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Jeremy Thomas Patterson, 39 years old, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was tragically taken by cancer, leaving a deep void in the hearts of all who knew him. Jeremy will be fondly remembered for his warm sense of humor and his gentle and loving presence. He radiated a unique light that touched everyone in his world. His breadth of vision and compassion manifested through his various creative talents and interests. He had an insatiable love for music, constantly exploring new sounds and sharing them with friends. Jeremy’s thirst for knowledge was unwavering, making him well-informed in film, music, art, pop culture, history, and global affairs. He was a true advocate for social justice, using his voice to support oppressed and marginalized groups. Jeremy’s ethical nature and caring soul made him perceptive and wise. His absence will be deeply felt in a world that needs more advocates for justice and peace. Before his passing, Jeremy’s final request was for us all to show love to one another and extend that love to others.

Jeremy was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and grew up in Jarvis, Ontario. He obtained a degree in film and religious studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Later, he pursued his passion for printmaking and letterpress by studying at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2012, he married Ember Welsch, whom he met at a summer camp in 2005. They settled in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2013 and have been raising their three beautiful children, Ada, Burton, and Charley.

Jeremy is survived by his beloved wife, Ember, their children, Ada, Burton, and Charley, his parents Gary and Mary Jo Patterson, his sister Naomi (Justin) Patterson Mahon, and his niece and nephew, Amelia and Luke. He will be deeply missed by his extended family, including Naomi and Matthew, as well as numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Visitation will be held at Cooper Funeral Home in Jarvis, Ontario on October 27, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will follow on October 28, at St. James United Church in Simcoe, Ontario at 2 p.m. In memory of Jeremy, attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite band or novelty t-shirt, as he had a vast collection himself.

A second service in Lincoln, Nebraska will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the causes Jeremy passionately supported or to his family. These include ok2bme.ca, aclunebraska.org, nebraskansagainstgunviolence.com, and a GoFundMe page for the Welsch-Patterson family.

Condolences can be sent and memories can be shared by visiting http://www.cooperfuneralhome.ca.

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