- 71 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 14, 1942
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Mar 6, 2014
- Place of passing:
Coral Springs, Florida, United States
|Heather will live on in our hearts forever!|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Heather A. Bridgemahon.
Heather was born to Ronald Bridgemahon and Hyacinth Collymore-Bridgemahon. She graduated from St. Hilda's Diocesan High School for Girls in Brown's Town, St. Ann, Jamaica with a Senior Cambridge Certificate, the equivalent of a U.S high school diploma. She began working first for the Ministry of Education and eventually with the Bank of Nova Scotia in various Jamaican locations.
In the late 1970's Heather immigrated to the United States and soon began working in the banking industry and ultimately retired as a Bank Auditor for the State of Florida.
Heather enjoyed travel, books, family, watching tennis and British television shows. She was a devout Roman Catholic and a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Miami.
She fought a courageous battle with leukemia.
Heather's services were held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 as detailed:
The Viewing was held from 9:30am-10:30am
at Van Orsdel Family Funeral Chapel
11220 N. Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33176
The Funeral Service was held at 10:45am
at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
9200 SW 107th Avenue
Miami, FL 33176
Heather's Catholic Church does not allow an open casket viewing so when her body entered the church her casket was closed and draped.
NO FLOWERS or FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS were allowed in the church as required by Heather's church. Flowers and arrangements were permitted at the Van Orsdel Family Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, you may wish to send a donation to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation:
1. By telephone the phone number is 813-745-1403
2. On line @ Moffitt.org & click on the donation link.
3. Mail a check to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation
12902 Magnolia Drive UTC Found.
Tampa, Fl. 33612
Her burial will be held at a later date after cremation.
Heather is survived by her sister Michele Bridgemahon-Anderson; her brother-in-law, Rufus Anderson; her nephews, Shaun and Jason Lusan; her niece, Kimberly Anderson; her aunts, Eunice Collymore and Ena Collymore-Woodstock; grand nephew and niece, Andre Lusan and Selena Lusan; as well as many dear cousins, and a host of other family members and friends.
"When Heather stepped off the train at her station our God was there to welcome her home."--Michele
"I can't believe two years have passed already. So many things have happened since you've been gone. I keep thinking that you're missing everything but you haven't. You can really see everything now, can't you? Missing you today and everyday..."
"Bruce and I are remembering you today. We think and speak of you often. RIP dear friend."
"In loving memory of my dear friend Heather, you are always in our thoughts."
"Sweet memories are the paradise of the mind
My mind still talks to you
My heart still looks for you
My soul knows you are at peace."
"You are surely missed and thanks for all the memories Lots of love
"Dearest Aunt Heather, you know you remain in our hearts always and particularly today--your birthday! Missing you!"
"Happy Birthday in Heaven Aunt Heather. You are missed and loved by so many."
"A sadness still comes over us
Tears in silence often flow
Memory keeps you ever near us
Though you died one year ago."
"Rest in Peace to my dear grand aunt, I haven't forgot about you and I never will. Put a good word with the big man for me :). I miss you and a day doesn't go by that I don't think about you."
"Although we smile and make no fuss
No one misses her more than us
And when old times we oft recall
That's when we miss her most of all."
"Remembering Heather & holding on to precious memories of the good times & thinking how blessed & honored I am that God made her my sister. I know she lives in His Kingdom & what a day of rejoicing it must have been when she met Our Savior & all our departed family & friends Soar Heather soar on your new adventure somewhere over the rainbow."
"Heather - Since our childhood as neighbours I am so glad I got to know you again!!
A year has passed - the sorrow gentles and the blessed glow of beloved memories remain. We know you are resting in peace and caring for your loved ones from Heaven. Be forever blessed!!!"
"Said a prayer this morning on your 1st anniversary in Heaven. Remembering you with love. Bruce and I miss you and think of you often."
"Bruce and I were in Tennessee on the day of Heather's funeral service and were sorry we couldn't attend.
Heather was on our minds throughout the day and in order to share a small part in her service we went to our little country church. The church was closed but we found a caretaker who graciously opened it for us. We told him we wanted to say a prayer for our friend whose funeral was being held that day in Florida.
There in the peacefulness of this tiny country church with the beautiful mountains as a backdrop we were able to say a prayer, light a candle and thank Heather for being a wonderful friend and a joy to be around.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family.
Bruce & Geri Hodgson"
"On a warm, beautiful Miami Monday we buried your ashes at the cemetery while also remembering & celebrating your birthday, today.
Even though you've been gone just 5+ weeks it seems much longer probably because our sister calls have ended. & I have to make do with memories from photos & my heart. The love & support I've received from family & friends has been amazing & I know that you would have wanted that for me & been pleased.
So Happy Birthday In Heaven Heather, I miss you."
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Aunt Heather touched the life of anyone that had the honour of knowing her. This is especially true with me, as I had quite a relationship with Aunty. I miss you so much Aunty, unexplainably so, but I know you reside in the Kingdom of the Lord, with no pain, and no strife. It brings me great joy to know this in my heart even if my mind wishes you were still here with us. The verse aforementioned is a perfect example of what your passing shows us. We should mourn, however we should also celebrate your life and your accomplishments, which number too many to count. Overall I was blessed to have you as my wonderful Aunt and I will miss you and love you forever."
"email sent to sister Michele by Heather's co-worker and friend Juan Bermudez:
I wanted to say hello and to express my most sincere condolences for Heather’s passing away. It was a privilege to have met Heather at work and enjoy firsthand her character. She was an excellent human being who got along very well with other people but at the same time was very independent and respectful of everybody. She was able to be a great team player at work while at the same time staying away of negative group behavior. Her work ethics and the quality of her work were outstanding. In other words it was always an enjoyment to work with her.
As if what I said above was not enough for one person to be blessed with, Heather also represented to me all the values that in the old school meant to be someone with class: integrity, refined manners, intellectual interests, and consideration for others. In addition to all that, she had a great sense of humor, loved sports, but above all, she was my friend and I will always miss her.
Finally, I want to congratulate you for the beautiful website that you made for Heather which shows how lucky she was with the family and friends she had, and which will make it easier to remember her to all of us that loved her. My prayers are with you, your husband and your children.
"Aunt Heather or what I simply say is Aunty. I’m still struggling with the fact that you are no longer with us. Truly missed. Trust!
Countless memories of great times and laughter roam my mind. These will be cherished forever.
As an adolescent I remember a few things. Crabbing in the country side in Jamaica as I peeped through the window of the car watching you and Grandma master the art of capturing the crabs then putting it into the "crocus bag". Then to include me you allowed me to hold to the "crocus bag" with instructions … “Don’t let the crabs get out Jason." I’m thinking I was about 5 or 6 at that time so one can just imagine the responsibility, excitement and fear. Yet, I still wanted to do it.
We feasted that night. Great Time, Great Time!
Other good memories as a child was a trip to the Green Grotto caves in Runaway Bay, trips to what I as a child referred to as “Aunty's Beach" in Discovery Bay and her playing my childhood 45 record favorite lyrics “Keep On Doing What You Are Doing Sammy” for me on her record player. Cherished memories for sure.
I could go on and on about the fond memories, but there is one that draws near to my heart. It’s the purchase of my first car. I was 17 yrs old with no credit. Aunty was the only one that trusted me, had the confidence in me and cosigned for me on that vehicle when no one else would. That selfless act spoke volumes to me and has carried me throughout my life as I reflect to do my best to do the same. Kindness and joy is what Aunt Heather was all about. I’m an adult now, a father and I have passed that on to my little heart ... Selena.
In the end Aunt Heather left me with her thoughts and wisdom.
"Life is often a struggle and will challenge you in many ways. Jason, just be happy and live for the now as tomorrow is never promised. “
That’s my Aunt. The one who always cared about my well-being and happiness. I know you are now in heaven because you have always had a great heart. Our memorable moments hold a permanent place in my heart and you’ll be forever missed.
The struggle is now over Aunty. Rest In Peace.
P. S. Grandma should be waiting at the Pearley Gates for you. Tell her I love and miss her too."
"For and From Heather
Time for me to go now, I won't say goodbye
Look for me in rainbows, way up in the sky
In the morning sunrise when all the world is new
Just look for me and love me,as you know I loved you
(Conn Bernard/Vicki Brown)
Heather, we met in childhood, many many years passed and I am so glad we got to meet, eat, laugh and chat again in adulthood."
"Remembering our lunches at Cracker Barrel and all those trips to get Lychee then to eat Crab. All those discussions about Tennis Golf and British Television Shows. Your advice that I should learn more about my Finances and finally reminded me daily that you owed me a birthday lunch.
Vernon joins me in saying goodbye until we meet again and Faye says Namaste."
"Rest in peace dear sister. Sorry we never got to know each other, and that you were sosick. Your journey is over and you are in a better place now with your creator. Michele and the rest of the family please accept our condolances.
From Trevor, Wally, Michael and Jeffery Bridgemohan (Your brothers) and their family. 3-13-14."
"Rest In Peace Aunt Heather. You will be truly missed. Growing up, I can vividly remember trips to Miami where you would share with us all of your pictures from your latest trip. I always admired your passion for travelling and tennis. No matter what us children had on the TV we knew that if tennis was on and you were coming over we didn't stand a chance. Your thoughtfulness and kind spirit was ever present. No matter how long it had been since we saw each other or spoke you never let a Birthday or Christmas pass without hearing from you.
Your memory lives on Aunt Heather.
"As dictated by Ena Woodstoock ,
Heathers birth was excitement for me , a pleasure to have the 'first baby" ! I would help dressing her , bathing her , taking her for walks ,it was all very novel. I remember I had started to learn the violin and would practice with her and show her little things ,she was 2/3yrs and she thought I could play! I remember making plans with her mum , like what school she would go to. In Miami Heather was always there for me , to buy something ,do something ,take you somewhere, sometimes quarreling ,but would still be doing things for you. She gave good advice, and was a family person. I feel just like she was my daughter, she and Michele feel like my daughters..I am going to miss her very much..."
"Aunt Heather I know that we didn't have a lot of time together but I want you to know just how much you have touched my life. From the the first time that we were formally introduced I felt as if you accepted me as part of the family, almost some how you knew that Kim and I would be taking the next steps of our life together. You never judged me you always treated me with respect. I will forever miss the conversations that we shared on many different occasions. Kim and I watched as you fought with every bit of strength as you could just to stay with your family just a little bit longer. Although we will miss you every day we will all take on the life's lessons that you have taught all of us along the way. Only being in your life a short time I could always tell that family was so important to you. You can rest assured that for as long as I live I will always take care of your niece and I thank you for welcoming me with open arms. I will always remember that night in your home when we went for that special food run because you had a craving for stone crab claws and what I will remember the most about that night was how happy you were enjoying it.
We all love you so much and you will be greatly missed."
"Rest in Peace Aunt Heather, remembering how much I loved being around you. We used to chat on Skype and she was a true lady, hair and make up were always perfect. I have posted my picture of you when you attended Selena's tennis tournament in Texas. She was always early and waiting on us, waiting on a ride to church. She looked so nice, I took a picture of her to try to hold on to the moment. Thanks for the memories that will never be forgotten.
Much Love to You,
"This tribute was added by Fabia Davis on 13th March,2014
My dear friend Heather - You fought valiantly and with so much grace. You will be missed but never forgotten.
The fond moments we shared at Scotiabank will live on forever.
"Dearest Aunt Heather...the time is drawing nigh when we board the plane here from California to pay our respects to you. As each day passed this week, it became increasingly harder because to go to Florida means we catch-up, we laugh, we all break bread together, we watch TV or movies together; we celebrate birthdays, Easters, summer breaks and Christmases. But this Saturday is oh so different, a day we hoped would be far, far, far into the future. I/we prayed for a miracle, we lit candles and we prayed some more. But, as all have said in the tributes on this page, we know our God knows best. Thank you for making me feel so welcome as a "member" of the family, for being the family historian by capturing almost every occasion in photographs. Thanks for always driving up from Miami to Michele and JR's when we came to visit. Thanks for all the memories you helped create or shared over the past 20+ years. You are among the angels now. I miss you, we miss you! Love always--Saundra"
"Rest In Peace my Aunt Heather. Thank you for all you have done for me in my 29 years and for being so present in my life. There will never be another aunt like you. You fought so valiantly. You wanted to stay with your family and live until you were 100. I know you are healed and free now.
We shared so many fun memories together. I remember watching American Pie together in our hotel room. You "couldn't believe children could go on so badly" yet you watched the whole movie with me. Secretly, I think you enjoyed it and the fact that it was just us spending time alone together. Your concern for the children in Chronicles of Narnia always makes me laugh.
This past Christmas you passed down the tradition of flaming the Christmas pudding to me. You were unable to do it yourself and I knew you really wanted me to carry on that tradition.That was one of the hardest things I've done but I promise to do it for you each Christmas to come.
I am so happy Eric & I were able to fulfill your stone crab wish that Sunday. That was the last time we had with you. My mom told me what you said after we left. I am grateful we made you feel that way.
Thank you for being so insistent on taking pictures at every occasion. It's been nice to see the pictures that have been uploaded to this site.
One of my fears is that I will forget the sound of your voice or your laugh. That I will forget small, yet important things about you that made you who you were. I try to remind myself all the time in hopes to keep the memories fresh.
I will miss you terribly. I am getting married in a few months and I don't know how am I going to do it without you. I am having a hard time knowing that you can not be physically present in our lives going forward as you have in the past.
I'll love you forever. I'll love you for always. As long as I'm living, my Auntie you'll be."
You will be missed but never forgotten.
The fond memories of you will live on forever in our hearts.
Patrick, Anna, Rachel and Ryan"
"R.I.P. Heather - God gave you the gift of a loving family and he's now taken you to be with him and to continue to watch over your loved ones"
"My dear friend Heather - You fought valiantly and with so much grace and dignity. Although I will miss your physical presence, the essence of who you were will always stay in my heart. I prayed for you every day and now you are gloriously healed. Rest in Peace my dear friend."
"Thank you so much Auntie for being there for me since the day I was born. You had the biggest smile and did everything you could for me. My memories with you will never be forgotten. Like when I loved answering doors, so you would go outside and ring the doorbell just so I could look through the peep hole and open the door and say “Come in!” I was only five at the time. I remember coming when I was young and I wanted a cookie and you said “Don’t crumbs up mi car!” We still say it today every time I eat in the car. You cross my mind every time and I smile. I remember watching The Chronicles of Narnia and you saying “Are the children going to be okay?” I can still clearly hear your voice saying that. But now you have returned home. You are happily with our holy father and I know he is taking great care of you. I have great trust in him that he will take care of my Auntie. You watched me grow up. You were apart of my childhood and letting you go will be hard. I still don’t believe it. I can still clearly hear your voice in my head. I know you’re less stressed and in less pain. Which is the only part that makes me smile that you are happy again. You are forever in my heart. You left countless memories that I will never forget. Every time I strike a tennis ball, I’ll make sure and do my best because I know you love to watch tennis. I’ll make sure and give you a great match.
I love you so much Auntie. Rest in peace. I will miss you so much.
"My deepest sympathies to the entire family. I am reminded of a famous quote from Emily Dickinson:
“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”
Take comfort in the memories, and the knowledge that she will live forever in our hearts.
Diane, Jacob and Hailey"
"May the fond memories of happy times you shared together as a family bring you a measure of comfort in the days ahead. Bev and I pray that you may all sense the Lord's sustaining hand supporting you at this time."
"ONE EQUAL LIGHT.
Bring us O Lord,at our last awakening
into the house and gate of heaven,
to enter into that gate and dwell in that house
where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling,
but one equal light;
no noise nor silence, but one equal possession;
no ends nor beginnings but one equal eternity
in the habitations of Your glory and dominion,
world without end.
Rest in Peace, dear Heather,
"A Fallen Limb
A limb has fallen from the family tree
I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed
Continue traditions, no matter how small
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin
Until the day comes we're together again."
- Author Unknown"
"You faced the challenges, that you encountered in life and gave it your best shot, until it was time to say goodbye .Rest in peace, until we meet again on the day of Ressurection."
"Auntie Heather I have so many happy memories with you. I choose to remember them and try not to focus on your departure from this earth. As a child I enjoyed the time we explored the Green Grotto Caves in Runaway Bay and the history you shared with me behind them. You taught me how to catch my first land crab when our family went "crabbing" on the North Coast of Jamaica. I still remember you jumping out of the car and running on the road with your broom stick in one hand and a dutch pot in the other, while I followed you with a crocus bag. I remember your instructions vividly. " Come Shauny..Use the stick and hold down both claws, so the crab will not be able to bite you. Pick it up from the back closest to the two hind legs. Come..come quick nuh man..." Sometimes I wasn't able to do it, but you quickly scooped the ones I couldn't get into your aluminum pot with the broom stick you had in your other hand. I smile at these memories and so many more. I know you were disappointed that the body was letting you down, and preventing you from living till 100, but yet in the same breath you said you were not afraid of leaving this earth. Another adventure and a place in the Kingdom Of Heaven. You are and will always be missed. Love Shauny"
"Rest In Peace my dearest sister. Our bond was lifelong & it has been difficult losing you. You were so brave but it was your time to go
& I miss you but God knows best, He knew your struggle & I know that He was there to meet you when you left us & went home."
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