AMHERST, MA- Jonathan Powell, 50, died on May 24 after a brief battle with dementia. He is survived by six loving siblings: Van (and partner Beth), David (and partner Kendy), Faith, Susan (and partner John), Mark (and wife Beth), and Joy (and partner Carl); by his nieces and nephews, Pamela, Dave, Teaghan, Hazen, Riley, Molly, Luke and Seth; by one grandniece and four grandnephews; one aunt and uncle; and numerous cousins and friends.
Mr. Powell was born on June 26, 1968 to Howard and Gladys Powell, of Stratford, NJ, and soon after moved with his family to live on Sky Farm in Jacksonville, VT. In 2004, Mr. Powell moved to Easthampton and became a client of Riverside Industries, which supports individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs. Here he finally realized his dream of independence. He worked for Silver Spoon, Williston Northampton School, UMass, and Amherst College. He lived for nine years with his good friends Raymah and Richard (Hutch) Hutchinson in Easthampton. In early 2018, following his diagnosis, Mr. Powell moved into a group facility in Amherst where he received wonderful round-the-clock care from a dedicated staff until his death.
Mr. Powell was an outgoing, gregarious, fun-loving man who brought joy to many people. He loved music, dancing, golf, bowling, baseball, and fast cars. He enjoyed going to wrestling and monster truck events, Bruce Springsteen concerts, Red Sox games, and the beach. He was an extraordinary man whose abilities were never limited by his disability. His generous love, empathetic soul, and vibrant spirit live on in all those who knew him and loved him.
A celebration of Mr. Powell’s life will take place on Saturday, July 20, 1 to 3 pm, at Easthampton Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 112 Main Street, Easthampton. Memorial donations may be made to: Riverside Industries Inc., One Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA 01027 or The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087.