To Jeremy, With Love, your sister Sarah

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I have known Jeremy since he was 11 years old. We met in the summer of 1998 when Josh invited me, as his first girlfriend, over to his house. I met his parents and his two younger brothers, Jeremy and Jamie. I remember them being rambunctious and loud, in the way only young boys can be. They had a fun, teasing, joking camaraderie amongst them. Always trying to “get each other’s  goat”, but they were a close knit three. I remember playing with Jeremy and Jamie and pretending to hide fake poo in Josh’s shoes over and over again one night. We thought it was hilarious, though the joke got old to Josh pretty quickly.
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Jeremy was dependable. When our car broke down on our way to a family vacation in Florida, Jeremy came back to get us in his car, hours out of his way. When Josh’s mom was sick and in the hospital a few weeks after Charlie was born, Jeremy took on the lion’s share of the responsibilities in helping to care for her and keeping things running at home.

Jeremy had a great sense of humor. He loved a good joke (and a bad one). He wanted to make people smile and laugh around him. He was quick to be a goofball or catch you off guard with a silly face or staring contest. He was particularly good at pulling off a deadpan face. He was constantly sending Josh jokes and funny memes, and Josh would share the particularly hilarious ones with me. When Charlie was a few months old, Josh, Jeremy, Jamie, and I had a group text conversation where we took pictures of Charlie and captioned them with what his baby thoughts must be. We were loving every minute of this game! Laughing at our hilarious comments and loving the sweet pictures of Charlie.
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Jeremy was a thrill seeker. He was braver than I will ever be. He loved roller coasters and any type of ride that spun, twisted, dropped, rocketed. He swam in the Georgia Aquarium with sharks. He even tried sky diving. Not to say he wasn’t scared, but he faced these fears head on and loved every minute of it.

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Jeremy was also a huntsman. On visits to his grandparents’ house in Plains, he would often wake up in the pre-dawn hours to go hunting for turkeys with his grandfather. Jeremy learned from his grandfather and was a great shot. He also loves to fish and shoot targets. He was so proud when his grandfather or dad said he was the best shot of any particular hunting trip, which he usually was. Josh learned woodworking and fly fishing from his grandfather. It is a special bond between the two of them that Josh treasures. I know Jeremy must have treasured his quiet mornings in the woods with his Papa as much as Josh treasures his afternoons in the woodshop.

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Jeremy loved being an uncle. He was so nervous the first time he held Charlie in the hospital but did a good job and was so sweet. The smile never left his face that day. He was dedicated to making sure he was a good uncle to Charlie. He told me more than once that Charlie was his favorite person in the world and how much he loved him. Jeremy said that just hearing Charlie say, “Hi, Unka Jer-my!” could make his whole day. Charlie has a special bond with all of his uncles, and I’ve always been so thankful that these three young guys in their twenties have been so dedicated and so sweet to my little guy. He is so lucky.

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These are just a few memories out of the 17 years we shared together. I know many more will come back to me as time passes. Today, they are making my heart ache, but I hope one day they will bring me the joy of Jeremy’s smile and laugh.

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I just can’t believe this is real. I can’t believe you are gone, Jeremy. You had plans. New goals. New adventures ahead of you. You were just getting started. I just can’t believe it. Every time I see your picture I remember how alive you were just a moment ago, and it just seems impossible that you are gone.

I will love you forever, and Charlie will always know what a loving uncle he had in you.

Your sister-in-law,
Sarah xoxo

9 thoughts on “To Jeremy, With Love, your sister Sarah”

  1. Sarah and Josh, your pieces are both beautiful.

    I am so very sorry for your loss. The Massengale family, Ryan, and I are all sending love and prayers your way.

  2. What a sweet reflection, Sarah.
    Jeremy will live in all our hearts and give us a smile as we remember.❤️

  3. What a touching tribute, Sarah — the only solace in this tragic situation are the happy memories of Jeremy that will never go away. My thoughts are with your family, and I pray that you can all find and give each other the strength to get through this difficult time. Hugs.

  4. Thanks for sharing this beautiful § moving tribute.
    “To live in hearts we leave behind
    is not to die” –Thomas Campbell
    My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Love

  5. Sarah, it is unreal to think about Jeremy being gone. You and Josh have been in my constant thoughts. I love the pictures you posted here and it was nice to read about so many great memories. I will keep you in my prayers and may you find some comfort in the days ahead as you spend time with family. I send you my love.

  6. Oh, Sarah. My heart breaks. I am so sad that Jeremy left this world so quickly, without any warning or chance to say goodbye. You are a beautiful family, and that is apparent in the love you all share and this touching tribute you wrote to your dear brother. He will be sorely missed and may he rest in perfect peace.

  7. Dear Sarah, what a beautiful tribute to Jeremy. He was a very loved young man. I am so sorry, that I didn’t get to know him better, but reading your tribute and both of Josh’s, I’m learning that he was a very special young man. My family ( I call them the “G” family)all send their love and prayers to you, Josh, especially Annette, Jeff and Jamie. Love you all

  8. Be at peace Sarah, for where the winding road of life leads us we know not. Jeremy was and still is much loved. I am so sorry.

  9. I’m so deeply saddened by the loss of Jeremy by the entire family. It is a terrible loss. With thoughts and prayers, may you and the entire family find peace. Jeremy is with the Lord, but he left a void.

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