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Jason David Ellis was born July 15, 1976, and went home to the loving arms of his savior, Jesus Christ, at age 47, on November 3, 2023. He was born the only child, to Jeffrey Ellis and Sharon Ronalter Ellis. He lived the majority of his life in Torrington, Harwinton and Goshen. He attended Harwinton Consolidated School, Torrington Christian Academy, and graduated from Torrington High School in 1994. His early years, the family lived in Harwinton at Harwinton Lake on Timberlane Road. He shared those early years with his first dog, Gracie, followed by two very mischievous pups that he found in the woods, brought home to his Mom, and became part of the family as Binky and Caleb. He and his childhood friends spent wonderful days and summers, swimming at the lake, hiking in the woods and riding their bikes.
He was raised in a Pentecostal home and later joined the Assembly of God Church. While attending the Christian Academy, he loved playing basketball and the Christian education he was given. Later in life, he enjoyed staying fit by going to the gym. His working career was focused on customer service, but his passion was IT sales. Jason got his sales charisma from his grandfather. The last 10 years of his life, he devoted to caring for his mom who had multiple healthcare issues over the years which eventually led to her disability. He cared for his mom till she passed on January 6 of this year.
Jason enjoyed being active and had a hard time sitting still. He loved music, dancing, hanging out with his friends, good food, fast cars, nice clothes and being at a beach, lake or the ocean. He liked sunbathing and taking the boat out on the lake for a ride. He was a daredevil, a protector, a risk taker, and an adventurer.
You could love and adore him one minute and be madder then hell at him in the next minute. He liked to travel for work or pleasure and meet new people. Like his grandfather, he could talk to a total stranger like they were his best friend. He loved watching movies and could watch the movie, Alien, on a daily basis which would drive his mother crazy! He loved the time he shared with Tonya, Shawna and Laura and Selena. These four women were always there for him and tried to help keep him on the right path throughout his life. To Jason’s friends both old and new, thank you for being there for him, counseling him, listening to his struggles and giving good advice. You did allow him a safe haven and a place to share his hopes and dreams. Jason was blessed during his life to have many friends. These friends have continued to be a support to his family even after his death. We are so very grateful to all of you. Jason is survived by his aunts and uncles, Steve and Debbie Nadaskay, of Goshen whom he lived with, Rick and Linda Ronalter of Torrington and his cousins, Ruth and Seth Ronalter. He will be missed at the house by Scooter, his cat and our dogs, Lulu and Alfie. Alfie loved to drive him crazy by barking at him when he first came home but loved being his “nap buddy” when they fell asleep together snuggled up in a chair. We want to extend our gratitude to the Ct State Police Troop L for all their support and kindness during this difficult time and their wonderful canine unit. We would also like to thank the Resident State Trooper of Harwinton and the Harwinton Volunteer Ambulance for their assistance and compassion. In lieu of flowers, we would ask you to donate to prevent suicide at: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention199 Water Street New York, NY 10038 Or the Ct State Police Troop L 452A Bantam Road Litchfield, CT. 06756
Jason suffered many losses throughout his 47 years. Like all of us, he had demons and struggled with them for over 20 years. These demons of addiction and unresolved grief kept his mind and heart from being able to heal and find peace. Please if you are hurting and suffering reach out to find the help you need. Don’t let the demons win. Drugs don’t fix the problem they only create more problems. We pray that now with his Lord and Savior, Jason has found his peace and rest. We hope that you remember Jason David Ellis at six foot two, with blondish hair and blue eyes for his giant hugs that would scoop you off your feet, his wonderful smile and for being there when you needed him most. I will remember a little blond hair boy who called me “Dede”, didn’t let anyone. else call me “Dede”, loved his mom unconditionally, had me wrapped around his little pinky, and who I will remember every day, miss every second and love every moment for the rest of my life!