Fast Eddy passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014. He was age 57.
"They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies."
Eddy Pierre-Jerome was born November 24, 1956 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was the second of three children born to Gerald and Gabrielle Pierre-Jerome, younger brother to Yardley and older brother to Frantz.
The Pierre-Jerome family moved to Zion, Illinois when Eddy was three years old. As a youth he was passionate and active pursuing activities he enjoyed...a characteristic that would prove to animate all of his life. he was involved in buy scouts, ran track and played football. After graduating from Carmel High School in Mundelein, Illinois, he went on to receive a bachelor of arts in Biological Science from Southern Illinois University in 1980.
At that point he made a daring decision to attend dental school in Tamaulipas, Mexico. It was here he met a fellow dental student, Margarita, who later became his wife of fifteen years, and mother to his four daughters: Erika, Edith, Melissa, and Cassandra.
In 1985, having just completed dental school and eager to support his growing family, he returned to the United States and joined the Navy. In addition to rising from enlisted to Officer, he also obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School in 1997. In 2000, after fifteen years of service, he retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant.
Eddy kept active in his retirement years. Along with working at the VA, he continued to be a loving father, a devoted son, a partner and friend. He was a Senior Olympics competitor...winning bronze, silver, and gold throughout his Olympic career. He was a nature lover, a kayaker, a nationwide flea market enthusiast, an animal lover, an antique vehicle collector...the girls have memories of him camping in his 1973 VW bus. And, of course, he was a vintage dirt bike racer. Eddy was a lover of motorbikes: he had his first motorcycle before he had a car.
His active passion showed up as it did in the rest of his life: despite the circumstances - bike failing, weather conditions, accidents...Eddy persevered...he always finished a race even when his bike didn't.
He was truly a free spirit, always giving all he could to his daughters but also to those around him. His generosity and selflessness attracted friends in any project, sport, or activity he engaged in. He was enthusiastic about life. Words cannot capture how absolutely supportive and proud of his daughters he was, and continues to be, in all aspects of their lives.
It is with heavy hearts we say "Goodbye" to Eddy: son, father, friend, and partner. Yet with faithful hearts we continue to feel him near, showing up as always, yet in different ways. With all our love, we say "Goodbye"...for now...until we meet again.
( Narrated by daughter Erika in this video )
March 6 2014 - Military Honors
Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, California 92122
Sweetwater Park, 3218 Summit Meadow Road, Bonita, California 91902
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