Todd Jenkins

Todd Jenkins

Todd Jenkins’ life to be celebrated

Todd Jenkins, 41, will be remembered in a celebration of life on April 11 in Williams Lake.

Todd Jenkins, 41, will be remembered in a celebration of life on April 11 in Williams Lake. Also known as Todd Serious in the music world, he died Saturday, March 7, in a rock climbing accident in Black Velvet Canyon, west of Las Vegas.

Todd and brother Cory, both avid and experienced climbers, were climbing with friends at the canyon at the time of the accident. He and Cory were on separate routes at the time.

The eldest son of Barry and Judy Jenkins was born and raised in Williams Lake. A gifted child, he had difficulty with the constraints of the school system, but he graduated from Columneetza Senior Secondary and went on as an adult to attend Cariboo College in Kamloops and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia. He became a youth worker in Vancouver and also remembered fondly his work with the Williams Lake Boys and Girls Club. He said it was the best job he had ever had.

Todd was passionate about many things, but topping the list of interests, in addition to climbing and mountaineering, was his punk rock band, The Rebel Spell, with which he toured numerous times across Canada, frequently in the United States and twice in Europe.

He was front man and vocalist for the group he founded about 10 years ago in Williams Lake. He took countless hours to write his lyrics with purpose and dedication that proved not only to be effective to his audience in the music scene but also in his personal life.  People far and wide valued his opinions and ethics. He put immense time and effort into helping people’s lives on a daily basis as well, treating everyone he encountered without prejudice in hope of changing the world around him. As a political activist, he expressed his strong principals related to animal rights, racism and mistreatment of indigenous people.

He and other band members espoused a vegan lifestyle and a philosophy of doing no harm to living creatures. The rescue of lost, abandoned or mistreated dogs and other animals was important to him and his friends.

Todd and his brothers, Leigh and Cory, were snowboarders, skateboarders, lifeguards, swimming teachers and competitive swimmers with the Blue Fins Swim Club. His most recent aquatic position was as a lifeguard at the Lillooet Rec Centre. With his father, Barry, Todd and his brothers and friends built the biggest skateboard half-pipe north of Kamloops in the family’s backyard.

He is survived by his parents, brothers Cory and Leigh, sister-in-law Cheron Souza, nephew Anthony Jenkins,  and Todd’s partner Anna-Raye Douglass, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Canada and the U.S.

The celebration of life will be from 1 to 5 p.m. April 11 at Lake City Secondary School – Williams Lake Campus 640 Carson Drive, Williams Lake. Friends and relatives are invited to join the family at that time and share memories.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals (R.A.S.T.A.) or the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake in Todd’s name.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A 100 Mile RCMP officer stands watch at the intersection of Highway 97 and Horse Lake Road. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
UPDATE: RCMP arrest suspect south of Williams Lake after chase through 100 Mile

A half dozen police cars were seen heading north on Highway 97

(Tribune file photo)
Roses to Good Samaritans who helped me during theft

It restores one’s faith in human nature

Wyatt McCullough didn’t make it look easy, but he managed to succeed in the steer wrestling event at the High School Rodeo, held during in 2020 at Alex Fraser Park. This was the first rodeo event held in Quesnel in 2020 after everything else was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Saddle up: Quesnel Rodeo Club planning three 2021 events

Club president Ray Jasper said the rodeos could include rough stock events

A health-care worker looks at a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Palais de Congress site as Quebec begins mass vaccinations based on age across the province, Monday, March 1, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Nearly 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses arriving in Canada this week: Anand

Anita Anand says she’s received assurances from the vaccine manufacturer

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Black Press file photo)
Agassiz boy, 11, dies from ‘extensive injuries’: Homicide team

Agassiz RCMP were called out Friday to assist with a child in medical distress

Dr. Amit Desai of St. Francis Hospital receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17. (Photo courtesy of CHI Franciscan)
B.C. has now vaccinated more people from COVID-19 than total confirmed cases

B.C. has reached a milestone, vaccinating roughly 1.6% of its population from the coronavirus

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a suspect who smashed the window of an adult toy store and made off with more than $1,200 in merchandise. (File photo)
Vancouver Island sex shop out $1,200 in merchandise after suspect steals ‘colossal’ product

Suspect smashed window of Nanaimo store, cutting himself in the process

Riverside Calvary Church in Walnut Grove. (Langley Advance Times file)
B.C. is ‘stereotyping’ churches as riskier for COVID than other spaces, lawyer argues

Judge said that freedom of expression, religion are not at issue in the case

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell gets acquainted with Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird’s 10-month-old daughter Sophia, husband Steve and four-year-old Amy at the B.C. legislature before a ceremony to endorse the Tsawwassen Treaty, Oct. 15, 2007. (Sharon Tiffin/Black Press)
Indigenous consent comes first and last for B.C. industrial projects

Environment minister can still approve permits without consent

B.C.’s court of appeal in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Kootenay man appeals 7-year conviction for New Year’s Eve kidnapping, beating

Brandon Coons, 27, was convicted on five charges, including assault with a weapon

An investigation is underway after two VPD officers were recorded posing for pictures near a dead body at Third Beach on Feb. 24. (Screen grab/Zachary Ratcliff)
Vancouver officers placed on desk duty after filmed posing next to dead body

Pair put in ‘non-deployable, admin positions’ as the investigation into their conduct continues

Most Read