Jeremy Aaron Johnson
  • 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."

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Beverly Morris on 18th August 2015

"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
wonderful idea.

I have lost as you and
others have possibly lost a
beloved one,
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"

This tribute was added by edna rose on 23rd July 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Royd Anderson on 21st July 2015

"In honor of you, Jeremy, I was in the gym all day yesterday, & actually found the courage to take a Pilates class!"

This tribute was added by Henry Artigue on 21st July 2015

"Hey Buddy,
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.
Miss you,

This tribute was added by Patricia Gayle on 21st July 2015

"Dear Friends,
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"

This tribute was added by Mary Angela DiDario on 20th July 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Mark Anderson on 20th July 2015

"Memories of you and our times together continue to provide joy, comfort and inspiration. Thank you so much for your friendship Jeremy."

This tribute was added by wayne wilkinson on 20th July 2015


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"

This tribute was added by Jaime Richard Trahant on 20th July 2015

"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,

This tribute was added by Nicole LaBranche on 20th July 2015

"There are no words to express how much I miss you, my friend.  Thinking about you every single day."

This tribute was added by Susan Morton on 20th July 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 20th July 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Alex Messerli on 20th July 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Scott Zebley on 20th July 2015

"Thinking of you and your family today."

This tribute was added by Jenny Boneja on 20th July 2015

"My prayers, love and compassion pours out to the Johnson Family and to his girlfriend he wanted to marry!"

This tribute was added by Lauren LeBas on 5th July 2015

"I think you were there today...helping me out. Thank you. Definitely miss your calming influence."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 4th July 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Henry Artigue on 4th July 2015

"Hey Jeremy
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.

This tribute was added by Lauren Fiasconaro on 25th February 2015

"I still think of you every day. We miss you so much - always will."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 29th November 2014

"We miss you, the weather's been great but the Saints aren't doing too well... go figure."

This tribute was added by Henry Artigue on 18th September 2014

"Hey Jeremy
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.

This tribute was added by Gerald Burke on 18th September 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Joshua Burke on 17th September 2014

"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!"

This tribute was added by Sean Johnson on 17th September 2014

"Happy Birthday from Giant's Causeway, Ireland, Jeremy -- our family Finn MacCool -- strong, valiant, wise, loving giant in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Sean Johnson on 17th September 2014

"Happy Birthday from Giant's Causeway, Ireland, Jeremy -- our family Finn MacCool -- strong, valiant, wise, loving giant in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Patricia Gayle on 17th September 2014

"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"

This tribute was added by Mark Anderson on 17th September 2014

"Happy Birthday my friend.  It's a beautiful day here in Nola!  Thanks for everything!  I miss you."

This tribute was added by Mohana Khaled on 17th September 2014

"Thinking of you on this special day.... Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 17th September 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by robert leblanc on 21st July 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Alex Messerli on 21st July 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Joshua Burke on 21st July 2014

""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 you my friend."

This tribute was added by Sean Johnson on 21st July 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Brad Duplechain on 21st July 2014

"Always remember!"

This tribute was added by Reyna Dinet on 20th July 2014

"It still seems unreal to me that you are gone. You will forever be missed my friend."

This tribute was added by Ruthie Winston on 20th July 2014

"Sully and I are missing our dear friend  - incredulous that it has been a year ... he remains in our hearts and minds, inspiring us."

This tribute was added by Kathy Schrenk on 20th July 2014

"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..."

This tribute was added by Royd Anderson on 20th July 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 20th July 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Patricia Gayle on 20th July 2014

"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.
                                                  Author unknown

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"

This tribute was added by Mark Anderson on 20th July 2014

"You're with me every day Jeremy.  I look to you when I need help, strength or even just to lighten a moment with a laugh.  My prayers go out to Bruce, Mary, Sean, Matt and Tessa as we all grieve and remember today.  In the meantime, I'll share the memories of your time here on Earth with those who knew or didn't know you for as long as I possibly can. You'll never be forgotten...I love you brother."

This tribute was added by Scott Zebley on 20th July 2014

"I still think about you often.  May God continue to watch over your family."

This tribute was added by Frances Pabon on 20th July 2014

"One year ago today Jeremy! Thanks for continuing to inspire me and visiting me in my dreams, its like old days- keeping tabs and pushing each other towards our goals... :)"

This tribute was added by Mary Meighan on 20th July 2014

"Mary, Bruce, Sean, Matt, Farah and Tessa - May Jeremy's love and bright spirit strengthen your hurting hearts this day and may you feel the loving energy of all those whose lives he so beautifully touched.
We too send love and blessings from Ireland, our hearts are with you this day.  Mary and Andrew"

This tribute was added by Ann Johnson Key on 20th July 2014

"In this last year, this wonderful site has revealed how much the world is a lesser place without Jeremy.  I can only hope that it has helped Tessa and his family bear the unbearable."

This tribute was added by stacey vann on 20th July 2014

"On this day of Jeremy's ascension.  Life is filled with the unknown and uncertainties, each day is a mystery, not knowing what the next day may bring, so we have to hold ourselves accountable for the choices we make. We need to make every moment in our life count, every second,minute, and hours. Life is precious and the people in your life that love you should be cherished and not taken for granted. Spread the love, free your mind of negativity, and insert positivity. Celebrate Jeremy's life as a we choose love every time."

This tribute was added by Jenny Boneja on 20th July 2014

"My love and deep compassion goes to the Johnson-family and to Tessa. Today one year ago you left... You are missed Jeremy... Wherever you are we all hope you dance."

This tribute was added by Zachary Bracey on 13th July 2014

"Hard to believe it's been almost a year now. Think about you often, but especially this past week on my first trip to Philadelphia. Made it to see the Rocky statue and run up the stairs. Don't know if you ever made it there, but it's a check off my bucket list (and I'll check it off for you if you didn't). You likely would have been the first person I texted, so I'll just imagine you sending me back a favorite Rocky quote. Yo Jeremy, I did it! Continous thoughts and prayers to the family during a most difficult anniversary."

This tribute was added by Joshua Burke on 3rd July 2014

"Today is the last time I talked to you a year ago, the last time I heard your voice.  I wish I could hear your voice one last time, one last conversation about any are truly missed.  I speak of you everyday and you are always in my thoughts...I love you Cuz."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 26th June 2014

"Jeremy, I still can't believe that it's almost a year since you moved up to heaven."

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