December 11, 1970-July 6, 2001
In time, every sad thing
will become happy.
The sad ending is only because
the author stops telling the story.
It goes on.
It is just untold.
Francis Falls in "Twin Falls Idaho"
Jeremy died July 6, 2001 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, two days after suffering a massive cerebral hemorrhage while visiting friends at a 4th of July pool party. He was 30 years old.
This memorial page serves both as a tribute to our beloved Jeremy as well as a record of the events surrounding his death. (Sorry for all the typos -- they'll be fixed as I have time to identify / correct them -- rpj)
Aside from the Ogden Standard-Examiner, I'm not sure where else the obituary appeared. I believe that it showed up in the Houston Voice and the Southern Voice, the gay community newspapers here and in Atlanta. It may also have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It definitely did not appear in the Houston Chronicle, which (if the information given to me by friends is correct) charges about $80 a column inch for obituaries.
The Utah service
The first memorial service began 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Riverdale, Utah, a suburb of Ogden, Jeremy's hometown. In the Mormon tradition, the centerpiece of a funeral service is testimony from the family. About 200 friends and family attended the service.Program, Front Cover
The Houston service
The second service -- a celebration of Jeremy's life in the arts -- began 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2001, at Rebekah Lodge, 1440 Allston in the Heights. Tributes included the spoken testimonies, poetry, dance, song, piano and violin. The service was standing room only, with more than 100 people attending.
Order of Service
Pictures of Jeremy: 1994-2001
Musee des Beaux Arts (W.H. Auden)
Elegy (Alexander Pushkin)
Heroes, Sheroes & Favorite Quotes
What Eden had to say
The Atlanta service
The final service began 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2001, at Emory University's Cannon Chapel. About 100 people attended.
Here is a list of the guests who signed the guestbook Becky, Jeremy's mom, purchases for the services in Utah, Texas and Georgia.
Cards and Letters
I died as mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal.
I died as animal and I was human.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die human,
To soar with angels blessed above.
And when I sacrifice my angel soul
I shall become what no mind ever conceived.
-- Attributed to Rumi
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