Jesse grew up without a father, but with our crazy, loving mother Kolleen. He endured undue hardships which led to addiction problems at a very young age. He was displaced, put in group homes, and never found a place to stay for more than a few years.
Despite the cruelty life dealt him, Jesse never stopped expressing kindness. Every homeless person we passed, he started a conversation and offered them humanity. Every sad or angry stranger we encountered, he offered perspective instead of prejudice. His life was hard, but to those around him he gave light, love, and crippling laughter.
Jesse passed away on July 31st, 2018, barely over six years since our mother Kolleen committed suicide.
His siblings, Kira, Sarah, and Myself, have been struggling for years with the loss of our mother. Now, with Jesse gone, we've lost half our family. We're devastated.
Upon hearing the news of his passing, the amount of love that flooded our inboxes and presence was overwhelming (to say the least). The evidence is beyond clear that Jesse was a blessing on this Earth and that everyone who had the opportunity to know him would like to help us in some way. In the words of his best friend and roommate Ron, "If love could have kept him here, he'd have been here forever."
The most obnoxious burden of this tragedy is the money. If you'd like to help the Foley family get through this, donating would allow us to focus on grieving. With the help of generous family members, we have already covered half the cost of the service and we're waiting to hear if the state will cover the rest. If the state can't, the $800 will put us over three-quarters of the way. If the state can, we'll be compensating the family member that has helped us the most so far (thank you Melissa).
If we exceed $800, all remaining proceeds will first go to the remainder of the service costs, and then the rest shall be donated to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH), a charity we believe Jesse would support.
If you're unable to donate, we ask that you share this page, share his story, or simply remind a loved one how you feel about them. Jesse will be sorely missed - we're still processing how we'll move on without him.
Love you, big brother.
-Kira, Johnny, Sarah, and the rest of the Foley Family
- Abby Flatow
- Harrison Prak
- Anonymous Anonymous
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- Mark Tavares
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