ForeverMissed

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.


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."

Posted by Scott Zebley on September 17, 2020
Happy birthday Jeremy! Miss you man!
Posted by bruce johnson on September 17, 2020
Happy Birthday, Jeremy! 47 years ago you graced our lives with your presence as you continue to do today. One standout memory of birthdays past is your 30th which we hosted at Sean's first yoga studio on St. Peter St. We had pictures and video and you requested carrot cake. There was a big turn out that night which surprised you but no one else. We celebrated you that night as we do today. Happy Birthday!
      Love, Mary and Bruce
Posted by Beverly Morris on July 22, 2020
Hey all of you beautiful people and souls. I love you ALL SO much. And Jeremy is such a part of you, each of you and you honor him by simply walking this earth and being who you are. My heart goes out to you and I so hope that time has softened some of your grief. I don’t know if that’s possible but if the community of people who love you, support you and hold you is any indication, perhaps some comfort can come from that. You are loved. Jeremy is loved. Love, Beverly
Posted by Mark Anderson on July 21, 2020
Where y’at Jeremy! I can only imagine the great insight and depth you would’ve provided during these strange times. Love still seeing your family regularly at the office... and now Eric lives around the corner from your folks. Miss you brother, you’re always with me.
Posted by Patrick Baxter on July 21, 2020
Every so often I think about that laugh of yours and it makes me smile.
Posted by Steve Kubick on July 21, 2020
Jeremy Johnson...you will never be forgotten. You still make me smile.
Posted by Jaime Richard Trahant on July 20, 2020
Jeremy, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t hear a song on the radio, a quote from a movie, and of course the recent Beastie Boys documentary that reminds me of great memories. Sending all my love to Mary, Bruce, Matt, Sean, Farrah, and Finn.
Posted by Mary Angela DiDario on July 20, 2020
                         JEREMY

                     Tender yet strong
                     Laconic yet loquacious
                     Pensive yet mirthful
                     Absent yet present, always
Posted by Eric Anderson on July 20, 2020
Hi Jeremy. My wife, Amanda, and I are in Gulf Shores for the week. Can’t help but think of you, especially on this day. You were a great friend to Mark and to the rest of the Anderson family, and an overall great guy. You are still missed and will always be remembered.
Posted by Patty Burke on July 20, 2020
Dear Mary, Bruce, Matt, Sean, Farah and Finn,
We are thinking of you all today and everyday. Our hearts are heavy with missing Jeremy, but memories of our good times, with him, and Joshua and Jessica, provide us with comfort, love and laughter. We are sending our love to him and all of you,
Patty and Danny
Posted by Herbert Roth on July 20, 2020
Jeremy, just thinking of you today and know that you are in a better place.
Posted by Henry Artigue on July 20, 2020
Hey Jeremy,
I think about you often.
I miss you often.
This world isn't the same without you.
I will continue to miss you!
Henry
Posted by bruce johnson on July 20, 2020
Jeremy,
   As you probably know we who are earthbound are going through very sad and strange times with this pandemic. We sure could use your humor to help us laugh at the absurdity of it all. Finn has been the bright spot for us because he does make us laugh and smile. He said your name the other day when we were looking at family pictures. Like you he wants most to be outside.
   There are not enough ways to say that we miss you!
       Love, Mary and Bruce
Posted by Kathleen Schrenk on September 18, 2019
I saw this quote and thought of you.
"They lived and laughed and loved and left."
James Joyce, "Finnegan's Wake"
Posted by Lauren Fiasconaro on September 17, 2019
Happy birthday, Jeremy! I'm so grateful that our paths continue to cross over the years as I meet more and more people whose lives you have touched. I finally met your best friend (can you believe it?!?), reconnected with your father, and found your tree! The light and love you share with all of us continues to strengthen us...but you are greatly missed.
Posted by Frances Pabon on September 17, 2019
Happy Birthday Jeremy! Going through some troubles lately and remembering how I could always turn to you for wise words. You are missed dear friend <3
Posted by Nicole LaBranche on September 17, 2019
Happy Birthday My Friend! You are in my thoughts today and everyday. I miss you dearly.
Posted by Joshua Burke on September 17, 2019
Happy birthday my cousin...you're always with me, every day I think about you and talk about you with my children. You are very loved and missed my friend.
-Joshua
Posted by bruce johnson on September 17, 2019
Happy Birthday, Jeremy! We continue to celebrate your life as your presence remains in ours. Your nephew, Finn, is now 16 months old. He would delight you as you would him. His favorite place is outside just like yours was. He now identifies people by pointing to them. When we ask him, "Where is Jeremy?" he points to your picture. As he continues to grow we will tell him all about his Uncle Jeremy. We love you dearly, Jeremy! 
Love, Mary and Bruce
Posted by Mark Anderson on July 21, 2019
Hey Jeremy,
Remembering you today bro! You’re a great friend and we had some jolly times together! I miss you!!
Posted by Mike Harris on July 20, 2019
I miss you my friend.
Posted by Tim and Beth McConnell on July 20, 2019
We are thinking about the truly loving and intelligent person that Jeremy is and we are crying because we dearly miss him.
We write in the present for we believe he lives. He lives because we continue to be encouraged by his love for others and his radiant enthusiasm for life!
We are better humans for simply being fortunate enough to exist within his circle of inspiration.
We love you,
Beth & Tim McConnell
Posted by Herbert Roth on July 20, 2019
Jeremy, just thinking of you today knowing that you are in a much better place and that the world is short a wonderful kind person! I think of you often and the imprint you presence left in my life and many others. May your soul Rest In Peace, Herb
Posted by hailey bowen on July 20, 2019
Mary and Bruce, you and your family are in our thoughts today.
Posted by bruce johnson on July 20, 2019
To our Beloved Jeremy,
   Maya Angelou once said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." That quote defines you. You have made us, your parents, your brothers, and so many others you crossed paths with feel valued and loved. What a gift! May we all be able to pass it on.
   The shock of our loss of you is sometimes as acute as it was six years ago this same Saturday night. Deborah Coryell's small, poignant book, "Good Grief: Healing through the Shadow of Loss" has helped us through the years to re-member our dis-membered life, to redefine our relationship to you. In short, we know you are with us and are grateful for your continued presence in our lives.
   We love you,
       Mary and Bruce
Posted by Jenny Boneja on October 22, 2018
Never forgotten and only a thought away!
Posted by Meredith O'Brien Canaan on October 22, 2018
I had a dream last night, your spirit and I were having a talk. I asked why I could hear you and you said it was because I would listen, or maybe because I could hear you, after all I am a professional listener.  You were worried about someone, and you thought I could help. I said I would. You were worried about someone from your team, someone younger than you. You wanted me to let them know you were there for them, listening and trying to help from where you are. This conversation was so real, so true. I have never experienced anything like it. I have spent the day trying to figure out who to tell, or what to do. As I put my son to bed tonight, I remembered this site. So here I am as I promised, trying to help.  I will be your messenger, so your friend can know you are thinking about them, and that you are watching out for them. It is so like you to still be loving and helping those you care for form the beyond.  I'm not ever sure how to tell you how I feel, but after your visit last night, I'm guessing you know the way I do. Oh, But Jeremy ... I miss you. I will continue to listen to you, and if you have more messages - I will send them here to your family and loved ones.
Posted by Mark Anderson on September 17, 2018
Happy Birthday Jeremy!! Football season is upon us and I know you enjoyed watching Saints and college football games!! Some of our best memories together were times spent at Saints games. My kids hear all the stories and laugh hysterically!! You were the greatest!! Your memory is alive and well brother, happy birthday!!
Posted by Sean Johnson on September 17, 2018
Happy 45th Birthday, Jeremy! You are so dearly missed by us and so many others. We are forever grateful for you -- 39 years of love, care, and laughter-- and the mystery of your ever-inspiring presence which lives on inside each of us. We love you!
Posted by Mark Anderson on July 21, 2018
About this time five years ago, I found out about your passing. I love you and miss you and think of you often. I tell many people, most of whom you never met, about you. You’ll always be remembered and your example will live on! To the best friend a guy could have!!
Posted by Sean Johnson on July 20, 2018
I love you so much Jeremy. Thank you for the many generous gifts and blessings you bring to our lives, past and present. Thank you for watching over Finn. I am ever-amazed, inspired by, and proud to be your brother.
Posted by Royd Anderson on July 20, 2018
I did my spinning class at Elmwood 3 days a week this summer - including today, in your honor.
Posted by Herbert Roth on July 20, 2018
Jeremy, Just thinking of you and what the world lost and heaven gained 5 years ago today. I think about you often and pray for your family in that time will heal all wounds and make the reality that you have slipped away from us acceptable. What I remember most about you is that you never had an unkind or negative thought to say about anyone - What a legacy! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Herb Roth
Posted by wayne wilkinson on July 20, 2018
Hey Jeremy,
Two days ago I happened to be in the same room with Tessa at the NOAC and suddenly remembered that you had left us in july five years ago...It's amazing that the presence of truly good and kind people stays with you, perhaps it's because they have become a part of you and a part of a greater pool of kindness and goodness within the world...still it's not the same as having you with us...You are much missed, my friend...
wayne
Posted by bruce johnson on July 20, 2018
Jeremy, It is hard to grasp that it is now 5 years since you were with us. We are grateful for the near 40 years we had you. But so often your absence has been profoundly felt, especially when Sean and Farah's baby son, Finn, was born in May. Matt said that we will have to tell him all about you. And we will. So you are an uncle now and we know you would really enjoy Finn. He is a bright, alert, responsive baby who has brought joy to our lives. 
We miss you and wish you were here!
Posted by Elisa Suarez on October 10, 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.
Posted by Mark Anderson on September 18, 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.
Posted by wayne wilkinson on September 18, 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
Posted by Frances Pabon on September 18, 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!
Posted by Sean Johnson on September 17, 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.
Posted by Lauren Fiasconaro on September 17, 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.
Posted by Alex Messerli on July 25, 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.
Posted by Mary Angela DiDario on July 21, 2017
Missing you sweet cuz.
Posted by bruce johnson on July 20, 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
Posted by Patty Burke on July 20, 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
Posted by Patricia Gayle on July 20, 2017
Thinking of all of you with love and blessings.
Walk in Beauty.
Posted by Joshua Burke on July 20, 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!
Posted by Henry Artigue on July 20, 2017
Hey Jeremy, I think of you so often. I miss you very much.
Henry
Posted by Katie McCormick on July 20, 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.
Posted by Mark Anderson on July 20, 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!!
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Posted by Scott Zebley on September 17, 2020
Happy birthday Jeremy! Miss you man!
Posted by bruce johnson on September 17, 2020
Happy Birthday, Jeremy! 47 years ago you graced our lives with your presence as you continue to do today. One standout memory of birthdays past is your 30th which we hosted at Sean's first yoga studio on St. Peter St. We had pictures and video and you requested carrot cake. There was a big turn out that night which surprised you but no one else. We celebrated you that night as we do today. Happy Birthday!
      Love, Mary and Bruce
Posted by Beverly Morris on July 22, 2020
Hey all of you beautiful people and souls. I love you ALL SO much. And Jeremy is such a part of you, each of you and you honor him by simply walking this earth and being who you are. My heart goes out to you and I so hope that time has softened some of your grief. I don’t know if that’s possible but if the community of people who love you, support you and hold you is any indication, perhaps some comfort can come from that. You are loved. Jeremy is loved. Love, Beverly
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Happy Birthday, Jeremy

Shared by Sean Johnson on September 17, 2020
Dear Jeremy--

We remember how much this party on your 30th birthday meant to you with so many friends and family who came to share their love for you. Everyday, we celebrate your birth and all the gifts you have brought our family and the world. You continue to touch and inspire us and so many others. We miss your physical presence so much. And we feel your bright love, care, strength, laughter, generosity in our hearts and reflected in so many other ways. We love you, Jeremy! Happy Birthday!

My friend

Shared by Julie Thomas on July 22, 2020
Jeremy and I both worked at NOAC. We didn't know each other well but when my husband unexpectedly  passed away, Jeremy always (every day he saw me) would come up to me, put his hand gently on my shoulder and talk to me with such kindness, concern and compassion. He was one of the few co-workers who seemed to understand (and care) that I was in my own hell. We became friends in the 4 years after but I left NOAC in 2013. His words and true concern for my wellbeing made him stand out to me as an Angel on earth. He is now an Angel above. I will never forget the beautiful soul of this man. You are very much missed Jeremy. Thank you for being the amazing man who cared so much about others!!!

Photographs

Shared by Joshua Burke on July 21, 2020
Jeremy loved pictures....even if sometimes he didn't like when we were taking them but he always wanted to see them.  We gave each other many gifts over the years but this photo frame is my favorite thing I ever received from him.  I guess he loved photos because it captured a moment in time that can be revisited forever.  Little did I know that these photographs would become so important because of his absence.  Now they're the only way to see him.  Which is the greatest gift in the world.  Thank you Jeremy for the gift of your life, all the love that you gave to me and everyone you knew.  You and your photographs will never be forgotten.