THE FOUNDER

Andrew Jacob “Jake” Hiebert -

“Big Rude Jake”

March 1, 1963 – June 16, 2022

Big Rude Jake, Jake Hiebert
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IN MEMORIUM

At home, surrounded by the love of his family, on June 16, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jake fought hard for more time with his cherished wife and daughter, Anna-Lisa Seeliger and 7-year-old Hope.    Beloved son of the late Jacob “Jake” (April 11, 2022) and Amelia “Amy” Hiebert; dear brother to Schelley, David (Paul) and Paula; and uncle to Taylor, Jacob, late Nathaneal (2017), Fiona, Liam and Michael. Jake will be sorely missed by his sister-in-law Christine (Roger); in-laws Joan and Bert (Ginny); as well as numerous cousins, extended family members, musicians, and dear friends. His passing is a tremendous loss for all who knew him.   He was known to many as Big Rude Jake, a talented and accomplished musician, songwriter, and poet with incomparable stage presence. His soulful music and lyrics inspired joy, reflection, philosophical thought, and unrestrained dancing. He will be deeply missed by many loyal, dear friends around the world.    Growing up in Niagara, Jake moved to Toronto in the late 1980s after graduating with honours from the University of Waterloo. He also lived in New York City, Strasbourg, France and London, UK. His busy life took him around the globe.    On stage, he was without compare. A deeply thoughtful man, his philanthropic mindset, ideologies, and contributions have bettered the lives of many, including those families helped by the Red Door Shelter in Toronto. His music enrichment services positively impacted the lives of many seniors and adults with disabilities.   Jake continued to play and write as long as his body allowed. His music and contributions will live on. During Jake's time on this earth, he built a profound, enduring legacy. He will be treasured and celebrated in our hearts forever.