Former Windsor Beacon sportswriter Jason Shedd dies after long battle with cancer
March 2, 2013
Jason Shedd, a former sportswriter for the Windsor Beacon who battled cancer for several years, died Tuesday night.
A memorial service for Shedd, 38, was held Saturday at Timberline Church in Windsor.
Shedd is survived by his wife, Kelly, and their children Thea, 8, Destin, 5, and Owen, 2.
Shedd will be posthumously inducted into the Windsor High School Athletic Hall of Fame on May 13 as part of the media legacy award.
Shedd covered Windsor High School athletics, and continued to so even after being diagnosed with cancer.
Former Beacon editor David Persons said Shedd was passionate about life and about covering sports in Windsor.
“It was a tough four years. I think the amazing thing about those four years was that Jason knew from the outset that he was in kind of an unfair fight,” Persons said. “He was told from the get-go, I believe in late August of 2009, that he only had six months to live at best. I remember him telling me very clearly that he was going to fight this. He wanted to live for his family, for his wife, for his kids. He thought he could whip it. He was determined and passionate about wanting to live. He had a real passion for life.”
Shedd, who grew up in Florida and was a huge Florida Gators fan, stopped working for the Beacon in early 2012.
“He didn’t want people around him to feel sorry for him,” Persons said. “He didn’t want to sit at home and just dwell on this part of his life that he had no control over.”
Shedd won four sportswriting awards at the Colorado Press Association in Denver on Saturday. Persons said he worked with a lot of talented sportswriters in his 40 years in the business, but Shedd stood out when covering prep sports.
“I can’t think of a single one that covered high school sports with more passion than Jason did,” Persons said. “He just loved those kids like they were family. I’ll remember his passion. You run into a lot of people with talent, but sometimes passion and talent are a real rare mix.”