Dr. Jihad Youseff Chaya

Monday, 20 September 1954 - Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Death Notice

Dr. Jihad Youseff Chaya (a.k.a. Jay and PaPa), born 1954 in Sofar, Lebanon, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the age of 58.  Dr. Chaya was one of 9 sons and 1 daughter to Youseff and Habous Chaya (both predeceased).  He is survived by his dear sister whom he loved immensely Nada and brothers Salim, Hussein and Adel.  Predeceased by brothers Rachid and Anwar. Other brothers currently unaccounted for. He is survived by a large extended family in Lebanon including many nieces and nephews, one of whom is Anwar Chaya who is currently studying medicine as Jihad was his loving role model. Jihad was very proud of Anwar and hoped he would come to Canada too. At the age of 17 Dr. Chaya courageously travelled abroad to study science at Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec where he successfully graduated and returned to the Middle East to embark upon a further pursuit of his love of study with a 5 year medical program.  Graduating successfully from the University of Bagdad he then interned in England for 2 years. After a short return to Lebanon, his place of origin and the home of his heart, he returned again to Canada to pursue a better future and career opportunities.  Struggling as a foreign medical graduate it was not easy as he spent years in Quebec City doing research for other Doctors but unable to practice medicine in Canada. In 1988 Dr. Chaya travelled to the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario to further his studies in Urology. Struggling as a foreign medical graduate to secure a license to practice surgery in Canada, Dr. Chaya eventually switched to study Psychiatry completing his five year residency at Queens University in 1994.  He spent the next few years working at the North Bay Mental Health Center before settling permanently in Sarnia, Ontario. It was at the University of Western Ontario where Dr. Chaya met his life’s love Terry-Lynn Brandon and together they travelled to Queens University and onto many adventures thereafter. Dr. Chaya is survived by 2 children, son Julian Annoir Brandon-Chaya and Katie Brandon-Wheeler (step-daughter) along with their mother Terry-Lynn Brandon.  

Dr. Chaya had a successful psychiatric private practice in Sarnia, Ontario while also working fulltime at the Regional Mental Health Center in St. Thomas, Ontario. At one point he served as Chief of Psychiatry at Bluewater Health.  He further maintained his love of education by serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario.  He excelled at everything he did through hard work and determination. Carmella and Frank Montanino along with Leila and David Boushy were his family away from Lebanon. And he greatly loved them along with the Sadaka family, who always welcomed him in their home. There were too many other Friends to list but he was well loved by all. Funeral arrangements handled by SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia: Visitation Friday, March 15, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm.  Donations to Bluewater Health Foundation attention: Mental Health or Suicide Awareness.

It was evidence of his faith that leads to the hope and belief that Jay is now resting in God’s Peace.


Friday, March 15, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm, at Smith Funeral Home.


Monday, March 18, 2013 at 11am at Smith Funeral Home.


Donations to Bluewater Health Foundation attention: Mental Health or Suicide Awareness.

31 Condolences

  • Yousery Nashed May 5, 2013 07:22pm

    Our deepest condolences to Terry-Lynn and family for your loss. Jihad was one time a Psychiatry resident working with me @ Queens University during his training. During that time he and Terry were great friends with my family including my 2 children. They took them skiing and playing various video games. My 2 children are chocked of Jihad's passing as My wife and i are too. He was a great person to know and always had a smile on his face. Oh ya, he finished training as a great Psychiatrist. He will be missed and one would hope that he is in a better place.

  • Ric and Denise Mocellin May 4, 2013 10:54am

    We offer our belated and heart felt condolences to you Terry and all your family. We will always remember your assistance in the time of our need with our son, Nicholas.
    Peace and love.
    Ric and Denise Mocellin

  • Teresa Morris April 22, 2013 10:19am

    My late husband was a patient of Dr. Chaya. We were honoured to have him as a physician. HIs dedication to his patients knew no bounds. I am devastated to hear of his passing. I just found out today, too late to attend visitation. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Gautam Soparkar April 1, 2013 10:09pm

    Heartfelt condolences to Dr. Chaya's family and friends. He was a valued and respected colleague and will be sorely missed.

  • Lori Swift March 20, 2013 03:36pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Ken Glenda Dezell-Radke March 20, 2013 09:17am

    Our prayers are with Jihad's family and loved ones in Canada and Lebanon.
    We ask a blessing on his relatives, friends and those he worked with, that the peace of God would guard their heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

  • Syed Nasir Ali March 19, 2013 04:53pm

    We will miss you, both at Bluewater health & in our hearts.

  • Lawrence Swift March 18, 2013 02:11pm

    Peace to Terry, Julian and Katie. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Tammbrey March 18, 2013 03:31am

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family Terry-lynn. With much Love and Respect.

  • The Lemieuxs March 17, 2013 08:22pm

    Terry, Julian (aka Jubs) & Katie

    Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences and we cannot imagine the sadness you must feel. Andrew is deeply sadden to hear that his good friend "Jubs" is having to deal with this tragic loss at such a young age. Our family is here to help if you should need it. We are just a phone call away.

    Kelly, Luc, Andrew and Mackenzie Lemieux

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