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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Jess Coven
From: Seattle
Jeremy,

I'm so grateful to have known you and to have had the chance to work with you. Your passion and dedication made our entire community stronger and you will continue to inspire me in all my work. I will miss you,

Jess
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Name: Colette Mercier
From: California
Farewell Jeremy.

Thank you for the gift of you. In the past week of being with you, I grew in intimacy with you and your spirit. Through your life and passing, you showed me what love is possible in a time when I was doubting the power of love to transform. You have been such a tremendous gift to me this week. And although we were not close in recent times, you have become a friend that I will miss. My rational brain says, “how is this possible?” However in the gateways of life and death anything is possible.

Thank you sweet one. I will miss you.

I will look for you, too. As a midwife, I will look for your shining soul, in the babies I help in… hoping for the honor of seeing you again.

Sending you love to last lifetimes.

Colette
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Name: Rick Hind
From: Greenpeace
Jeremy,

We already miss you dearly. Your work inspired us and your gentleness made us more human. Your courage in the face of injustice and in the face of your own illness was humbling.

As I read so many beautiful comments they remind me of a favorite quote by Yeats, "Count where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends."

Your spirit will live on in many, many ways, including the way we do our work and the way we live our lives.

In Peace,

Rick
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Melanie H. Vansell
From: David Paster's "mate"
The light of a star may flicker and fade, yet, it never goes out.
That light still shines somewhere.
Jeremy is one such star…his light continues to shine.
Dear, dear, Jeremy,
Thank you for allowing me to know and love you,
Melanie
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Josh Lynch
From: San Francisco, CA
Dear friends of Jeremy,

I am deeply sorry about Jeremy's passing on Friday. He was an incredibly kind, strong, and passionate man who will be long remembered and loved. Not knowing what else to do, on Friday night, after I heard the news from Ginger, I told a close friend who had never met Jeremy a few stories with tears welling up in my eyes about the incredible man that he was to me. There are a lot more than this, but I wanted to share these short memories with you in the hope that it will somehow help to keep the light that he was burning.

I had never lived west of Ohio before 2004. I had been living in my home state of Burlington, Vermont with my little sister, near my whole big family for the past year when I ran into a dead end in my job search and was forced to look in other places for employment. I was lucky to get a job with Greenpeace in San Francisco as a student organizer. As an environmental activist with Student Environmental Action Coalition in Vermont and Philadelphia I knew Jeremy's name and had emailed with him once or twice, but didn't really know him. When I took the job with Greenpeace I was immediately thrown into a very foreign environment to me with many departments and people working on things that weren't related to what I was doing. The whole thing felt overwhelming and I started to miss home pretty early on.

About a month into the job in October of 2004 I had a small success in the California student clean energy campaign I was working on. We had had a fairly big student convergence on a short timeline and had a couple small breakthroughs in the campaign so I decided to email an update to the whole Greenpeace US staff about it to give people an idea of what I was working on. With all of the intensity of the other campaigns going on at the time and the separated nature of my work from other departments and campaigns, I wasn't expecting a response. I was new and wanted to feel noticed. Despite the fact that he worked on Forest campaigns internationally and nationally and didn't really know me, Jeremy sent a short, but heartfelt response congratulating me on the work I had done. It was a small thing, but it stuck with me for a long time as a turning point when I really started to feel a part of the organization and gained more confidence in my work.

That's who Jeremy was to me. He cared about people and he had a connection to the things that were important. Until he got sick I worked in the same San Francisco office as Jeremy. We occasionally shared stories, lunches, and updates on what we were doing. As so many others were, I was always impressed with the things he would tell about in his forest activism when he would come back from a trip to a place like Japan or Alaska. He put in the long hours and built the relationships it took to get the world's leading guitar companies to commit to using more sustainable wood. He had a unique presence when he spoke about something that he cared about. When I think of Jeremy I will remember that quiet, but powerful voice that managed to carry everyone in the room because of the fact that you knew his heart was right there at the surface.

I have been so impressed and grateful for the organizing, time, and support that you all have put in on behalf of Jeremy and the things he cares about since his illness. I have tried to help how I could but do regret that I did not do more. Please know that you are appreciated.

With love and compassion,
Josh
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Name: Marika Holmgren
From: Half Moon Bay, CA
Jeremy - I heard so often how you walked a bumpy path with such grace, such strength, and such dignity. Please know from a fellow cancer fighter that it has inspired me and helped me recognize the beauty and opportunity in adversity.

You will be missed by so many.

Marika
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Name: Scott Paul
From: Washington, DC
Jeremy – We have been in pristine rainforests and even jail together. You are always the same: calm, reasoned, unflappable, insightful, passionate, intelligent... You are the best at everything you do, from human relationships, to market analysis, to high-tech surveillance. Everything I wrote I always suspected that you were some how reading, as I wrote it. For seven years everything we did came from you. I will miss you more than I will ever be able to outwardly express. The lessons you taught me will last forever.
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Name: Nancy Hwa
From: Washington, D.C.
For Jeremy, and our shared affection for THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Namárië, my friend.

Nancy

This song was inspired in part by the death of a young man from cancer. From the film THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING:

"Into the West"

Lay down / Your sweet and weary head
Night is falling / You’ve come to journey's end
Sleep now / And dream of the ones who came before
They are calling / From across the distant shore

Why do you weep? / What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see / All of your fears will pass away
Safe in my arms / You're only sleeping

What can you see / On the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call? / Across the sea
A pale moon rises / The ships have come to carry you home

And all will turn / To silver glass
A light on the water / All souls pass

Hope fades / Into the world of night
Through shadows falling / Out of memory and time
Don't say / “We have come now to the end”
White shores are calling / You and I will meet again

And you'll be here in my arms / Just sleeping

What can you see / On the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call? / Across the sea
A pale moon rises / The ships have come to carry you home

And all will turn / To silver glass
A light on the water / Grey ships pass
Into the West
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Shana Paster
From: Mountain View
My sweet big brother, as glad as I am that you're no longer suffering, it's hard to see you go. Thank you for being part (a big part) of my journey. You've shared with me and taught me so much. You still will, but now it'll be long-distance learning, I suppose. Your expansive love and strong connections are beautiful to behold. I love you, Jer. xoxox Shana
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Name: Jia Ching Chen
From: Berkeley
Dearest Jeremy,
It's been said so many times, and i'll say it again. Even in extreme pain and illness, you lived with an inspiring strength and grace. Though I'm grateful for every moment that we shared and the opportunities i had to tell you that i love you, there will always be a yearning to say it again and to be by your side. I miss you.
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