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 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."

This tribute was added by Jenny Boneja on 26th June 2014

"In July is it one year since you spread your wings and learned to fly. You are deeply missed from friends and family! Prayers and deep compassion to the Johnson family and Tessa."

This tribute was added by Krystall Snemyr on 26th June 2014

"Jeremy, I think about you every day.  And to Jeremy's family and Tessa, I think of you and send you peace and love."

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

"Jeremy, I can imagine that you watched  the Crescent City Classic and noticed that once again I slept right through it!  Maybe I'll get it together for next year, keep looking out for us. Happy Easter!"

This tribute was added by Emily Kaplan on 20th April 2014

"Jeremy, I've been thinking about you this weekend! I'm in Austin, a city I always associate with you since I came here to visit you for the first time way back in 2006. Yesterday we passed by Sandy's Hamburgers and Peter Pan mini-golf, and today we had brunch at Kerbey Lane and it reminded me of our argument about whether Kerbey Lane or Magnolia Cafe had the better gingerbread pancakes (Magnolia Cafe, you were right). I have such happy memories of being here with you. In fact, my Bloc Party CD still has "Rainey Street" scrawled onto it in Sharpie so I wouldn't forget your address when I was driving up from New Orleans!"

This tribute was added by Sean Johnson on 19th April 2014

"Jeremy, we celebrate you today at the Crescent City Classic. You'd be so proud of Mary and Bruce who've been training hard. Bruce is wearing all your clothes including the No White Flags t-shirt. Josh and Ellen came down from VA. And ofcourse Tessa is running like the wind. Brad's meeting us at the finish line. You are in our hearts and each step. We love you."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 22nd January 2014

"Not a day goes by that I don't have a thought or two about Jeremy."

This tribute was added by Sean Johnson on 10th December 2013

"Thanks to the generous support of so many of you The Jeremy Johnson Memorial Scholarship at Loyola is up to $30,000 and is now endowed and will support low-income kids from New Orleans Public Schools attend college for years to come. See the link at the top of the page if you still wish to make a contribution. "To continue to be in the presence of someone we love after death, we need only act positively on their behalf." - Deborah Morris Coryell"

This tribute was added by Mary Meighan on 28th November 2013

"Celtic Blessings upon you all on this Thanksgiving Day, when I know Jeremy will have his special place at the table. This day will be filled with so many emotions - may you feel the prayers and blessings and loving thoughts that are coming from Ireland to rest upon you all. Siocháin a bhí ar do gcroíthe (peace be upon your hearts in Irish).
Mary and Andrew"

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 12th October 2013

"The weather's been nice and this year, so far, we haven't had any storms or hurricanes (knock on wood) and I can't help but think that it may be because you're up there looking out for all of us. Thanks!"

This tribute was added by Hunt Scarritt on 11th October 2013

"That Which Burns Brightest:Look up and love that which burns brightest, so bright above. Look up and love the river of your name
you kneel the sky lifting sword so high you touch the wild of sky
joining memory to wipe away the void, oh, u laughing boy"

This tribute was added by Mary Meighan on 9th October 2013

"Mary, Bruce, Sean, Matt, Farah and Tessa - and of course Jeremy.
Warm blessings upon your aching hearts as prayers continue to wing their way from Ireland's shore to you. May the love you all feel for each other offer you some ease and may it surround you and mind your gentle hearts."

This tribute was added by Ray Lincoln on 20th September 2013

"Bruce and Mary, Claire and I are glad we were able to sit with you last night at the play but of course were grieved to hear your news. These memorial tributes are all the evidence anyone needs that Jeremy lived a full and wonderful life of service to others. And that's a tribute to the two of you too. God bless you all."

This tribute was added by Joshua Burke on 20th September 2013

"I love you Jeremy and wish you could be joining me in the 40 club...the stories and memories flood my heart and will always be with me...Happy B-day Cuz."

This tribute was added by Shannon LaHaie Bultemeier on 19th September 2013

"I finally found the strength to watch the tribute video.... what an amazing way to memorialize Jeremy and the way he touched our lives. To Bruce, Mary, Matt, Sean, Farrah, and Tessa, thank you all for all you have done to allow all of us that loved Jeremy to come together and celebrate his life and mourn his passing.  The pain I feel cannot compare to what you must feel, Love to you always"

This tribute was added by Jaime Richard Trahant on 18th September 2013

"Happy 40th Birthday Jeremy! It is only fitting that every other song on the radio yesterday was The Police or U2. Sending love and prayers to Tessa and the Johnson family.

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