One of my coworkers, Jordan Boyer aka JB died in a Fire Friday morning around 3am along with two of his other room mates Alysia Graham and Katie Charron. I can honestly say that I’m still in shock with this news. His one room mate Alysia would often come into the Starbucks that we worked with, and I had the pleasure to meet her last summer.
I remember the first time I had met JB. I met him in the early fall of 2012. He had just started working for Starbucks, and at the time, we had two Jordan’s working at our store, I asked him if he had a nickname to differentiate between the two, and he responded to me by saying “maaan I wish! It would make life that much easier!”, So I went over to see what his last name was and said, “I’ma call you JB from now on.”
As I continued to work with JB, I soon learned that he truly had a natural gift with connecting with people. A customer from out of town would walk in, and he’d cut them off mid sentence and say something like “I’m so sorry, but where is your accent from cause it sounds so siiiick!” and he’d have a conversation with them as if they had been best friends since kindergarten. He’d then ask them what they were doing in Toronto, what places they were visiting, suggest a beverage that they would enjoy, and by the time the customers left the store he’d end his conversation with, “Be sure to come back here and let me know how you like the drink, oh and by the way, my name is Jordan”, He would then walk to the front of the store, open the door for them and tell them to have a nice day.
JB was such an awesome story teller. He had just turned 22, and I remember one of the last days I worked with him, he told me that he got to meet some of the band members of Billy Talent and let them know that he was a huge fan and had been listening to their music since he was a kid.
I am devastated that Jordan got taken away from us too soon. He loved taking photos. He told me one of his favourite times of the day was when he’d be biking at 5 in the morning for an open, and be captivated by the whole sky turning orange. He’d take his camera out of his backpack and try to capture the moment. Speaking of photography, he introduced me to a Toronto photographer named tahaphoto . JB would always be in awe of how tahaphoto captures Toronto through the eye of an iPhone camera. He’d say “Maaan, This guys got a good eye!” It’s because of JB that I became so addicted to Tumblr.
JB, I am going to miss you you so much. I’m going to miss making your soy white mocha frappuccinos, hearing your stories of your cat Frankie, and how you were going to build him a boxed house with stairs for him to climb up on. Most of all I’m going to miss your contagious laugh, warm heart, positive spirit, and hearing you say “That’s so siiiiick!!!!”
R.I.P Jordan Boyer <3,