- 39 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 17, 1973
- Place of birth:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
- Date of passing: Jul 20, 2013
|We will love you and miss you forever, Jeremy!|
Click here to watch the Memorial Tribute for Jeremy held at Loyola University on August 3rd, 2013.
We invite you to make a donation to a scholarship fund in Jeremy's name to help youth from New Orleans public schools who come from lower income families attend college at Loyola University. Jeremy went to New Orleans public schools K-12 and is a graduate of Loyola. The scholarship supports college-bound kids from New Orleans public schools for years to come. Your contribution can make a lasting impact. Click here to contribute to the fund.
This memorial website was created to pay tribute and celebrate Jeremy. Jeremy is an amazing and inspiring soul who lit up our family and the world with his love, strength, humor, and heart. With great heartache we sadly share the news that Jeremy died in a tragic drowning accident in Navarre Beach, FL on Saturday July 20, 2013. Jeremy touched and inspired many lives- as a son, brother, grandson, friend, boyfriend, entrepreneur, personal trainer, massage therapist, wellness coach, actor (that's right, see the pic and video of him in the gallery in the film "Bad Lieutenant" starring Nicholas Cage), model, and all-around amazing person.
Click here to see WWL-TV feature story about Jeremy and the many lives he's touched.
For his many friends and family members, we wanted to create a place for you to share a message for Jeremy, a story, a prayer, even a photo, audio or video clip. If you'd like to have a photo or video or song accompany your message, please post it on the 'stories' page. This website will stay up, so please feel free to return.
Thanks for filling Jeremy's life with so much love,
Mary, Bruce, Matt, Sean, Farah and Tessa
"Togetherness" a poem by an unknown author: "Death is nothing at all. I only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, Speak to me in the easy way you used to. Put no difference into your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, Smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be the household name it always was. Let it be spoken without the shadow of a ghost in it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight? All is well, nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before."
"I saw Creed today and there was no way I could watch this Rocky movie spin-off and not think about you. I so wish you could have seen it and that we could have talked about it. I know that you would have loved it! It was a really good movie and thankfully, Rocky was more of a co-star than a supporting player. It was great. You will definitely be on my mind in March when I see Batman V. Superman. This is one movie I know we would have seen and argued about endlessly. Just the title of the film would have kept us bickering long before it came out. I so wish you were here to talk about these films but I felt like your spirit was there today enjoying it with me."
"mary bruce matt and sean sending you guys love and hugs on this day .jeremy is your forever angel hes in heaven with our family and friends sending love from above"
"42! So old! ;) you're always present during my training runs and when I complain about things I always remember "You have two legs, use them!" Hope you're having a blast. Miss you much."
"Happy Birthday Jeremy! Thank you for bringing so much care, joy, laughter, and love to our lives. The gift of your presence is too big for words. We are forever blessed by the precious time we had with you. Loving you beyond space and time...."
"Happy Birthday Jeremy!! I remember carrying you down the stairs of your house when you were a baby. You were a big and strong baby and my five year old petite frame had no business doing such. What a shock it was for your mother who was at the foot of the stairs. Missing you cuz!"
"Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thank you for choosing to be born in my lifetime. Even though our meeting was brief, you and your many friends have had an indelible impact on my consciousness."
"Happy Birthday Jeremy, miss seeing your smiling face at the gym..."
"Happy Birthday, Jeremy! I remember this day clearly 23 years ago, as we were just getting to know each other. I believe a few beers were had. Miss you, brother."
I forgot it was your birthday. Mine was just 2 weeks ago. We are both virgos. Maybe that's why we got along so well.
I miss you buddy,
"Happy Birthday, Jeremy!
You are so dearly missed and we are so deeply grateful for your presence in our lives. Love, Mary and Bruce"
"About Angels and About Trees
Where do angels
fly in the firmament,
and how many can dance
on the head of a pin?
Well, I don't care about that pin dance,
what I know is that
they rest, sometimes,
in the tops of the trees
and you can see them,
or almost see them,
or, anyway, think: what a
I have lost as you and
others have possibly lost a
and wonder, where are they now?
The trees, anyway, are
miraculous, full of
angels (ideas); even
empty they are a
good place to look, to put
the heart at rest - all those
leaves breathing the air, so
peaceful and diligent, and certainly
ready to be
the resting place of
strange, winged creatures
that we, in this world, have loved.
- By Mary Oliver"
"I don't live in NOLA/Lakeview anymore so I just learned about this. When I read the article my heart dropped. I don't know him as the trainer rather the young man who was sweet and fun - love busting chops. When I clicked on this web page and saw his handsome sweet face I teared up. All of the fun silly memories resurfaced. I am sorry for his family's loss and wish the an abundance of hugs and prayers. I'll think of Jeremy when I visit Lakeview."
"In honor of you, Jeremy, I was in the gym all day yesterday, & actually found the courage to take a Pilates class!"
I miss you. I am slowly getting through my recent recording of 'Rocky'. He just went on his 1st run. He chugged 6 raw eggs and headed out in 28 degree weather. He made it up those stairs, his side hurting. He was so out of shape. When he finally nails those stairs with the Rocky theme cranking..that was awesome. When I played tournaments back then I would try to go see Rocky the night before. It always got me charged.
I've been thinking of you all for days before I realized what time of year it is.... then it hit me. It was almost as if "it" just happened all over again. My heart goes out to you all on this 2nd anniversary. May the essence of this incredible being wrap around you, reminding you "there is no such place as far way."
Love, Light and Blessings"
"Dearest Aunt Mary, Uncle Bruce, Sean, Farah, Matt & Tessa,
Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all during this second anniversary of Jeremy's passing. Only fond and wonderful memories flood my mind today. Cousin Jeremy had a larger than life personality. He truly was a perfect mixture of both of his parents...bright, caring, passionate, sensitive, loyal, talented, funny, talkative and quiet too. His love for family and friends was more than apparent. His legacy lives on through his loving family and caring friends. How deeply we miss him."
"Memories of you and our times together continue to provide joy, comfort and inspiration. Thank you so much for your friendship Jeremy."
You are as missed today as you were two years ago!!! Although I knew you only from the NOAC I knew that the kindness and grace and the radiant smile I saw there permeated your life...the person who you were is the person who remains in the influence you have had on each of us. You are much loved and greatly missed and always will be.. Wayne"
"Every single day there is a song on the radio or a simple movie quote that floods my mind with great memories. In NYC today and stopped in an Irish pub to toast to you. Love and prayers to Mary, Bruce, Sean and Matt.
All my love,
"There are no words to express how much I miss you, my friend. Thinking about you every single day."
"Bruce, Mary, Sean, and Matthew,
Thinking of all of you with sympathy and much love, May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of Jeremy today and always."
"I miss you, it doesn't seem like 2 years have passed. I've been thinking about you a lot lately, I remembered just now your memorial and all of the people that were there, it was a packed room. I'm so glad to have met you."
"Missing you man. Wish we could play a pick-up game, but I know we will again someday. Thinking about you and your family brother."
"Thinking of you and your family today."
"My prayers, love and compassion pours out to the Johnson Family and to his girlfriend he wanted to marry!"
"I think you were there today...helping me out. Thank you. Definitely miss your calming influence."
"Hey Jeremy, I think about you often but especially now, while it's hot as hell and summer's here again. It's 4th of July and I'm oven bbqing baby back ribs, so far, so good. Keep an eye out for us during hurricane season, I'm not in any mood to evacuate, missing you."
It's the 4th of July and the 1st Rocky is on tv.
My favorite. I know you love Rocky.
I miss you so much and think of you nearly every day.
"I still think of you every day. We miss you so much - always will."
"We miss you, the weather's been great but the Saints aren't doing too well... go figure."
I'm on the set of the new NCIS New Orleans tuning a piano and thought of you. You would surely have gotten a role.
I miss you so much and think of you every day.
It's amazing that a worn out old man like me should live a long life and a vibrant energetic guy like you should go early.
I too am a september baby (5th).
I truly never thought that I would live past 50. I am 63 now and think that I am living on lagnaippe years. You truly have a piece of my heart.
My thoughts are with your mom, dad, brothers and Tess.
"He had a way drawing others into his humor. You find yourself laughing before he got to the funny part. It was as if he knew so wonderful secret and while he could not tell the secret, he would share the joy of it freely with others. His humor is one of many gifts he had and it is the first thing that comes to me when I think of him. By the number of friends and family who he loved and who loved him, it is clear that he was different but that more important, he made a difference. Miss you cousin."
"Happy B-day my friend! You are always with me...inspireing me to be the best I can be and making me a better Father with all you shared...Love you Cousin!"
"Happy Birthday from Giant's Causeway, Ireland, Jeremy -- our family Finn MacCool -- strong, valiant, wise, loving giant in our hearts."
"Happy Birthday from Giant's Causeway, Ireland, Jeremy -- our family Finn MacCool -- strong, valiant, wise, loving giant in our hearts."
"May the strength of love and joy experienced with Jeremy surround you all on this Birth-Day of your dear son/brother/friend/lover.
Blessings dear friends, Patricia"
"Happy Birthday my friend. It's a beautiful day here in Nola! Thanks for everything! I miss you."
"Thinking of you on this special day.... Rest in peace."
"Happy Birthday Jeremy! I hope you're watching over all of us down here, I'm thanking you for the 2nd year of no hurricane activity in the Gulf! Now, if you could just lower the humidity and help the Saints win all the rest of their games, wow, that would really be something! I'm not even gonna mention the Super Bowl, I think I've already asked too much."
"Hey J, just thinking a lot about you today and these past few months. I have another son now, a seven month-old named William. I keep thinking about how to be the best father I can be to these two boys. I really think the place to start (and likely the most important thing) is the thing that I learned to be so powerful from you. I will always, always be present for these boys the way that you were always present for all of us. You have left an incredible legacy, and I know that I am not alone in that the most lasting thing you have done for me may be that you have showed me how to be a better father and a better man than I would have been otherwise. Lucky to have been your friend and your student. Rumble, young man! Rumble."
"Can't believe it's already been a year buddy. Enjoyed playing basketball with you so much - we had a blast.
You are missed big time man."
""We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human." Quote from Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan...Jeremy paraphrased in his best man speech to me...I will always remember...love you my friend."
"Jeremy, I love you so much. I miss you deeply. I am so grateful for the gift of your presence in my life and in my heart."
"It still seems unreal to me that you are gone. You will forever be missed my friend."
"Sully and I are missing our dear friend - incredulous that it has been a year ... he remains in our hearts and minds, inspiring us."
"Thinking of you today, especially when I took Lola, our dog you haven't met, on a walk around Big Lake and visited the Singing Oak. Thinking often of Bruce and Mary and missing your smile..."
"There's a Rocky movie marathon on AMC today. Thanks, Jeremy, for sending us a strong sign of your presence, strength, & comfort on this day."
"I still can't believe that you're not busy doing something special for all of the people who's lives you surely brightened. I'll be keeping Tessa and your family in all of my thoughts, especially today. Thanks for brightening a small part of my life too."
"There's a comforting thought at the close of the day,
When I'm weary and lonely and sad,
That sorta grips hold of my crusty old heart
And bids it it be merry and glad.
It gets in my soul and it drives out the blues,
And finally thrills through and through.
It is just a sweet memory that chants the refrain:
"I'm glad I touched shoulders with you!"
Did you know you were brave, did you know you were strong?
Did you know there was one leaning hard?
Did you know that I waited and listened and prayed,
And was cheered by your simplest word?
Did you know that I longed for that smile on your face,
For the sound of your voice ringing true?
Did you know I grew stronger and better because
I merely touched shoulders with you?
I am glad that I live, that I battle and strive
For the place that I know I must fill;
I am thankful for sorrows; I'll meet with a grin
What fortune may send, good or ill.
I may not have wealth, I may not be great,
But I know I shall always be true,
For I have in my life that courage you gave
When once I touched shoulders with you.
Mary, Bruce, Matt, Sean, Farah, Tessa, you have all been on my mind and in my heart; may this day hold and caress you with love and gentleness, filling you all with strength and love.
Walk in Beauty"
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