Last night, word broke from Western Canada of the unfortunate passing of Jay Smith. Jay was a guitarist with Matt Mays and, prior to that, Cape Breton rock band Rock Ranger, with whom The Monoxides had the pleasure of sharing the stage with.
Matt Mays’ Facebook page offered fans the following update last evening.
Our guitar player and dear friend Jay Smith passed away this morning in Edmonton. As you can all imagine, we are completely devastated. However, in our heart of hearts we know that we need to Play on. Jay’s family as well as the band know he would have wanted it that way. All the proceeds from the remaining shows will be put into a trust for his two beautiful children. Jay’s wit, charm, and unparalleled love of music will never be forgotten.
He was our brother and he will live in our hearts and song forever.
Matt, Serge, Damien, Adam and Matt
The Matt Mays Facebook page has since been flooded with messages of condolence from across Canada. It is a true testament to the kind of person that Jay was.
Jay was an absolute gem of a human being and a damn great guitar player to boot. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
A trust fund has been set up for his family. Donations are being accepted on the Matt Mays website. Please take a moment and donate what you can.
Also, a benefit show is being held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday April 7. Specifics on the show are still coming together as I write this however you can stay up to date by heading to the event’s page on Facebook.
The show organizers are currently looking for items for a silent auction. If you have anything that you can donate to the cause, please email ashley@halifaxpopexplosion
Rest In Peace, Mr. Rock Ranger. Thanks for the music.