Jeremy…husband of Catherine, father of Ben, Simeon, Tom, Joshua & Lydia. Up until the end of April 2015, he was pastor/vicar of a group of churches on the edge of Exeter in Devon, UK. In early October 2014, aged 48, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer, a stage four malignant melanoma presenting as a tumour on his lungs. The usual life expectancy is 8-12 months. Then, in late December 2014, 23 year old Ben suffered a seizure. After prolonged medical care for what was most likely to have been a viral infection affecting his brain, Ben died in April 2015. Jeremy has up until recently seemed to have responded well to pioneering immunotherapy treatments that can extend life, but from September 2016 is now facing the fresh development of brain tumours and potentially now just months to live. On January 27th 2017 Jeremy took his last breath and went to be his Lord and Saviour. The family share their thoughts, feelings and reflections as they taJeremy…husband of Catherine, father of Ben, Simeon, Tom, Joshua & Lydia. Up until the end of April 2015, he was pastor/vicar of a group of churches on the edge of Exeter in Devon, UK. In early October 2014, aged 48, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer, a stage four malignant melanoma presenting as a tumour on his lungs. The usual life expectancy is 8-12 months. Then, in late December 2014, 23 year old Ben suffered a seizure. After prolonged medical care for what was most likely to have been a viral infection affecting his brain, Ben died in April 2015. Jeremy has up until recently seemed to have responded well to pioneering immunotherapy treatments that can extend life, but from September 2016 is now facing the fresh development of brain tumours and potentially now just months to live. On January 27th 2017 Jeremy took his last breath and went to be with his Lord and Saviour. The family share their thoughts, feelings and reflections as they take this painful and unexpected journey.

BenThe Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for Ben’s life will take place on Friday 8th May @ 2pm at Belmont Chapel, Exeter.

All are invited to join us as we remember and celebrate Ben’s life and give thanks to his Saviour for all the grace Ben received and for his 23 years of living life to the full.

You are invited to wear cheerful clothing. A Devon cream tea will be served after the service.

A private family burial will take place early in the following week.

Belmont Chapel has full facilities. For those travelling from a distance, there will be light refreshments available before the service. The address is Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB. There is a large public ‘Pay & Display’ carpark behind Belmont Chapel. For a map on how to find it, please click here.

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Comments on: "Service of Thanksgiving for Ben" (9)

  1. Caroline Colin said:

    Dearest Jeremy
    Thank you for these details and the invitation to celebrate Ben’s life with you. Len and I will be travelling to Italy on Friday 8 May and therefore unable to physically with you all. We continue to ‘sit’ with you all during this time. May I call and visit, briefly, sometime this weekend in light of the fact that I am unable to support you next Friday?
    With constant love to you and Catherine, and all the family
    Cas

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  2. Lee and Christine Manley said:

    Dear Jeremy and all your lovely family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Unfortunately we are away on 8th May, but we will be thinking of you all.

    With our love
    Lee and Chris

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  3. Celia Knox (nee Vernon) said:

    Dearest Jeremy, Catherine and family
    I have been in touch with Julia quite a bit recently and she told me your overwhelmingly sad news. Just want to send you love, thoughts and prayers on the loss of your beloved Ben. I shall be thinking of you and yours this Friday. Much love x

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  4. Harold Whitty said:

    Jeremy, Catherine and family – our hearts go out to you in the loss of Ben. We have followed your news for some time now, and have been praying regularly for Ben, for you – Jeremy – and for all of you as a family. The death of a child, however young or old, must be a heart-rending experience. It is something which,of course, God understands from the inside, as it were. If we cannot be with you on Friday – and I am not sure yet – you will be much in our thoughts and prayers, and will continue to be so. Ben looks so full of life in those lovely photos. I recently came across a song by Edwin Brown – “Christ for me”. If you put “Christ for me – Edwin Brown” into Google you will find it on YouTube. The last verse reads: “And when I take my final breath, I’ll take the hand that conquered death, And rise to meet Him face to face, Christ for me, Christ for me…”

    In the midst of your sorrow and turmoil may the “Shalom” of Easter bring comfort, strength and hope.

    I share with you in your love of Rockbeare, having lived in the vicarage for a few years some time ago.

    With love from Harold and Gwynneth

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  5. Paul & Diane Fraser said:

    Our hearts go out to you at this sad time and pray that you will receive strength from our Father God and know His love and care surrounding and upholding you all. We can rejoice that for Ben he is already living in glory with Christ – as you so often say ‘the best is yet to come’ and he is receiving it but our sadness is for you and the family. Thinking of you all

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  6. Shirley Bebbington said:

    Dear Jeremy
    Lydia came to find me today to tell us of the extremely sad news. So thoughtful of her, given such difficult times your lovely family are going through.
    We were already aware of this awful news and have been given the time off by the school to attend the service of thanksgiving tomorrow. Justine and myself will be there, not just to represent the school but because we were incredibly fond of Ben in the Art department.
    all our love
    Shirley

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  7. Yvonne Howarth said:

    Please tell me you got my message. Can’t see it and just hoping I haven’t pressed the wrong button. X

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  8. Jane Crocker said:

    Dear Jeremy ,Catherine,Dabi and all your family
    I am so glad I was able to make the thanksgiving service for Ben ,to see all the photos and listen to all the wonderful testaments, I felt I got to know him for a short while . So sorry I didn’t get to see you. Thinking and praying for you all
    God Bless
    Jane xxxx

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