OBITUARY

Jeremy E. Gomez

March 18, 1994July 18, 2010

To Jeremy E. Gomez, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Jeremy, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Jeremy really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Jeremy was born on March 18, 1994 at Wellington Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Florida. His parents are Enrique and Kelly Gomez. Jeremy was raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. Even as a child, Jeremy had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family. Jeremy attended Berkshire Elementary then moved to South Olive in first grade to become part of their gifted program. He excelled in school at a young age and had no difficulty making friends. When he was younger he loved dinosaurs and knew all of their names - at the time he wanted to be a paleontologist.

Always a good playmate, Jeremy was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Jeremy managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Jeremy was raised with two siblings. He had one older sister, Amelia, and one younger sister, Kristen.

He attended Palm Springs Middle School (Jefferson Davis) and was a member of their band for 3 years. There, he learned to play the alto saxophone and then the baritone saxophone. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Jeremy experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in soccer at Palm Springs Youth League and was a cubscout Tiger through Webelos. He loved the natural beauty of clouds and sunsets referring to them as being "amazing". As he got older he loved being around small kids and thought about teaching. After he went into the hospital in May 2010 and seeing what the PICU nurses and what they did for people he was considering becomin an RN.

Jeremy was a student at Forest Hill High School and he was a member of the Engineering Academy. He was a musician in the Falcon Marching Band where he and his friend Sunjay Armistead shared the "Outstanding Musician Award". He also won "Best Hair" in the band. Jeremy simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. Since experience was Jeremy's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory". He enjoyed volunteering as an intern with SYC (Summer Youth College) at PBCC for two summers and with the Boredom Busters with Patrice Bowes nearly the past five years in many events.

Jeremy never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Jeremy to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Jeremy delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Jeremy was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Jeremy utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. He had many neighborhood friends: Cody Collins, Danny Gerena, Josh Knisley, Ralph Ortiz, Peter McGuire. Later in life, he also became friends with Misty Baker-Day (his girlfriend of three years), Karly Cronin, Brett Roberts, Zoe Jones, Tyler Kramer, Nabil Rodriguez, Brennan Delaney, Alex Dunlop, Julia Krantz, Erin Egan and many more. Jeremy loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew. He always remarked that he should have grown up in the 80's as some of his favorite music came from that time. He also loved the Beatles, 70's rock and more current rock. In his spare time he liked pokeman cards and an had a passion for video games - he started early PlayStation, PlayStation 2, XBox 360, Wii and WOW (World of Warcraft) online.

Living life in the fast lane suited Jeremy just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included visiting grandparents in Michigan and traveled to Italy in his 8th grade year where he intended to one day live and raise a family. During that trip he visited Verona, Pisa, Rome, Pompeii, and his favorite, Florence.

Jeremy was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Jeremy's favorites was Bam Bam, a Cocker Spaniel. They were best friends for 4 years.

Jeremy passed away on July 18, 2010 at University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital-Holtz Children's Hospital. Jeremy had a liver transplant in May 2010 and was diagnosed with Leukemia on July 6th. He is survived by his mom and dad, Kelly and Enrique; his sisters, Amelia and Kristen; his grandparents, Bernice Basen, Art and Anita Gomez; his great-grandparents, Juanita and Jesus Gomez; his aunts, uncles, cousins, and many AMAZING friends. Services were held at Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home. Jeremy was laid to rest in Lake Worth Memory Gardens.

Jeremy brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Jeremy E. Gomez lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.

OBITUARY

JEREMY E. GOMEZ Age 16, of West Palm Beach passed away after a brief battle with leukemia. He was a life long resident of this area attending Forest Hill High School. He would have started the 11th grade in the fall. Jeremy played saxophone with the Falcon Marching Band, and was a member of the Engineering Academy. Jeremy volunteered, for two years, at SYC - Palm Beach Community College as an intern. His survivors include his parents, Enrique and Kelly Gomez; his sisters, Amelia and Kristen; his grandparents, Bernice Basen and Arturo and Anita Gomez and his great-grandparents, Jesus and Juanita Gomez. He also leaves a host of other family members and an amazing group of friends. His family will receive friends on Friday, July 23 between 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the funeral home, where his life will be celebrated on Saturday, July 24 at 10:00 AM. Jeremy will be laid to rest immediately following at Lake Worth Memory Gardens. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to DORSEY - E. EARL SMITH MEMORY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME 3041 KIRK ROAD LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA 33461

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 23, 2010

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 23, 2010

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2010

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2010

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Mike Basen

July 18, 2011

Jeremy its been a year since you left us . You are missed and loved. Your friends and family were at church today for you.

The Gerena Family

July 16, 2011

Jeremy, you are in our hearts forever :)

mike Basen

January 20, 2011

Jeremy its been 6 months now and it seems like yesterday. I went by to see you today miss you alot. thought of you when we went to disney last weekend .
miss you love you

Karly Cronin

August 19, 2010

Hey JeremyIt's been a month and one day now, and everyday it gets harder and harder to deal with the pain, and believe that you're gone. I love you so much. I dream about you everynight, and I think about you from the second I open my eyes, until I close them again. I feel you all around me all the time. I know you're always with me, comforting me. Protecting me. Not just me, but Mom and Dad, and Amelia. and Zoe, and Kristen, and Misty, and Brett, Brennan and Nabil. Thank you, Jeremy. I love you, and I miss you. I know I'll see you again one day, and until then. Sleep tight, and keep an eye out for us, okay? Best friends forever. pinky promise.

Erin Egan

July 30, 2010

Jeremy,
I miss you so much. I’ve missed our friendship for years, but never like this. You are all I think about. I am so grateful that I can say that you were one of my best friends. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people that have said that you were their best friend at one point or another. That doesn’t surprise me because that’s just the type of person that you were. When I learned that you had passed away I couldn’t believe it. When Orlando told me that it was true I still couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. I am going to miss walking past you at school and catching your eye and smiling, happy that you were happy. Thank you for bringing Julia and I back together. There will always be a spot for you in our friendship and in our hearts. You were my best friend. I hope you know that I always have and always will love you.

July 29, 2010

Dear loved ones of Jeremy;

What a blessing in your lives Jeremy was to you. He fought a difficult battle
and is with Jesus now!!!


May God Bless you and your familyXXXX 000 XXX

Tom & Linda Panian

July 28, 2010

To the family of Jeremy Gomez. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow, and may he bless you to see Jeremy again when he is called back to life (Job 14:15, 15).

July 27, 2010

Jeremy you were fun and interesting to be around. I really enjoyed talking to you about "engineering and life stuff." You will be truely missed! You will always be in our hearts and in our thoughts! Jeremy you will forever be a part of Forest Hill High and the Academy of Engineering family! God bless you and your family.
(Mr. Janci- Academy of Engineering/Forest Hill High School)

Kelly Gomez

July 27, 2010

Jeremy -

I miss you more than you could ever know. You were not only my son, but a friend. We could talk about anything. From the stupid things you would get into to philosophy. As with most of your friends we had lots of inside jokes. Too many to name. This is going to be one of the hardest things I will do in my life. I am so glad that your friends are here. I think that each of your friends has gained a piece of you and that makes me feel good. I love you honey, Mom....

amelia gomez

July 25, 2010

i love you sooo much jeremy!!!!!!!!!


god i wish you could walk threw that door

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