ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jaime Pressley


Memorial to be held at Serenity Funeral Service

Friday January 25 @ 2:30pm, 

10129 Princess Elizabeth Ave, Edmonton, AB 

Food, beverages, and stories of Jamie to follow next door at the Christian Life Center


Jamie was born on May 15, 1983 in Prince George, BC and passed away on January 15, 2019 at the University of Alberta hospital, surrounded by people whom he loved. 

We will remember him forever as the kindest, most genuine person we have ever known. He used his life to spread love to anyone who was lucky enough to meet him and to bring people from all walks of life together in such a special way. 

Please leave messages of love, post photos, share stories, and celebrate the life of Jamie together.  


In lieu of flowers or gifts, a memorial fund has been created to raise donations and awareness in Jamie's name for the Canadian Blood Services and to finance a portion of his celebration of life. The Canadian Blood Services played such a crucial part in Jamie's treatment and are always in need of donations, especially blood, plasma or stem cell donations. 

Donations to the fund can be made here: 

https://www.wonderwe.com/jamiepresslee




Posted by Curtis Musselman on January 25, 2019
Jamie was one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure meeting. We were gym buddies in the dungeon as we called it in Hinton. Always pushing me to work harder. I appreciated everything you helped me with man. You will be missed by everyone bro. I’m truly sorry I can’t be there today. Rest easy now my friend. Till we meet again Presscore
Posted by Ken Mccarthy on January 24, 2019
Jamie you were an amazing young man loved by your friends and family...So much love and true friendship shared during your short time on this earth.. Your memories will live on forever..you are with your Dad now playing music and telling him about everyone and everything that has happened since he left this earth.. Your presence has been priceless, memories cast in gold and your spirit will remain a conversation piece and you will not be forgotten. . RIP my friend until we meet again
Posted by Paul Olson on January 20, 2019
As I have written many times – to him and to others – Jamie was the best friend I never met.
Many years ago he and I got acquainted on the old MySpace social media website. Since then it has always amazed me how close we became. Something just seemed to “click” between us. He would tell me about life in Hinton and when I told him about Hendricks, my town here in Minnesota (Jamie always called my state “Minny”), things didn’t feel all that different. We both loved small town life. We both had dreams and ambitions that always seemed just a little bit out of reach. We supported each other through uncertain times, anxieties, career transitions, and touches of depression. I admired his grit and determination and he must have seen enough things in me that were worth sticking with for all those years. 
We knew that someday we would meet up and when we did we would talk the night away and finally figure out why we felt like brothers from different mothers.
Now that won’t happen.
It’s 1,332 miles (2,143 km) from Hendricks to Hinton. 1,117 miles (1,797 km) to Calgary. I could have made that drive many times over the years. Or flown. But I didn’t. And the regret for not doing so is deep. I’m sorry, Jamie, I failed you on that.
So for those of you who were his family, who knew Jamie in person, who saw him often, who maybe did talk the night away together, who went to hockey games with him, who pushed him at the gym, who stood beside him – you are the fortunate ones, you have deep and real memories, and I envy you and am thankful that you were a part of his life.
The night before his passing – not knowing that he had already left us – I prayed that God would welcome Jamie when the time came, wrap him in warmth and light, and hold him close. Now that has come to be.
Presscore, the Olsonator misses you. My unmet friend, our first meeting has been postponed for awhile.
Posted by Joanne Askewe on January 18, 2019
It is easy to tell the kind of person Jamie was by the messages of love and support left by those who knew him. He was so kind and gentle, thankful and appreciative, loyal and loving. He left an impression on everyone he met. To all who knew and loved Jamie, please honour his memory by being kind, being grateful and appreciate each day as a gift. Jamie, I am so happy we were able to reconnect after all those years and to see what an awesome young man you became. Love ya kid xoxox
Posted by Marianne Hallett on January 18, 2019
Missing you dear nephew! Loved all the messages and talks we had via iMessage. Wish we could of had more time together.  Love you!

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Curtis Musselman on January 25, 2019
Jamie was one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure meeting. We were gym buddies in the dungeon as we called it in Hinton. Always pushing me to work harder. I appreciated everything you helped me with man. You will be missed by everyone bro. I’m truly sorry I can’t be there today. Rest easy now my friend. Till we meet again Presscore
Posted by Ken Mccarthy on January 24, 2019
Jamie you were an amazing young man loved by your friends and family...So much love and true friendship shared during your short time on this earth.. Your memories will live on forever..you are with your Dad now playing music and telling him about everyone and everything that has happened since he left this earth.. Your presence has been priceless, memories cast in gold and your spirit will remain a conversation piece and you will not be forgotten. . RIP my friend until we meet again
Posted by Paul Olson on January 20, 2019
As I have written many times – to him and to others – Jamie was the best friend I never met.
Many years ago he and I got acquainted on the old MySpace social media website. Since then it has always amazed me how close we became. Something just seemed to “click” between us. He would tell me about life in Hinton and when I told him about Hendricks, my town here in Minnesota (Jamie always called my state “Minny”), things didn’t feel all that different. We both loved small town life. We both had dreams and ambitions that always seemed just a little bit out of reach. We supported each other through uncertain times, anxieties, career transitions, and touches of depression. I admired his grit and determination and he must have seen enough things in me that were worth sticking with for all those years. 
We knew that someday we would meet up and when we did we would talk the night away and finally figure out why we felt like brothers from different mothers.
Now that won’t happen.
It’s 1,332 miles (2,143 km) from Hendricks to Hinton. 1,117 miles (1,797 km) to Calgary. I could have made that drive many times over the years. Or flown. But I didn’t. And the regret for not doing so is deep. I’m sorry, Jamie, I failed you on that.
So for those of you who were his family, who knew Jamie in person, who saw him often, who maybe did talk the night away together, who went to hockey games with him, who pushed him at the gym, who stood beside him – you are the fortunate ones, you have deep and real memories, and I envy you and am thankful that you were a part of his life.
The night before his passing – not knowing that he had already left us – I prayed that God would welcome Jamie when the time came, wrap him in warmth and light, and hold him close. Now that has come to be.
Presscore, the Olsonator misses you. My unmet friend, our first meeting has been postponed for awhile.
Recent stories

A comfortable friend

Shared by Carly Kavanagh on January 23, 2019

When talking about Jamie, one thing that everyone can agree on is that he was kind and warm to everyone. High school was a brutal time for everyone. I had a hard time making friends - I was a strange and awkward girl who no one really understood and who wasn’t close with a lot of people. When I joined band class, I was one of several people who were enamoured by Jamie right away. His skills as a drummer far surpassed his confidence. I hope he knew how good he was. He was cute, which didn’t hurt of course. Every time I’d shyly smile and wave at him, he would smile back and ask how I was doing. A few called me “Carlybear”, and he was one of them. I’d never say that we were really good friends, but he was one of few who made me feel important.

He didn’t have an unkind word to say about anyone. Last year, our last conversation ended with him telling me that I was always a good friend who he felt comfortable with. I never responded - one of several moments I will come to regret. It’s a good lesson that no matter how busy life gets, always make time to tell those who mean a lot to you that they are important. 

Jamie, thank you for always being so darn nice. 

 

Shared by Delaine Haugen on January 23, 2019

My niece Julie became friends with Jamie at the Grande prairie college and he instantly became a part of our family, even living with us for a while.  We had a ton of fun together, but I will always remember him for the sweet kind soul he was.  You will never be forgotten Jamie. You touched everyone you met.  I am so sad.  Delaine (Ninny

Nothing you would take, everything you gave...

Shared by Brent Griffiths on January 23, 2019

One time when I visited Jamie Presslee in the hospital, he was so sorry that he had lost his voice and sad that I'd come to see him but that he couldn't hold a conversation... that guy, of course he was worried about me not having someone to talk to...

It reminded me of this Pearl Jam song, which Eddie Vedder had written about his best friend, Joey Ramone, who was dying of cancer. Eddie said when he first found out and upon visiting Joey that he didn't know what words to use, and Johnny replied "stay with me, let's just breathe."

So we sat together and just breathed. It's now one of the most meaningful moments of my life.

I don't think Jamie like Pearl Jam too much, but these lyrics describe him so perfectly.

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Just Breathe - Pearl Jam

Yes I understand that every life must end, uh-huh
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, uh-huh
Oh I'm a lucky man to count on both hands the ones I love
Some folks just have one, yeah others they've got none
Stay with me...
Let's just breathe...

Practiced are my sins, never gonna let me win, uh-huh
Under everything, just another human being, uh-huh
Yeah I don't wanna hurt, there's so much in this world to make me bleed
Stay with me
You're all I see...

Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn't I'm a fool you see
No one knows this more than me

As I come clean...
I wonder everyday, as I look upon your face, uh-huh
Everything you gave
And nothing you would take, oh no

Nothing you would take
Everything you gave...

Did I say that I need you?
Oh, did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn't I'm a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
And I come clean, ah...

Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me 'til I die
Meet you on the other side..