was an amazing godfather to Reaghan and Olivia, the beloved daughters of his cousin and best friend, Matthew Pappin, and his wife April. Jacob’s warm-heartedness and infectious positivity made a lasting impact on everyone he encountered.
A GoFundMe page is setup by John Oskowski for fundraising to help the family of Jake Shienkaruk. It is stated:
“Hello! My friends and I are raising money for the family of Jake Shienkaruk for funeral expenses. Jacob was riding his motorcycle on Tuesday September 19th and was tragically struck by a truck and killed.
Jake was a fixture at Angelo’s pizza in Lakewood for over a decade and people flocked to see him likely to feel his positive and generous spirit. If you knew Jake you loved him.His family is absolutely devastated at this immense time of grief.
If knew Jake you loved him Jake made friends with people of all ages and walks of life. A genuine soul willing to help anyone and everyone who needed it. Jake touched the lives of many, not only his friends and families, but everyone he encountered in small and mighty ways. Jake took the time to make sure everyone felt welcomed and loved and he could make anyone feel at home with one big hug.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Shienkaruk’s not only to cover funeral expenses but also to ease the burden of taking time from work to grieve, and process during this time.
Money can’t take away grief but reducing the stress of having to worry about a respectful and proper end of life celebration and taking time off work to grieve and process this immense tragedy is not anything anyone should have to deal with. Myself and His friends and family appreciate anything you can give, no amount is too small.”
Though Jacob’s life may have seemed brief, those fortunate to know him understood that the quality of his existence surpassed the quantity of time one lives. His radiant smile, upbeat personality, and ability to spread joy were gifts that brightened the lives of all those around him.
Family and friends are invited to honor and celebrate Jacob’s beautiful life on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Sunset Chapel located at 6245 Columbia Road, North Olmsted, Ohio. The gathering will provide an opportunity for the community to come together, remember Jacob, and support one another during this difficult time.