This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Damian Ellison who was born on August 16, 1983 and passed away on November 28, 2010. He is loved and cherished and we will remember him forever.

 

Damian Jarreau Ellison, 27, of Detroit Michigan, died tragically in his home on November 28 2010. Born August 16 1983, he was the youngest of two sons born to Joseph and JoAnn Ellison. 

Damian attended Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Cass Technical High School in 2001. 

A consummate athlete from an early age, Damian excelled in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Howard University where he attended in a pre-physical therapy program until the abrupt cessation of the school's baseball program. Transferring to Alabama A & M University (located just outside of Huntsville in Normal, AL.) the following year, Damian continued his studies and his baseball career until his graduation.

With a keen interest in science, Damian enrolled in an accelerated doctoral program at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He successfully completed a three-year program which included 40 weeks of clinical internships, and was awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in August 2010.

Deeply spiritual, Damian believed in prayer, volunteerism, and living for others and not for self. He was known to quote Martin Luther King, Jr. in stating "Service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy''.
Preceded in death by a loving grandfather, Sylvester and a brother, Jason, Damian is survived by his mother JoAnn Ellison ; a grandmother Leila ; 1 brother Richard Anderson ; aunts Mae Wilson (Kenneth) Dorothy Anderson, Sylvia Ellison, Janet Anderson-Davis (EIvin); uncles Raymond Anderson (Karen), Johnny Ellison, Greg Ellison, and Carl Ellison, as well as a host of other loving relatives and friends.

His memory will be forever cherished.

Posted by D A on December 7, 2019
Hard to believe that D is not with us. Great Spirits leave to do a greater work. We learn from them. Our time will also come. See you Doctor in another dimension. I'll continue to learn from you, your brother and your father.
Posted by Lue Phillips on November 30, 2019
Damien I miss you and your visits to Chicago. I felt honored that you chose to come to my house every time you visited. We talked and ate and you helped me with yard work. We were friends and family. Those memories will forever be in my heart. I pray peace for your spirit and I hope you know how much I love you.
Posted by Kim Gause on November 29, 2019
Absence from the body, but always present in my heart. You would be so proud of your mom.
Posted by Eddie Robinson on August 16, 2019
Happy 36th bro. Thinking about you today and always.
Posted by E Monroe on August 16, 2019
Your memory continues to live on and brings me great joy.... all our lives were made better because you graced us for a while...see you again my friend!! Happy b-day bro!!
Posted by Jo Ellison on August 15, 2019
Can't believe You will be 36 on tomorrow. 

Big Happy Birthday shout out to my best baby boy! 

Rest In Peace Eternal. Still my baby. Still remembered. Always loved.

Mom
Posted by Kay Kay on November 28, 2018
Rest peacefully, my brother
Posted by Jo Ellison on November 28, 2018
Today, my heart beats your rhythm. I breathe you in and out. I feel you with my whole being. Your light will never dim. Missing you. Loving you. And celebrating that you were.  MOM
Posted by Eddie Robinson on August 16, 2018
Happy Birthday bro. Missing you like always, especially on today. You got another one joining you up in heaven today. Tell Aretha I said hi.
Posted by Jo Ellison on August 16, 2018
Happy BD, my darling .... 35 ???!!! Unbelievable. Loving you. Missing you. Thinking of you always.  MOM
Posted by E Monroe on August 16, 2018
wow!!! I'm heartbroken, I just found out about his passing.. I grew up with Jason and Damian on Greenlawn St in Detroit, they were my friends and brothers!!! when we were early in age Jason always had a distinctive eye for art, jazz and culture!!! Jason was a super ATHLETE, and ultra competitive they will truly be missed!! May God continue to keep their souls in eternal rest. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIL BRO!!!
Posted by D A on August 18, 2017
To a great sister and Great  Mother we remember and give honor and love to you and your sons. Each gives the world a special shared gift and talent as did their fathers. The Spirit is Eternal and is their legacy. When I remember Jason the Global Artist I think on the bond he had with his brother, The honorable Dr. Damien Ellison and of course Joseph who was a loyal and wonderful father. We also praise God for Richard an honorable veteran. I have meditated their successes, life and writings. Dr. Damien Ellison was great and special being excellent in genetics and the only Black Ph.D in Physical Therapy that I knew. The power and blessings of God be with you.
Posted by Dianne Roquemore on August 18, 2017
Dearest JoAnn,
May your heart & your spirit be uplifted & full of joy by remembering the happy times you shared. May Almighty God bless you with peace. Happy Belated Birthday Damien.
Posted by Dianne Roquemore on August 18, 2017
Dearest JoAnn,
May your heart & your spirit be uplifted & full of joy by remembering the happy times you shared. May Almighty God bless you with peace. Happy Belated Birthday Damien.
Posted by Kim Gause on August 16, 2017
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAMIAN!!, I was just talking about you too a client of mine last week regarding that last conversation we had about a friend of yours that was incarcerated. I was telling him true friends will ALWAYS be there for you and even though you were in Med school and working as a Physical Therapist you NEVER forgot about him. Now that's a true friend. Love you baby but I know you're good because you are with my Father (God) and I know he's taking Great care of you.
Posted by Eddie Robinson on August 16, 2017
I had a dream about you last night, bro. I guess that was you paying me a visit on your birthday. Hopefully you keep those visits coming. Makes missing you and the guys a little easier. Happy Birthday bro.
Posted by Jo Ellison on November 30, 2016
Always in my heart of hearts, always part of my world. Miss you, darling. Love you more than anyone can know.  Mom
Posted by Adwoa Muwzea on August 16, 2016
Joann Ellison you are always in my prayers. You have survived a great loss, but you are able to carry on, especially on a day like today, when it brings the memory of Damon into such clear focus. I know him by the things he did, the people who love him and the things that are said about him. I believe he must have been quite a wonderful, loving and kind young man. No wonder he is sorely missed. I love to here his friend Amanda talk about him and I know that his legacy is forever preserved.
Posted by Eddie Robinson on August 16, 2016
One of the greatest joys in my life was being able to grow up with you, D. Living in the same house from 4-16, you were always a constant companion for me. Whether it was playing the same sports and videogames, competing against each other in some cases, celebrating all of our bday's together, talking about girls, or just learning how to become strong black men, I'll never take our time together for granted. My greatest regret is not being more apart of your life as an adult, but I know you're now watching over me and the rest of the family, up in heaven. I owe a large part of the man I am today to you, Jason, and Joseph. I think about you and the guys everyday. I love you. I miss you. We were more than cousins. We were brothers. Rest in peace, bro.
Posted by Kim Gause on August 16, 2016
Happy Birthday Damian, Your light will always Shine in my heart. I know you are your mom guardian angel
Posted by Jo Ellison on August 16, 2016
Thinking of you my darling today and every day...You are so loved!
Posted by Kim Gause on November 30, 2015
Always in my thoughts and your memories are living through your mom. so I know you are watching over her, and giving her the strength to carry on. so Thank you and we will see you one day a gain
Posted by Jo Ellison on August 2, 2015
My son, my son...loved and missed
Posted by Tanisha Pearson on August 19, 2013
Happy belated birthday my friend!!!! You were on my mind and I remembered you had a birthday around this time!!!! Missing you!!! & forever in my heart !!
Posted by Damon Jackson on January 10, 2012
We used to clown at the warehouse and legends. Between me, u, remy and Ben...those will be the best memories. Seems like we were just climbing into or own then. Enjoying the small breaks we had from reality. As long as I gi got those memories you will for be remember. Rest well D. I will keep u company when I get there.
Posted by Kim Gause on November 29, 2011
I think about you often, as I take my clients to Rehab, oh what a joy I had talking to you, b4 u went to glory, about life and how you never 4got bout your friends u grew up with, and your plans for the future. But God had other plans for u and b/c he is who he is, God plans take president over ours, therefore my plans will also be over-ruled oneday and I will see u again R.IP.

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Posted by D A on December 7, 2019
Hard to believe that D is not with us. Great Spirits leave to do a greater work. We learn from them. Our time will also come. See you Doctor in another dimension. I'll continue to learn from you, your brother and your father.
Posted by Lue Phillips on November 30, 2019
Damien I miss you and your visits to Chicago. I felt honored that you chose to come to my house every time you visited. We talked and ate and you helped me with yard work. We were friends and family. Those memories will forever be in my heart. I pray peace for your spirit and I hope you know how much I love you.
Posted by Kim Gause on November 29, 2019
Absence from the body, but always present in my heart. You would be so proud of your mom.
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Just Because

Shared by Adwoa Muwzea on August 16, 2017

So early this morning I got an email reminding me to offer a tribute to Damian Ellison, and I am compelled to do so just because. Damian's story touches my heart, for reasons I can't really explain. I've read about him, heard stories about him and my heart goes out to his mom and family and friends. Like me, Darian was an artist and a writer. I missed seeing most of his work and reading things he wrote. Yet I can still relate, because many artists have a quality about them that sets them apart from the rest of the world, and I truly believe that Damian was set apart somehow. So rest in heaven Damian. You've been loved and cared for all the days of your life, and you will always be in the hearts of those who have loved you, especially your mom, JoAnn. May God continually cover her with mercy and Grace, just because.

A Bday Shout out

Shared by Kim Gause on August 18, 2013

SHOUT OUT TO DAMIAN !!!!Remembering you on your Birthday,. I still think of you often , and I whisper a prayer for your Mom, such an amazing and God fearing woman, you would be so proud of her. You will ALWAYS be remembered in my heart ,