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In memory of Jesse Kelleher

Created by Family Of Jesse Kelleher

Jesse Kelleher

On July 18th 2007, Jesse Kelleher was taken from this world and carried to heaven in the arms of an angel. Jesse was my boyfriend's younger brother and I knew him for four years before he passed away from a heroin overdose. He was my friend and had become a brother to me. He was energetic, handsome, athletic, and had a smile that could warm over anyone. It was impossible to stay mad at him. He loved life. We love him and miss him more and more every day. Jesse was born in Alaska and is the second of three children. Jesse, his parents, and his older brother Josh moved to Agawam, Massachusetts when Jesse was a toddler. Jesse's parents grew up in the area and wanted to return home after his father finished his tour in the military. A younger sister, Samantha, was to follow soon after. Jesse comes from a huge, loving family whom all live in surrounding towns and spend most of their free time together. Jesse loved sports. He especially loved the Boston Red Sox, fishing, going to concerts with his brother Josh and his cousin Jonathan, playing golf with his father, and spending time with his American bull dog Jack. Jesse, Josh and Jonathan were inseperable. Jesse's family was very important to him. He had told me how much he loved them many times and how he didn't mean to hurt them, especially his mom and dad. Jesse started using opiates in high school and it progressed from there. It became apparent that using heroin was very common among people his age. He had several lengths of clean time where he didn't use drugs. He shared with me just how scared he was of the hold this drug had on him. Jesse had so many people who cared about him. His parents struggled and worried every minute of every day for him. I watched his brother and his cousin cry not knowing what to do. They both told me they would never give up on him. Jesse overdosed alone in a friend's car. He was at lunch from work. We are all still uncertain of the events that took place that day. He was 24 years old. The grief that his family suffers is unexplainable. His parents, his brother, and his little sister are going through something that most people do not understand. His memories are not enough. They want their son and brother back. I see the pain in my boyfriend's eyes that breaks my heart, and there is nothing that can heal it. Jesse was taken away from us far too soon. It is amazing how many people's lives have been affected from Jesse's death. So many people miss him, so many love him. If you are reading this and you are in the grasp of addiction or ever consider trying opiates, Jesse would tell you it is not worth it. He would tell you to run from it. He would tell you, you are not just hurting yourself, you are hurting everyone who loves and cares about you. Jesse is our angel now. I only hope that in his memory someone who reads this will change their mind about trying or using drugs.


This Memorial was created to commemorate a loved one's life and to let other families know they can turn to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for help when struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page to increase awareness of substance use disorders and to provide hope and healing for others.

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1. Lisa Tusia
Sheleen, Thank you for your support,it means alot to me. I still cant believe my friend is gone,he died just this last st patricks day.my wounds are still fresh,such a horrific way to leave this world.i don't wish this feeling apon noone.i'm sorry for your loss,now we both have an angel watching over us.
2. Lisa Tusia
Sheleen, Thank you for your support,it means alot to me. I still cant believe my friend is gone,he died just this last st patricks day.my wounds are still fresh,such a horrific way to leave this world.i don't wish this feeling apon noone.i'm sorry for your loss,now we both have an angel watching over us.
3. Lisa Tusia
Sheleen, Thank you for your support,it means alot to me. I still cant believe my friend is gone,he died just this last st patricks day.my wounds are still fresh,such a horrific way to leave this world.i wish this feeling apon noone.i'm sorry for your loss,now we both have an angel watching over us.
4. Lynn Massoia
One of my favorite memories of Jesse is when he was learning to walk, he would walk with his arms straight up in the air and his blonde hair stuck straight up too, and he would go as fast as he could with a big grin on his face. Picturing that always makes me smile. He left a big hole in our family. We miss you, Jess.
5. Elaine David's Mama
Dear Sheleen, thank you so much for sharing from your heart about Jesse and the love he shared with his family and friends. Jesse has now become a member of a even larger family of loved ones. He has become our son and our brother and we love him also. I pray for peace in the hearts of all his family and all his friends. In this quiet room we all cry out for our missing kids, brothers, sisters and close friends. We miss them and love them. Keep in touch www.myspace.com/atbettyshouse
6. Theresa Basting
Sheleen, you are a good friend to Jesse and his family to have written this and to somehow understanding their pain. I personally want to thank you for sharing Jesse's story. My son Jason died alone in my house and we too do not know how it had come to that, on that day. He also has a brother and a little sister and was 24 when he died. Thank you for reminding me that his siblings are hurting too. I am truly sorry for your loss of this sweet young man. Terri Basting
7. Jay Drew
Sheleen, Thank you for writing this article on Jesse. He was a special person to many people. To me he was more than my cousin, he was a friend and a brother. He was someone who would laugh with you, who would listen when you had something to say, who always had a smile and a timely joke. Addiction is a terrible thing that does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone at anytime. He fought a good fight and I believe he would tell anyone that drugs destroy and kill. I miss my wiffle ball buddy.
8. Debra Reagan
Dearest Sheleen, This is a lovely and heartfelt tribute to Jesse. You are a blessing to his family and all that love him. I am so sorry that any family has to endure this pain. Thank you for sharing Jesse with us. His memory will live on forever because of people like you. Gentle Hugs, Debra Reagan www.clint-reagan.memory-of.com
9. John Kelly
This reminds me all too well of my son Sean who passed away last November from a heroin and alcohol overdose at the age of 18. Your family is not alone and Jesse is in my prayers. May God bless Jesse and all who love and knew him. Addiction is a terrible thing and maybe if one person reads these stories and seeks out help, our sons deaths will not be in vain. Peace.
10. Angela Gwynn Mother Of Dallas Nguyen
Sheleen, how beautiful is your memorial to Jesse. You were and are a good friend. I am so deeply sorry he is gone from your life. My son Dallas died July 12, 2007 from a heroin overdose. It is a loss that can never be replaced by anything else in the world. Nothing will fill the void of their beautiful existence. Keep telling his story Sheleen, to everyone you know and love, and to the stranger. He will not be forgotten, they never will. Not any of them. Love and Peace to you from Seattle