JASQUITH, Avangulious

Avangulious Valentine Jasquith

November 4, 1966 – October 28, 2020

On Wednesday, October 28th, Avangulious Valentine Jasquith peacefully passed away at home, at the age of 53. Avangulious will be dearly missed by parents Norma and Errol, daughter Alisha Browne, sisters Amanda and Nadine, previous wife Nadine Gardiner, niece Ashley, nephews Adrien James and Jorden, as well as his grandmother, uncle and aunt, and extended family in the U.K.

Born in England, Avan and his family migrated to Toronto in 1975. In his early years he was shy yet talented, and took a liking to music and drawing.  He later continued to explore his love of music through DJing, and music remained his passion throughout his life.  He was described by many as the life of the party, not only because of his ability to have a pulse on the beat of music and culture, but also because of the air of enthusiasm and energy he brought to any space he occupied.  He had a sense of humour equally as sharp as his sense of style, and he loved to dance.

Avangulious went by many names, including Avan, Ajay, Nava, and DJ Ajay Casanova. He described himself as an enigma; someone who “cannot be explained”.

He spent most of his life in the company of others, often entertaining friends and family at his home.  He spent the summers during his 20s and 30s hosting barbecues, going for long motorcycle rides and making the most of the lifestyle Toronto had to offer. In his free time he would create mixtapes and design t-shirts, and in his work life at Bell Mobility, he was well thought of.  He excelled at Bell, receiving accolades year after year for being the best at what he did. His charismatic spirit enabled him to connect with many people, not just with his colleagues but hundreds of other people he’d interact with daily at the Eaton Centre.

Most of all, he loved his daughter Alisha, and was very proud of her, often saying that she was the best thing he ever did.

Avan’s family will be holding a visitation at St. John’s Dixie Chapel, 737 Dundas Street East, from 12:00 – 1:30pm on Thursday, November 5, 2020, with a service to follow from 1:30 – 2:00pm.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, November 6, 2020 at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, 409 Markland Drive, at 10am, for immediate family only.


Do not judge ME for ,….. the MAN/PERSON that I was.

The MAN I AM right NOW !



Becoming a better MAN, as my HIGHER POWER see fit.

That’s the Man I AM,

forever will be becoming that MAN till My



I hope you will be there during/at the end of my JOURNEY.

I would LIKE/HOPE to see you THERE at the END ! …………………

– Avangulious Jasquith

8 replies
  1. Sheldon
    Sheldon says:

    Aj we spent so much memorable times together , you will truly be missed. When times were tough you always had the voice of reasoning to look to a brighter day. We would always end our conversations by saying one ☝️. I always felt that you had my back. You truly understood the importance of friendship and enjoyed just hanging. They don’t make them like you anymore. Gone too soon. Rest in Gods presence , peace brother.

  2. Samuel
    Samuel says:

    Ajay, you were the smoothest salesman I have ever seen. You were professional and a class act. You took pride in your expertise in the art of selling. You could close two sales in the same time it would takes someone to close one. I learned a lot from you. On top of that, you were one of the funniest people I have ever met. I was so lucky to get to work with you. You made the day go by real fast. You were a deep thinker and you would reveal your thoughts through your jokes. Jokes that always had a sharp truth to them. I was honored to be considered a friend. You are a legend at the Eaton Centre and your legacy will never cease to exist. RIP brother.

  3. Mike
    Mike says:

    Words cannot Expres how much u ment and how much u will be mist. Aj and I have been through it all from school till now. We been everywhere and done almost everything together. We went from dressing alike wearing the same colour tight Edwin Jean’s dancing in the clubs with our jerry curl dripping, playing basket ball, looking girls, dj various events and riding moto cycle to name a few. These were thing we talk about weekly because they ment everything to him. He was a guy fully of life and love to entertain, that is why we use to have weekly barbecues at his house with countless friends. It broke my hearth when we couldnt do those things anymore and I know after talking to him every time about it, that it broke his 10x more. His spirit and drive was broken because he couldnt do the things he loved. He was never the guy to cry about it so u never really know his pain. I will never forget my best friend. The one I could have trusted with my life because when u became friends with aj, he will tell you how much he have your back and it was true. RIP my friend. You will live on in us and we will always remember the name AJ CASANOVA.

  4. Donny
    Donny says:

    The one that taught me how to ride. The one that showed me the ways at Bell. The one that came with me to buy my first and second bike. The one that loved my moms tomato Sause and always asked how my grandma was doing. I’m so happy to have meet you in my journey in life. You will always be remembered. RIP my brother.

  5. Sheri
    Sheri says:

    Thank you Avan for leaving an imprint on my life. You were a man of class, charm, creativity, intelligence and wit and saw the best in others. May the fond memories I have of you continue to transcend beyond this focused time of reflection. Until we meet again, peace be with you my friend. Love and blessings, Sheri

  6. Terence
    Terence says:

    Sorry to hear that your time has been cut short my man.
    You have been the most loyal friend that anyone could’ve asked for. Even thou we live distances apart no matter where I was in the world you always checked for me.
    Missed you at the shop and my long breaks walking to bell. Thanks for the phone perks btw.
    You will be missed my man.

  7. Des
    Des says:

    I am not sure how I should feel. I miss my friend. You were undeniably special, unique in your own right.
    I miss your sarcasm, your sense of humor and that cheeky smile, your charm, your stubbornness but most of all the support you have always given as a friend. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Power Avan ‘Ajay”… all my love Des

  8. Lamin
    Lamin says:

    Rest in peace aj … it was a pleasure to know you and be your friend. You will always be in my mind brother. I hope we meet in the next life. Love you lots lamin


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