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CARLING, Jeremiah Matthew

August 23, 1980 – Edmonton, AB
January 24, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness to announce that Jeremiah Matthew Carling of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Carewest Sarcee Hospice at the age of 33 years, with his family at his side, after an eight year courageous battle with brain cancer.

Jeremiah was an exceptional man with a huge heart. Jeremiah loved to be with his family, as well as art, long walks, movies, camping, skateboarding, animals, the BC mountains, and cooking. He always did or said something to make someone laugh. Jeremiah was quiet, supportive, humble, loyal and loving. He always showed empathy for those around him – even complete strangers. Even at the height of his illness, Jeremiah continued to fight with true honesty and bravery. The cancer may have won over his body but never his gentle, humorous, and determined sprit.

Jeremiah will be deeply missed by his grandmother Ina Paulson; mother Brenda Carling; step-dad Malcolm Halyk; sister Shannon (Shaye) Paulson; nephew Isaiah Anderson, and many friends and family both in Calgary and the British Columbia interior.

Jeremiah’s family wishes to express a very special thank-you to Dr. Jay Easaw, Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Lisette Portelance, Community Care Coordinator, Home Care, Sheldon M Chuimr Health Centre, CBI compassionate care workers Istanbul and Sadie and all the staff at the Carewest Sarcee Hospice. Your compassion, support and care for Jeremiah saw no limits.

A Celebration of Life will take place to honour Jeremiah on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of Moose, 4885 Hubalta Road SE. All who knew him are invited to attend. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Memorial tributes supporting Brain Cancer Research in Jeremiah’s name can be made to: Jeremiah Carling c/o Alberta Cancer Foundation, #710-10123, 99th Street, Edmonton Alberta, T2J 3H1.

“God saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb
So He closed your weary eyelids
and whispered “Peace be thine.”

In living memory of Jeremiah Carling, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Samantha & Richard Jones :

    Jeremiah, you brought a lot of joy to our family. Thank you for being such a light in Lindsay’s life. We are thankful you are at peace and look forward to seeing you again one day. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who loved you.

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  2. I already miss you sooooo much Brother. I love you forever.

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  3. Shannon Towson :

    Rest in Peace, Jeremiah. You showed bravery and strength to so many people. You are loved, and will be missed. Godspeed to you.

    My condolences to the entire family. There are no proper words, but please know you are loved as well…… God bless

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  4. Karine Chalifour :

    I had the great chance to meet Jeremiah at one of our Retreats for young adult cancer patients and survivors in 2009. He left such a mark in all of our hearts. He gave each of us at the Retreat a rock where he wrote: G-Rock (gratitude rock) on one side and “May the wind always be at your back” on the other side. I have had my rock on my desk since then and cherish it so much. He was a wonderful and loving person and I am grateful I got to meet him. My most sincere condolences, from me and everyone at Young Adult Cancer Canada.

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  5. uncle lorne &auntie darlene :

    JEREMIAH you showed such great strength and dignity through your last 8 yrs. You always had a hug for auntie. You will truly be missed and your memories live on forever deepest sympathy to your family

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  6. Miles César Meadows :

    Jeremiah… I am grateful that for the brief amount of time the world got to have you here that Caio and I got to know you and count you among our friends. I’m glad we got to speak before you had to go, sad that you won’t get to come visit our home again, that the world has become a dimmer place without you here. We both have our G-Rocks. Miss you my friend. Sleep in peace.

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  7. My first memory of Jeremiah was when we were in Jr. High. For weeks he would tape stuffed animals, balloons and little secret admirer notes on my locker. He was such a charmer even then. Over the years we became family but I never forgot how special he made me feel way back then. Jeremiah had this magic way of making anyone he was spending time with feel like the most important and treasured person in the world. He listened, he gave advice with consideration, he sat in silence when words weren’t needed. He had to put up with a lot having lots of crazy girls around the house all of the time. But we all adored him. He was a genuine person in an often fake world. The love and devotion he had for his Mom and his sister (and then his nephew) was inspiring. He was protective, proud, and content to spend as much time with them as possible. Throughout the years there were sometimes periods when I didn’t see him but as soon as I did it was as though no time had passed at all. He was the coolest, sweetest guy I’ve ever known and it was a blessing to know him. I will cherish the memories, the laughter, the conversations and the tears forever. My life was better because he was in it. Sleep peacefully. I will love you forever.

    “Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love” (unknown)

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  8. Serena & Ian Donovan :

    My dearest Jeremiah,

    I weep for you. I loved you like a brother. I loved having you as a friend. Being able to see the world through eyes was a gift I will treasure forever. I miss your wonderful smile…your contagious laugh…your ability to prove you were a gentle giant in very few words, as they were always kind. You made my heart smile so many times…Thank you.

    Our children love and miss you, you will always be “Uncle Jer”.

    Be at peace now, and forevermore….. feel no pain, no confusion, no worry. We will be mourning our loss, waiting for time to heal our broken hearts and one day we will see each other again.

    You will always be loved, my friend. You will always be loved.

    To the family-Please accept our deepest sympathies at this truly tragic loss. Try to take comfort in the times when they were good….and remember he loved first and he loved you last. He loved and was loved in so many ways.

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  9. Lesley Morrissey :

    I am so happy to have met Jeremiah a few years ago at our retreat. I have often thought of the lessons he taught me that weekend… he was so strong and ‘tough’, but so soft and caring. He was funny and serious and he had so much compassion for all of us that weekend.

    Jeremiah, you will be missed by everyone you touched.

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  10. Sue McGill-Hoff :

    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Jeremiah’s (Boo) death. We are here to support you in your grieving process. With sincere sympathy
    Luv you all!
    Aunty Suzie

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  11. Linda and Anthony :

    Rest in peace Jeremiah. You will never be forgotten. Our sincere condolences to his entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  12. Janeen Langlois :

    I remember a Christmas when Jeremiah was around 5 or 6 years old. Richard was able to borrow a santa suit from his work and we headed over to Malcolm and Brenda’s house. As we walked up to the house Richard looked into the basement window. The kids were downstairs playing and Jeremiah must have looked up and saw santa in the window. He shot up the stairs like a torpedo yelling repeatedly SANTA’S HERE, SANTA’S HERE, SANTA’S HERE!!!!

    Malcolm, Brenda, & Shannon I’m so deeply sorry for the loss of your sweet and passionate boy. Please know that you are in my daily thoughts and prayers.

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  13. Jeremiah was a special person. I had the privilege of meeting him at the time of his diagnosis and walking with him through his journey with cancer. I was always amazed at his sense of humor, and he never lost this, even when things were not going well. However, what I appreciated most was his spirit, how hard he tried as he received so so many cycles of chemotherapy, RT and multiple surgeries. I also watched him suffer from side effects of treatment and the cancer and it broke my heart. I am thankful for him that his family were there with him to the end. I truly believe he is in a better place. The measure of a person is how they respond when things are not going well. He retained his dignity and genuine kindness towards others through all of this. I am truly honored to have known him.

    J. Easaw MD, Medical Oncology, TBCC

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  14. My deepest condolences for you Brenda and Malcolm.
    God bless you both and know now he has no pain, only peace

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  15. Jennifer miller :

    Forever in our hearts.

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  16. Wade and Donna :

    When we heard the news today it was impossible to keep the tears from rolling down our faces you were truly an amazing person and had a wonderful attitude towards life we will always have your memories in our hearts
    Love you always

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  17. RIP Jeremiah – I will always remember you and Wade getting into mischief together. What a pair the two of you were when you were little. Such a happy fellow. My condolences to your family and friends. You’ll always have a place in our hearts.
    Sherry and Wade Cameron

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  18. Uncle Joe, Auntie Marilyn, Dustin & Adam :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all with the loss of Jeremiah. We want you to know even though we have lost touch over the years, we are deeply saddened by the loss of Jeremiah. It sounds like he touched many people’s lives and left a footprint on their hearts. What a wonderful legacy to leave his family. Our prayer for you is that you find peace and comfort in the special memories you have of him.

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  19. My deepest Condolences go out to Brenda & Shannon and to all of Jeremiah’s family and friends. I have known Jeremiah for a long time now, he is considered my ‘stepbrother’ if you will, over the years of knowing Jeremiah, he always had such great spirit, always so positive and outgoing, he brought many smiles and laughter to my face, also to everyone that knew Jeremiah because that was the kind of person Jeremiah was. Jeremiah was one of the strongest people I knew, he fought a hard battle, but managed to always stay positive and with such good spirits in his long Journey. I will always remember you Jer, I will never forget what a great character you truly were. I wont say bye forever, I will say “seeya later” as that was the last thing you said to me. Lots of love.

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  20. Shannon,

    Sending our deepest condolences to you and your family. We love you and you are in our thoughts. Call anytime!

    Jen & Andrea

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  21. debbie guschuk allon :

    My heartfelt condolences to you all at this sad time. May you find comfort in all your memories of Jeremiah.

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  22. It is one month today Brother, Mom & I miss and love you forever and always. I have a feeling that I will come to this page often. We wish things could be different but know and understand things cannot. Just know you are the best son, brother, uncle. We would stop time to have one more second with you. I love and miss you sooo much. I never thought the day would come that we would have to say goodbye to YOU. EVER. I love you so. ALWAYS. Xoxo

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  23. As we near the three month mark, I continue to think of you as I always have in every second and minute of my day. I miss you terribly, Brother. I wish you were here. xoxox

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  24. Jeremiah, I’m so sad to learn of your passing. You were a beautiful and kind soul. I will never forget the memories that we once shared. I can only imagine the pain Shaye, your mom and the rest of the family are feeling.
    Rest easy my old friend.

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  25. We have reached the 6 month mark Brother. Your birthday is soon. We love you so much and miss you just as equally. We would give anything to have you here. I love you and continue to miss you with each passing day. ~ Sis xo

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  26. It’s almost been a year Brother………

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  27. I love you brother. There is not a second in the day that I don’t think of you.

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  28. Happy birthday to the best man I will ever have the honour of calling my Brother. I love you always and forever.

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  29. Joseph madsen :

    Miss ya buddy, always think of ya, I will never forget the good times we had, peace bro…

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