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Lofty

My overwhelming impression of Jeremy was the passion he put into everything he did. His enthusiasm was un-bounded and is sorely missed.

Cheers mate!

Lofty Whitaker
Audix

So here we are; another year later and another year older.

Today is October 29, 2009. Today 28 years ago made one woman and one man the [happy] & proud parents of Jeremiah Meyer. He was born into a family that unconditionally loved and cared for him. Jeremy was destined for greatness, he was born to succeed in everything he tried his hand in. Being born on the anniversary of the date that the Statue Of Liberty was given to America must mean something, because Jeremy sure was amazing. "Always go for what you want; you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it," two lines that Jeremy had personally said to me on more then one occasion. He'd push for greatness; not just for himself but for those around him. He'd never turn his back on anyone; especially if you needed help.

Now on this October 29 we hurt, we pray, we cry, but we also remember. We remember someone for being more than a stand up man; more then a great person; more then an amazing father and lover. We remember him for every good thing he has ever done. We remember every smile he had ever put on our face, we remember every smile he smiled back at us. We remember the way he'd laugh, we remember the way his laugh was so contagious, and we also remember that curly pony tail that would always hang half way down his back.

For me it's impossible not to remember. Everyday I sit down at a desk that was once Jeremy Meyers'. I have worked at this desk for almost a year now. I never wanted to move anything, I wanted to preserve everything the way it was, I felt if I preserved everything it would keep Jeremy close. Sometimes I think I am going to wake up from this horrible nightmare; I'm going to walk into the office and see that always smiling face look up at me and say "did you stay out of trouble?" My response of course would be "don't I always stay out of trouble Jeremy?" It was just routine. I guess I have to come to the realization that it's not a bad dream, it's simply reality; no matter how badly it hurts. Sometimes sitting at this desk makes me feel so small. I find myself thinking 'How am I ever going to fill these shoes?' Then I look up at a Black Hawks calendar that has not been touched since June of 2008, the picture on there- Patrick Sharp #10 & Rene Bourque #12. This calendar is a constant reminder of Jeremy & a message that he left me with, I can be great if I want to be great. Though it may be October of 2009 I will never change the page on the calendar, and I guarantee that I will never take the calendar down. Looking up at this calendar 50x a day pushes me to work harder, because for the last person that looked up at this calendar everyday was a success.

I will remember Jeremy everyday my heart beats. Jeremy now lives in our hearts and our memories. Anyone that had the pleasure to know Jeremy has to have at least five great memories with him and some have many, many more. Never forget those; cherish them and even when its hard think about him, remember the good times you shared with him and keep them close to your heart always. He is watching down on us, he is keeping us safe, he is our angel.
 

Gabrielle - October 29, 2009

Forgetting Is Not An Option!

I don’t know about you but I continue to think about my friend and “virtual” son.  During the good times I’m saddened that he isn’t here to enjoy the fruits of his labors.  When faced with challenging times (not so good or bad times), I miss his valued input and thoughtful assessments. 

In early March just before the Easter season Amanda forwarded a picture of Danielle that had been taken during Halloween.  It was the perfect Easter picture - Danielle in a duck costume.  Priceless…

(While we’re not able to post pictures of Danielle (at Amanda’s request) we were able to send a copy to a few friends with the understanding that the picture not be posted anywhere. Thanks to all for complying with Amanda’s wishes.) 

My heart skipped a beat when I saw this picture of Danielle - the eyes, the curve of her brow, all reminiscent of Jeremy.  He definitely lives in his daughter. It is a blessing that we can continue to see the eyes that seemed to have a life of their own.  How they sparkled when he was happy.  Jeremy was a very communicative guy.  He wore his heart on his sleeve.  Ready to give freely of anything (ANYTHING) he had if someone’s need was greater than his own.  Heck, the need didn’t necessarily have to be greater, he was generous to a fault. 

It may sound silly, but I don’t ever want to forget Jeremy’s face.  I continue to surround myself with pictures and memories of Jeremiah (I like that name).  There are pictures of Jeremy in my office and at any location that I spend any amount of time. 

Remembrances of Jeremy can pop up at any given time.  Not long ago, Rikk and I were having a conversation and he made a move that so reminded me of Jeremy.  I had to pause for a moment and said to Rikk, “Jeremy always did that”.  He knew.  His response, “yes, but you’re stuck with me.”  Pretty much every day brings some reminder.  Something to pull at the heartstrings. 

For such a young man, he was knowledgeable and wise beyond his years as is evidenced by his huge network of friends and supporters.  He couldn’t have been loved more.  My opinion (I could be wrong but don’t think so), outside of Jeremy’s immediate family, I truly believe I was his biggest fan.  He was family AND he filled our lives on both personal and professional levels.

As we approach the anniversary of his passing, my heart continues to go out to Amanda and Danielle; his mother (Debbie), his dad (Mike), brother Nathan (Heather too!); Grandmother , and all extended family members. 

I encourage each of you to do something nice for someone today – random acts of kindness embody who and what J was all about.  And do this without the expectation of something in return.  That would defeat the purpose.  We are our brothers (& sisters!) keepers.

Amanda – You are strength personified! 

Danielle – Angels On Your Pillow.  You are so loved! 

Sarah G – It does get easier.  Call anytime.  We love you as well… 

Debbie – The “white butterfly” was in my face all the time.  I just had to look up…

Jeremiah, I miss you and love you more than I can say.

 

In the eyes of his daughter, through the motions of a friend, and in the hearts of many, he continues to live!

Peace,

B

June 6, 2009

 

I Remember...

I remember being 14 years old and coming home from a bad day at school. I was walking up my driveway and it wasn’t really anything to me to see different cars in my driveway, being that my parents ran a successful business out of our home. But I remember seeing an old maroon Buick parked in the driveway. Little did I know that I’d be seeing this car on a pretty regular basis. I walked inside and to my surprise, there is a tall young man with long hair sitting at my dining room table.  Who is this guy with long hair and big ears just sitting at my table? I wondered to myself. My mom introduces him as “Jeremy, out new intern.” At that moment it didn’t mean much to me. I figured he was just another one of my moms’ employees. Little did I know I was so wrong.

I started seeing Jeremy almost on a daily basis in  my house, unlike all of my moms other employees, Jeremy was different. He extended his generosity to a 14 year old he didn’t even know. He actually went out of his way to talk to me. And when he’d see me at my dining room table struggling with homework, he’d take a minute out of his busy day to try to help me, and make sure I understood what I was doing.

Jeremy came into the picture right before the prime of my rebellion. We had talked so many times about how what I was doing wasn’t good and he tried to put me on the right path time and time again. He never once gave up on me, even when it felt like everyone else had. Jeremy had such a positive impact on my life, he was so proud of me when I graduated high school. Around the same time I was graduating he found out that the love of his life, Amanda was pregnant. When he found out he was having a baby girl he was elated. When she was born you could tell he had a new glow about him, being a father gave Jeremy such happiness. I remember the first time I saw him after she was born, he was so egger to tell me all about her.

I knew Jeremy beyond Spoiled By Technology. Jeremy always told me I was the little sister he never had. And he became an older brother to me. Doing things that big brothers would do for their little sister. He would drive me to work before I had a car. Then when I did finally get my car and it got crashed he’d drive me to the train station, that ride to the train station was the last time I saw Jeremy. I remember everything we talked about on the car ride. We talked about how my moms’ employee that I didn’t know very well [Rikk] was a really good person, because I had told him that I didn’t know about him. Jeremy reassured me he was an awesome employee and an even better person. Then Jeremy went onto tell me that I could have never asked for a better mother, that my mother has given me opportunities that some mothers don’t even have the chance to give to their children, he told me that I should start really appreciating my mother, because my mom would tell him how she loved me and only wanted to see me succeed. Jeremy was right, not only about my mother but about Rikk as well. I will hang on to that conversation for the rest of my life. It wasn’t until I lost Jeremy that I started realizing everything he said was right.

Jeremy once saved my life, not too many people know about it, I’m not sure if my mother really ever knew, but that is a whole different story for a whole different day. The point is Jeremy saved my life and I would have given anything to save his. But, they say everything happens for a reason. I personally could never see a reason to lose someone as special, as brilliant, as caring, as compassionate and, as loving as Jeremy, but they must have needed him up there. Someone, somewhere else, wherever that may be, must of needed an angel.  Jeremy has touched the lives of so many, in so many ways, always for the better. You would never hear a negative word spoken about Jeremy. Losing Jeremy was the hardest experience I have ever had to go through. I’m 20 years old now; Jeremy brightened my life for six amazing years. And for that he’ll never be forgotten. I will carry the lessons that Jeremy taught me for the rest of my life; there will never be a day where I will not think about what I have learned from him. Jeremy taught me, how to be a better student, not just in the classroom but in life. He taught me how to be a better daughter and most importantly he taught me to be a better person, not just for everyone around me, but for myself. One thing Jeremy said to me once was, “you can’t make others happy until you’re happy.” I learned to be happy with myself and my life is getting a lot better. I will see Jeremy again one day, but until that day I know he’ll be watching over me, making sure I stay on the right path. I love you Jeremy.

Gabrielle -  Dec 11, 2008
 

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