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Jeremy Hayward
  • 28 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 2, 1987
  • Place of birth:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Date of passing: Dec 16, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

This is to remember Jeremy Hayward, born on March 2, 1987 who passed away on December 16, 2015. 

Our lives, and the world, will never be the same without him.

He died in Honolulu, HI at age 28. 

We wish we could have him back.

Memorial service in Denver, date to be announced. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Greg Rose on 5th March 2017

"The void that Jeremy's absence has created will never be filled.  
At least we have some fond memories.

Greg, Kathleen and Julian"

This tribute was added by Philippa Hayward on 2nd March 2017

"30 today, my Darling.

There is a pain - so utter -
It swallows substance up -
Then covers the Abyss with Trance -
So Memory can step
Around - across - upon it -
As One within a Swoon -
Goes safely - where an open eye -
Would drop Him - Bone by Bone -
(Emily Dickinson)"

This tribute was added by Kate Wickham on 18th December 2016

"Emma and Philippa
Peace and Love
Thinking of you
Kate Wickham"

This tribute was added by Rae DeVan on 13th April 2016

"Although I found out about this a bit late, it's still very shocking and upsetting. Jeremy's part of the reason I'm studying mycorrhizae and I can only strive to be a quarter as enthusiastic as he was."

This tribute was added by Philippa Hayward on 2nd March 2016

"29 today, my Darling."

This tribute was added by Kate Wickham on 17th January 2016

"Dear Phillipa and Emma
My deepest sympathies to you both.
The photos are beautiful and full of happy memories I am sure.
Peace and love. Kate"

This tribute was added by Talia Moore on 17th January 2016

"Jeremy always knew exactly who he was, which was amazing to me when I met him in high school. He is responsible for my favorite memories of that time, and for imbuing me with a love and respect for nature that has led me to my current career path. My favorite thing about Jeremy was that he made my wildest dreams possible. Slingshooting ice cubes into a cornstarch model of the earth, copper-plating my car keys, and tickling rainbow trout for our backpacking dinner were just everyday adventures for Jeremy and our group of friends. I'll always cherish my memories of those times, and strive to incorporate some Jeremy-style wit and adventure into my life. Love, Talia"

This tribute was added by Rose Mage on 17th January 2016

"Dear Philippa, Anthony and Emma,
Belated condolences on your loss.  Emma you are to be congratulated for creating this Memorial Website. I hope that the love expressed by friends, colleagues and family will, with time, contribute to your healing process."

This tribute was added by Maggie Sporck-Koehler on 15th January 2016

"I had the good fortune to take Jeremy to a very special place on Oahu in March of 2015. We had a nice field day together looking for individuals of a native Hawaiian orchid on Mount Kaala in a misty, high-elevation bog. Jeremy spoke about his reaserch with passion and confidance. It was a joy to have met him."

This tribute was added by Nikki Shull on 5th January 2016

"Dear Philippa, I knew Jeremy through your stories and photographs - his journey was one of wonder and profound delight. What a joy it was to hear about his life through you. I treasure those moments we shared. I am so very sorry. You are in my heart. Love, Nikki"

This tribute was added by Matt Murphy on 5th January 2016


My love to you and your wonderful family. Can not begin to understand how you all must feel during this time.  Love and grace as you walk through this."

This tribute was added by Susan McHugh on 4th January 2016

"Dear Philippa,
My deepest condolences to you and your family.  I never had the good fortune to meet Jeremy but he seems to have inherited your genuine love of higher learning and academic pursuit.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Susan McHugh"

This tribute was added by Andrea Jani on 4th January 2016

"I was only beginning to get to know Jeremy through the Hynson and Amend Labs, but it was immediately clear that he is a wonderful and unusual soul, vibrant, witty and energetic. My deepest sympathies go out to you, his family, in this unimaginably difficult time."

This tribute was added by Shannon Brink on 1st January 2016

"Jeremy always stood out with his keen sense of adventure, dry wit, inventiveness, and unconventional personality.  In preschool with Danny Lewis, we were like three musketeers, creating our own adventures, frolicking in the swimming pool, playing with Mouse and Cheese, and getting into mischief (though Jeremy and Danny took most of the credit for the latter).  We reunited in high school at GW, eating lunch every day on the front lawn, working out chemistry experiments in Dr. More's class, and going bowling under the names from the Big Lebowski.  Though it's been at least a decade since we'd seen each other, Jeremy had never left my thoughts.  It comes as no surprise that he excelled academically and never stopped exploring the natural environment.  My deepest condolences to Emma, Philippa, Anthony, and all your family and friends who miss Jeremy so much.  We will never forget him."

This tribute was added by Allison Speers on 31st December 2015

"Dear Jeremy, I will always remember playing with you when we were kids. Emma and I were the tragic princesses and you, the evil wizard, would kidnap us and make us clean your room. I remember how you repaid us by being the only one brave enough to rescue the spiders from the pool before we would go swimming. I remember when you invented a Kevlar glove that was meant to be worn when using power tools and was completely saw-proof. I remember your uncanny ability to spot things in nature that the rest of us would have totally missed and not only did you point them out but you then gave us a detailed explanation of their natural history. I remember how you always caught the most and largest crayfish in Cherry Creek. I remember when you identified and catalogued all the fungi in the Carleton Arboretum--just for the fun of it. I remember when you became a vegetarian with the one exception, on ethical grounds, of road-kill. I remember the lovely impromptu nature tour you gave all the guests at Emma's wedding. I remember you being the only person I've ever met who not only enjoyed graduate school but made it look disgustingly easy. You were a delightful mix of intimidating intelligence and disarming kindness, and you lived your life as though it was a great adventure. You will be deeply missed. All my love, Allison."

This tribute was added by James Harmon on 30th December 2015

"Jeremy,  .
My thoughts and condolences go out to your family, friends and the Hynson Lab.
I as the rest of us am saddened and disturbed by your untimely passing.  In the short time that I knew and worked with you I admired your fastidious nature when it came to research and staying up to date with the work and research in your field.  I enjoyed working with you in the forest and helping you collect soil to help answer questions about our efforts to preserve what is left of Oahu's native forest.  On a personal level, I remember how you would often smirk and sigh in passive accord with my commiseration about academia and it's quirks as we hiked through steep slopes and loose ground.  You had an odd likeness to Quentin Tarantino that I never shared with you but I often thought about. You were a man of few words but when you had something to say it made sense.  You were a great mind and we are at a loss without your future contributions.  I appreciate the short time that we worked together and for the the work that you put in towards Hawaii's forest conservation.
Will will miss you Jeremy.
Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by anthony amend on 28th December 2015

"Jeremy had been in Hawaii for about a month before it became obvious to me that he was on his way to knowing waaaaaaay more about Hawaiian fungi than anyone else on the island.  He was a whip-smart guy and a throwback to the old school naturalist who never leaves the house without a write in the rain notebook and a loupe around his neck. In his short time here he searched for elusive mushrooms in soggy valleys and on sketchy cliffs that probably hadn't seen a pair of human feet in quite some time. We'll all miss his adventurous spirit and drawers full of dried fungi.  Aloha."

This tribute was added by Kapua Kawelo on 28th December 2015

"I have had the pleasure to work with Jeremy on  cutting-edge research on microbes in our Hawaiian soils.  Jeremy was a brilliant scientist! We talked about how as a child he loved to dig and play in the dirt and his career path certainly fit with that love.  He was also my go to man to identify mushrooms that I have been observing in the forest in Hawaii. He could always identify it to at least the genera level and would always add his recommendations about the mushroom's edibility.  He knew I always wanted to find a delicious edible mushroom and would encourage me to try it by saying things like, "No members of this group are known to be poisonous so the worst thing that could happen is that you could throw up."  I did not know Jeremy well but I will certainly miss his contribution to conservation in Hawaii  and days digging in the dirt with him. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

This tribute was added by Michelle Topf on 28th December 2015

"Philippa and Emma-

I am so very sorry to hear this news. While I never knew Jeremy, from these pictures it is clear he shared the same passion and love for knowledge so characteristic of his strong, loving family. My deepest condolences to the two of you during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Laura L on 27th December 2015

"My memories of Jeremy are as an energetic and curious little boy, traits that appeared to follow him through the years into adulthood. I was lucky enough to enjoy his lively company, conversation, and thoughtfulness over our few shared family meals. My deepest sympathies and hugs to Pippa, Emma, and those closest and who knew Jeremy well."

This tribute was added by mark ajluni on 26th December 2015

"My deepest condolences to you and your family. I can't imagine the challenge of getting through such a tragic loss. I only knew Jeremy through Philippa, but I'm very sorry for this most trying moment. My thoughts and hopes are with you and your family.


This tribute was added by Geoff Zahn on 24th December 2015

"I was just getting to know Jeremy, but as I am a brand new postdoc in Hawaii, he was completely wonderful, and made me feel welcome and at ease, and just a little out of my depth.  See, it took about two conversations before I realized that Jeremy was intimidatingly intelligent, but the more we talked the warmer he seemed and I felt glad to have him on my side.  That will not be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Mary M. Connelly on 24th December 2015

"Dear dear Philippa and Emma,
We knew Jeremy through stories and book recommendations (all excellent, of course) and now these extraordinary photographs. The loss is incalculable. You are in the hearts and thoughts of everyone here.Love, always - Mary and David, Zack, Will and Annie"

This tribute was added by Noah Ralph on 22nd December 2015

"Jeremy, I will always remember running around you in waist deep snow with our BB guns while you taught me so much about the world around me. Through you I discovered a fascination for the world we live in and the people that live in it. You were and are one of the most inspiring characters I will ever meet. I Love You."

This tribute was added by Tom Horton on 21st December 2015

"Jeremy, you came to the Syracuse lab running and left at the same pace for your postdoc in Hawaii. You were so full of energy, ideas, and commitment to doing science. You cranked out papers like no other. Yet you also had your fun. You spent a great deal of time in the woods and much of that time was spent studying and learning all there was to learn from nature. You came back with bird skulls that still adorn the PCR machines (and I do mean adorn...they are beautiful). I do not know anyone so adept as you at finding prime edible mushrooms. My graduate students learned a lot from you. On more than one occasion you clarified a difficult concept in a graduate seminar with laser precision. Undergraduate students also benefited greatly from your advice as part of their early ventures into a research lab. A good number went on to graduate programs around the U.S.  I could go on, but suffice it to say... we wish you were here.

"Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around"
James Taylor"

This tribute was added by Stephanie Ralph on 21st December 2015

"Jeremy, King of All the Wild Things. You are a person of great beauty and sensitivity. You will be greatly missed. Dearest Philippa and Emma my heart goes with you in this loss. My Love, Steph"

This tribute was added by Arthur Ling on 21st December 2015

"My life was definitely richer for having known you, Jeremy, from a little one through a brilliant, fascinating young man. My days with you were filled with wonder and humor, as was the world around you. I am glad I had a chance to be in your life. Thank you Jeremy, for making my life richer. With love and hugs to Philippa and Emma...."

This tribute was added by Dan Schillinger on 21st December 2015

"Jeremy once responded to a happy-birthday message: "A belated thanks. And as always may your cup runneth over and your brooks run silver with fish, unless you find fish a little slimy and gross, in which case we can probably arrange to replace the fish with something on the graceful end of the bird spectrum, like flamingos maybe." Right back at you, Jeremy. We miss you."

This tribute was added by Karen Painter-Jaquess on 21st December 2015

"Philippa, Neal and I were so sorry to hear of your son's death.  I'm sure there are no words adequate to console you right now, but we hope that you find some comfort and peace in being with your daughter and in many happy memories of your son and his life.  
Neal & Karen"

This tribute was added by Susan Schultz on 21st December 2015

"Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Thank you for making this beautiful tribute. aloha, Susan"

This tribute was added by Annette Priesman on 21st December 2015

"As a member of the Compassion Contagion hui at the University of Hawaii, I would like to wish Jeremy's family my most heart-felt condolences. Jeremy was a positive influence on campus; he will be missed."

This tribute was added by Ruby Way on 21st December 2015

"Dear Anthony, I am desperately sorry to hear the news from Verena.  I am thinking of you and praying too for Jeremy.  Love Ruby"

This tribute was added by Nicole Hynson on 20th December 2015

"Jeremy was an incredible person, well liked and respected by his peers with a great wit, intellect and passion for the outdoors. He will be deeply missed by his Hawaii colleagues and friends."

This tribute was added by Linda Krieger on 20th December 2015

"Dear Philippa & Emma, As a member of the UH Manoa community, I want you to know that we share your sadness.  Thank you for establishing this memorial space.  It will help us heal.  Me ke aloha nō...(with enduring aloha), Linda"

This tribute was added by Joanne McGee on 20th December 2015

"Dear Philippa & Emma,  Bill and I are so saddened by Jeremy's passing.  You are both in our daily thoughts ... We can only offer our love and deep compassion for you both in the difficult days ahead.  Love, Joanne and Bill"

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