Remembering Weston

$20,712 of $20k goal

Raised by 300 people in 44 months
Michelle Chopp  APEX, NC
As you are all aware, our good friends Wayne Vandemerwe & Becky Daly have recently suffered the tragic loss of their son Weston. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. It is our goal to help the family ease the financial burden of the funeral & other expenses as they struggle to find a new normal. We truly appreciate any and all forms of support, whether they are financial or spiritual. We encourage you to please leave comments on the site sharing how Weston has touched your lives.


The memorial for Weston Michael Vandemerwe is at 10:30 am-11:30 am at Calvary Church of Cary this Friday Aug 16 at 1600 Center Street in Apex, NC. Immediately following will be a celebration of Weston's luminous life at NOON -2pm at the Clubhouse at The Village of Apex, 1095 Ambergate Station Rd. Apex, NC 27502 Everyone is welcome to both!

"For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men." Hosea 13:14
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Update 3
Posted by Michelle Chopp
41 months ago
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Good evening
I wanted to reach out to you for your support to my family. We have just returned from a tree planting in Weston's name at his fraternity Phi Kappa Tau.
The first recipient of the "live today the Weston way" was Ryan Gentry. This will be a yearly selection thanks to your donations.
We miss Weston deeply, but your love and support has made our journey just a little bit easier.

Thank you
Wayne, Becky, Colin, Gavin, Amy and all extended family
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Update 2
Posted by Michelle Chopp
44 months ago
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Thank you so much for all of the love & support that everyone has shown the family. Weston's memorial was beautiful and a true testament to a wonderful life. We should all truly LIVE our lives, not just go through the motions. Give it your 100%, just as Weston did.
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Update 1
Posted by Michelle Chopp
44 months ago
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Just a quick note to thank all of the people that have sent their thoughts, prayers, love and support to the Vandemerwe family. They are incredibly grateful for all of the contributions that you have sent their way.
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Wayne Vandemerwe
44 months ago

Becky, Colin, Gavin and I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to show their love and support for our family. Weston, we love and miss you.

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Gene Ellefson
44 months ago

Weston, I know you are in a better place now....I did not know you but you were a friend of my youngest son, Darren. Darren told me that you were a wonderful guy, a good friend, and dedicated to your family. Tears flow now, as I write these words to you....I am so sorry that your life was so short....the world needs so many good people like yourself...it is filled with so much evil and wrong-doers, that it needs people like you to lift us all up. I am not feeling sad for you....I am sure that the Lord has great things for you ahead....but I am sad for your family and the rest of us....I know that Darren was heartbroken at the news of your passing....he like you, has a heart that is still young and a little naive, but the innocent heart that feels the pain of loss even more than those of us who have grown to be so cynical in this imperfect world. You were just beginning to flourish and use your talents and strengths that were blessings from God. The world would have been so much better with you in it. I will pray for your family and your friends....your senseless loss and not knowing how you really passed must be so painful for them. I am sorry that you died all alone and with so many dreams and goals not yet realized. I know that those who knew you will continue to offer prayers for you...and your loved ones. I ask that you do the same for us as we go on in this world. Please pray for your family that they may be strengthened. Pray for your friends that they may learn about the fragility of life, how it can be so boistrous one moment and then over the next. Pray that they use your passing as a reminder to enjoy life and life's blessings and to focus on what is important...faith, family, friends. I pray that one day you and I will meet each other, and you will maybe offer me the kiss of peace as I join you in the loving company of the faithful. May God bless you and welcome you into His kingdom.

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$20,712 of $20k goal

Raised by 300 people in 44 months
Created August 14, 2013
JM
$40
Jay and Michelle Martin
44 months ago

Our prayers are with your family and will continue.

LD
$100
Lora Duram
44 months ago

Our love, hugs and prayers are with you. Lora, Andy, Morgan & Mya

CA
$50
Cindy Autry
44 months ago

Becky, our hearts go out to you and your family. You all are in our hearts and prayers.

JV
$250
Josue Valeriano
44 months ago

Our heartfelt condolences from the family of Josue Valeriano.

MK
$100
Molly Keegan
44 months ago

I give you this one thought to keep - I am with you still - I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awake in the morning's hush I am the swift, uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not think of me as gone - I am with you still - in each new dawn.

BF
$100
Bill Falvey
44 months ago

Weston was one of the first persons my son Danny met when he first arrived at ECU. They became fraternity brothers, roomates and close friends while at ECU. Danny told me Weston was the nicest person he has ever met. I never got the chance to meet Weston but I wish I had. The comments from so many people Weston touched are filled with love and speak to a truly remarkable young man. My heart goes out to you and your loved ones.

TF
$50
The Fulk Family
44 months ago

Grateful to have met you. Heartbroken at your passing. You are all of our sons. More good lost to this world. Help put peace in the hearts of your mother, father, brothers and "brothers".

CD
$200
Cheryl Doninger
44 months ago

My son Dexter Garner became friends with Weston when they worked at the soccer facility on Davis Dr as coaches for the Little Kickers (kids 3 and up) when they were 16/17. They decided to room together freshman year at ECU, became fraternity brothers and best of friends for the past 6+ years. We will miss Weston every day and hope this contribution helps ease his family's pain in some small way.

EC
$25
Earl Church
44 months ago

Earl &Carolyn Church of Sanford,N.C.

CM
$20
Cate Morton
44 months ago

A day won't go by that I don't think of you, Weston. You meant more to me than you'll ever know. I'll see you on the other side, sweet boy. Rest easy.

Wayne Vandemerwe
44 months ago

Becky, Colin, Gavin and I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to show their love and support for our family. Weston, we love and miss you.

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Gene Ellefson
44 months ago

Weston, I know you are in a better place now....I did not know you but you were a friend of my youngest son, Darren. Darren told me that you were a wonderful guy, a good friend, and dedicated to your family. Tears flow now, as I write these words to you....I am so sorry that your life was so short....the world needs so many good people like yourself...it is filled with so much evil and wrong-doers, that it needs people like you to lift us all up. I am not feeling sad for you....I am sure that the Lord has great things for you ahead....but I am sad for your family and the rest of us....I know that Darren was heartbroken at the news of your passing....he like you, has a heart that is still young and a little naive, but the innocent heart that feels the pain of loss even more than those of us who have grown to be so cynical in this imperfect world. You were just beginning to flourish and use your talents and strengths that were blessings from God. The world would have been so much better with you in it. I will pray for your family and your friends....your senseless loss and not knowing how you really passed must be so painful for them. I am sorry that you died all alone and with so many dreams and goals not yet realized. I know that those who knew you will continue to offer prayers for you...and your loved ones. I ask that you do the same for us as we go on in this world. Please pray for your family that they may be strengthened. Pray for your friends that they may learn about the fragility of life, how it can be so boistrous one moment and then over the next. Pray that they use your passing as a reminder to enjoy life and life's blessings and to focus on what is important...faith, family, friends. I pray that one day you and I will meet each other, and you will maybe offer me the kiss of peace as I join you in the loving company of the faithful. May God bless you and welcome you into His kingdom.

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