Jeremy
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
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"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 Elisa Suarez on 10th October 2017

"Today I had the pleasure to meet Matt Johnson and know about Jeremy's story. The story of how much good he did for people and how much love and memories he left behind. It really touched my heart.

After reading this website and the beautiful things you all say about him, I want to remind you about something Bruce Johnson said in his eulogy:

  "If you want to memorialize his life, then take a piece of what he meant to you and bring it home.  Bring it home with you and present it to someone in your life."

Thank you Matt for sharing with me. It was a gift. And thank you Jeremy for inspiring me from the other side of the World.

Keep bringing it home."

This tribute was added by Frances Pabon on 18th September 2017

"Pretty sure you came to visit today. You always had a way of popping up when I least expected it. Probably bc I missed your bday! You're never forgotten Jeremy!"

This tribute was added by wayne wilkinson on 18th September 2017

"Jeremy,
Happy Birthday my friend!!! It is still difficult to accept that you are no longer with us but then perhaps you are...just in the next room!!
Your legacy of kindness and your smile of happiness will always remain with those who had the honor of knowing you!!!
Wayne"

This tribute was added by Mark Anderson on 18th September 2017

"Happy Birthday Jeremy!!
I was hoping the Saints would pull one out for you on your day but it didn't happen. I miss going to Saints and Pelicans games with you! Those were great times that I'll always cherish. Miss you man and think of you often."

This tribute was added by Lauren Fiasconaro on 17th September 2017

"Happy birthday, Jeremy! I'm celebrating you more today than most days. Thank you for continuing to be a guiding light and influence in my life."

This tribute was added by Sean Johnson on 17th September 2017

"Dear Jeremy, Happy Birthday, my first brother. What a gift and light you are to our family and the world. I so deeply miss your warm, strong hugs; the resonance and tone of your voice; your amazing physical humor, impersonations, and facial expressions that made me fall on the floor laughing like no one else ever has. I grieve the loss of experiencing you in that way because you transmitted so much joy, strength, warmth, and loyalty to all those you love through your bright and deeply embodied physical presence. But I know that you know I'm learning to feel, connect, and trust the power and mystery of your aliveness in your new form. Thank you for continuing to love and reach out to us as we grow to feel the touch and warmth of your presence in new ways -- and for giving us so much strength, as you always so generously have. I love you always."

This tribute was added by Alex Messerli on 25th July 2017

"Hey buddy!
Sorry I missed the 20th - I have no good excuse. Missing you man. Just like everyone else.  You're a better man than most. You'll never be forgotten - through my lifetime, and many others."

This tribute was added by Mary Angela DiDario on 21st July 2017

"Missing you sweet cuz."

This tribute was added by Royd Anderson on 20th July 2017

"Jeremy- I ran 4 miles in Audubon Park this afternoon in your honor...it was sizzling - 95 degrees!"

This tribute was added by Mark Anderson on 20th July 2017

"Hey Jeremy,

I think about you a lot man! I ask myself often, "what would Jeremy think about this?", or "how would Jeremy react in this situation?" In most cases, I follow those questions up with a laugh. That's the way you lived life, not taking things so seriously, enjoying every moment! I miss you. I'm taking good care of Mary, Bruce, and Matt in the dental chair! I love seeing them on a regular basis and having them be a part of my life...even if it's just a few minutes every six months, its good stuff. I'm remembering you today buddy, I love you!!"

This tribute was added by Katie McCormick on 20th July 2017

"Missing you, my friend, today and every day. 4 years seems like both a blip and a life time. Sending love out to Mary, Bruce, Sean, Matt, Josh, Tessa, Brad, and all who loved you. Me and all the gang are doing a poor job keeping up jokes and banter at your level -- I mean, Jeremy, come on, you were one of the few of us who could keep us all guessing and riffing. Zak tries but, well, it's not the same. Greg gets distracted. Do we even know what Miles is saying? and Drewba? No, no, he's the straightman. Miss you and love you, today and everyday."

This tribute was added by Henry Artigue on 20th July 2017

"Hey Jeremy, I think of you so often. I miss you very much.
Henry"

This tribute was added by Joshua Burke on 20th July 2017

"I will always remember you.... You're incredible laugh and sense of humor are part of me and my family forever... Your passion and love for this world and the people in it will always be remembered and shared... We all love you so much and always will!"

This tribute was added by Patricia Gayle on 20th July 2017

"Thinking of all of you with love and blessings.
Walk in Beauty."

This tribute was added by Patty Burke on 20th July 2017

"We love you, Jeremy, and miss you every day. You were a light in our lives and continue to inspire us. We wish Mary, Bruce, Matt, Sean, and Farah love and peace.
Patty and Danny"

This tribute was added by bruce johnson on 20th July 2017

"Dear Jeremy,
     There are no words to express how deeply we miss you.  Four years have passed since you left us.  But not a day passes that we do not feel your presence and wonder what would Jeremy do, what would Jeremy say, in what way would Jeremy make us laugh.  We love you!
     Mary and Bruce"

This tribute was added by Mary Angela DiDario on 17th September 2016

"Happy Birthday Dear Cousin Jeremy,
Forever my September birthday buddy!
Love and miss you,

Mary Angela"

This tribute was added by Katie McCormick on 17th September 2016

"Happy birthday, dear friend. Thinking of you today and many days, -
along with many others who love you. Miss you with us here, but I smile at every memory & am so happy we had our time all together. Love you, brother."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 17th September 2016

"Happy Birthday up there!  Think about you almost everyday Jeremy."

This tribute was added by bruce johnson on 17th September 2016

"Happy 43rd Birthday to our Dear Jeremy!  
     We continue to honor and celebrate your life and all the gifts of light, love, and laughter you gave to our family and so many others.  We are so grateful!  
     Love,  Mary and Bruce"

This tribute was added by Alex Messerli on 21st July 2016

"Missing you Jeremy. Can't play basketball without thinking of you bruh. I keep getting the feeling that I'll see you again and we'll play together again soon."

This tribute was added by Mark Anderson on 20th July 2016

""Hey Jeremy, I miss you my brother!  You continue to always find a way to pop into my thoughts whether it be through a memory, a story I share, a movie, a dream or a song I hear...you're always there.  Thanks for continuing to be such a guiding light. Thanks for being such a great friend.  I love you.""

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 20th July 2016

"God bless you Jeremy, I was at the NOAC  earlier and couldn't help but think about you.  Still miss seeing you."

This tribute was added by Mary Angela DiDario on 20th July 2016

"All my love to Uncle Bruce, Aunt Mary, Sean, Farah, Matt on this day. Missing Jeremy and remembering all his funny and wonderful attributes."

This tribute was added by Henry Artigue on 20th July 2016

"Hey Jeremy
I miss you so much buddy.
Hardly a day goes by that I don't think of you.
Henry"

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 6th May 2016

"Hey Jeremy!  Been thinking about you a lot lately, still miss you."

This tribute was added by wayne wilkinson on 6th May 2016

"Hey Jeremy,
Even after all this time I still think of you regularly especially when I am at the NOAC. The memory of your kindness and peacefulness and gentleness remains. I suppose that in the end the significance of our lives is found in the memories we leave behind in others
your friend,
wayne"

This tribute was added by Henry Artigue on 6th May 2016

"Hey Jeremy..I miss you so much buddy. I see your parents every once in awhile and I know that they miss you even more. You were always understanding of my pain and needs while I was on your massage table. No one does it better. Miss you every day. Henry"

This tribute was added by Stephen Kubick on 4th April 2016

"I was just wondering whatever happened to (left New Orleans in 2010) and was shocked to hear about this, belatedly.  Jeremy was an amazing actor, personal trainer and massage therapist.  My condolences to his family and associates.  Jeremy always knew the right thing to say to motivate others and was such a positive person!"

This tribute was added by Tee Poplion on 29th November 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by mary burke on 17th September 2015

"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"

This tribute was added by Frances Pabon on 17th September 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Sean Johnson on 17th September 2015

"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...."

This tribute was added by Mary Angela DiDario on 17th September 2015

"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!"

This tribute was added by Patricia Gayle on 17th September 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Kathy Wightkin on 17th September 2015

"Happy Birthday Jeremy, miss seeing your smiling face at the gym..."

This tribute was added by Zak Lancaster on 17th September 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Henry Artigue on 17th September 2015

"Hey Jeremy,
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,
Henry"

This tribute was added by bruce johnson on 17th September 2015

"Happy Birthday, Jeremy!
You are so dearly missed and we are so deeply grateful for your presence in our lives.  Love, Mary and Bruce"

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,
Henry"

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

"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"

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,
Jaime"

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."


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