Jeremy A. Quezada
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Jeremy A. Quezada, 27, died at his home in Boston, Massachusetts on January 13, 2012. He was born on October 16, 1984 in Erie, Pa. He was the beloved son of Julio and Christine Quezada of Erie. Jeremy took great joy in bringing his love of music to all he met. He began playing guitar with his father at a young age, and they formed local Latin jazz band, Mambo. He was known as "Fuego" for his fiery passion on the guitar. He shared his passion for music with his brother Justin. He was a creative artist and musician. He loved to cook and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, running, and biking. He brought tremendous joy to his family and friends, and will be remembered for his beautiful spirit. Jeremy attended Saint George School and graduated from Mercyhurst Preparatory School in 2003. Following graduation, Jeremy traveled to Chile to spend time with his extended family there. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego, California. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Justin Quezada and his girlfriend Audreydale Arnaldo of San Diego; Scott Quezada and his wife Sarah of Erie; and his sister Jennifer Ongley and husband Pat of Pleasantville; nieces and nephews: Isabella, Ethan, Hazel, and Lane. Maternal grandparents: Katherine Drzewiecki and Andrew Drzewiecki. Paternal grandparents: Julio and Bernarda Quezada. Aunts and uncles: Cheryl and Gerry Kennedy, Terri and Chuck Witherell, Mike and Marcia Drzewiecki, Phil Drzewiecki, Pamela and Wesley Richards, Ricardo Quezada, Luis and Nidia Quezada. Cousins: Jennifer, Nichole, John, Ben, Sara, Alex, Sean, Caleb, Luke, Michael, Robbie, Paul, Danny, Hannah, Jacob, Megan, Amanda, Luchito, Diego, Lisa, Gonzolo, and Matias. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, on Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are invited to services there on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to the family in care of the funeral home or to The Ophelia Project, 718 Nevada Drive, Erie, PA 16505 or the Multi-Cultural Community Resource Center, 554 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16503. To sign the Book of Memories please visit

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Published in Erie Times-News on Jan. 19, 2012.
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January 30, 2012
Julio, estas en nuestras oraciones...
Pastor Ruben Claudio & familia
Rev, Ruben Claudio
January 27, 2012
Dearest Chris, Julio, Justin....
Please know there are no words.. only Jeremy's music, smile and warmth...which we will always remember. Our prayers are for him and with you....always.
Jim Gandolfo
January 26, 2012
Chris and Julio. I have a picture of Jeremy and my son, Aaron on the beach at Raccoon Park from July 16, 1989. They were 4 and 3 years old. We were attending a picnic with friends from our work. I remember the day well because I was 3 months pregnant and became ill while there and later miscarried. Chris you showed such concern and took care of my son. I can understand what people are saying about Jeremy and wish I had known him as he grew. He had an excellent role model in his Mother. Please know that my heart breaks for you and your family in the loss of your beloved son. You ALL hold a special place in my heart.
Carol MacWhirter
January 25, 2012
Jeremy's life was a candle too early extinguished. He brought a light everywhere he went. I feel privileged to have had him as a cousin and a friend. He will be forever missed.
Krista Mikula
January 23, 2012
Julio,Chris,and Family, I can only imagine the sorrow you must be feeling.Jeremy was such a beautiful, young man with an equally beautiful spirit. He would fill Papermoon with joy and excitement when he played his guitar.He will be missed but always remembered. Ginny Rogers
Ginny Rogers
January 22, 2012
Quezada family, we are so sorry for your loss. We will always have great memories of Jeremy, he was truly a stand out, and a nice and friendly young man.
John and Mary Lou McCall
January 22, 2012
My condolences to the Quezada Family. I went to MPS with Jeremy and always enjoyed talking to him. He was always so nice and such a positive person. I don't think there was ever a day I didn't see a smile on his face. He was a great guy and will definitely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Michelle Munksgard
January 21, 2012
Julio,Christine y la familia,
No hay palabras para expresar nuestros sentimientos.Muy Triste.Lo siento,Lo siento.
Jesse and Ricardo Jesse and Ricardo
January 21, 2012
Chris and Julio, Words cannot express the sorrow in my heart for you. You have lost your beloved son and no one can fully understand that pain, but you. I have a picture of Jeremy with my son at Raccoon Park when we were there for a picnic with work people. Jeremy was 4 and Aaron was 3 and they were playing together on the beach. I was 3 months pregnant that day and began feeling ill and later miscarried. Chris you took care of my son and showed such concern for me. I look at that picture of Jeremy and remember how kind his mother was to me that day. I wish I could return the favor, but can only tell you that you are in my prayers and Jeremy is with God in a special way now. I remember him as a toddler and wish I had known him in later years. As I read others comments on how good a person he turned into, I am not surprised. He had wonderful role models.
God Bless you, Chris and your family!
January 21, 2012
I remember taking racquetball lessons with him over at Pennbriar. Jeremy was always really nice to everybody and had a great personality. My heart goes out to Julio and his family. I am really sorry about your loss.
Jeffrey Lander
January 21, 2012
Julio, I always enjoyed your music with Jeremy. He will be missed. My condolences to you and your family.
Marty O'Connor
January 20, 2012
Julio, You and your family have my deepest sorrow. Jeremy was a great persona. I will light a candle for all of you. My prayers are with you.
Aubrey Dillon
January 20, 2012
Julio, Christ and Justin...we were so sorry to hear about Jeremy. We all have so many wonderful memories of him from St. George's and the old neighborhood. He was such a wonderful boy and young man. We know how proud you must have been of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Jerry and Patty Lightner
January 20, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss!!! Jeremy was a Beautiful spirit that made you just smile whenever you saw him!! He will live on in the many hearts he has touched! God bless!!!
Brigid Hayes-Spada
January 20, 2012
January 20, 2012
To Chris and the entire Quezada family: I am so very sorry for the loss of such a bright and kind person. I wish you strength and peace.
Melissa (Newell) Reynolds
January 20, 2012
Julio: Our condolences on your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
Jim & Karla Koenig
Jim Koenig
January 20, 2012
Julio, Chris and Justin,

You have my deepest sympathy on Jeremy's passing. I can't begin to imagine the grief you are feeling at this time.

Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob Amendola
January 20, 2012
Chris & Julio,

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. I remember when I met him 20+ years ago what a cute little boy he was and then when I would see him playing his music at Papermoon years later what a beautiful man he grew up to be. May happy memories comfort you.
Carolyn Fearon
January 20, 2012
My condolences for the Quezada family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of need. He will truly be missed by many:'0(
January 20, 2012
Every once in a while musicians are awakened to the sometimes uncomfortable realization that it's time to make room for younger talent. Upon meeting and getting to know Jeremy, I quickly became aware of his warmth, sincerity, creativity, generosity of spirit, and, not least, his ease of expressing these with guitars and drums. Jeremy will continue to be an inspiration for my music and my life.
Sheldon Peterson
January 20, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Harry & Cindy Dunn
Harry Dunn
January 20, 2012
My heart goes out to all of Jeremy's loved ones. I only got to know him recently, but he had a true warmth about him and a kind spirit. I feel blessed to have heard him play music -- he was such a talented guy.
Kate Devokaitis
January 20, 2012
I went to high school with Jeremy, and one of my fondest memories of him was when he played the national anthem on his electric guitar for the entire high school in the gymnasium. I also remembered him being a very nice guy. He always went out of his way to say hello, even though he didn't know me all too well. I miss him, and will miss hearing about him from time to time.
Kevin Bojewski
January 19, 2012
There's are words. Just sorrow. I dropped to my knees and prayed for the first time in years. This world will never be the same.
Nicki Shallop
January 19, 2012
I am so truly sorry for your loss. I went to MPS with Jeremy and he was such a wonderful guy, always a warm smile, and so very talented. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I am so sorry.
Laura Allen
January 19, 2012
Julio and Family; You have my deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Jeremy; my prays are with you.
January 19, 2012
Julio and your wife,
I remember Jeremy when he was young and played raquetball with my son (Brock Allen) at Pennbriar. WHat a beautiful child. The last time I saw him is when he was a senior a Mercyhurst Prep. He was so you Julio.
What talent.. I'm so sad for you loss and know that you must be going through hell right now.. I hope that you find peace in knowing that Jeremy is with the Lord.... You are in my prayers...
Rebecca Allen
Rebecca Allen
January 19, 2012
My sympathies and condolences to the Quezada family, I'm sorry for your loss. Jeremy will be missed by all those he touched. He was a good friend, a special musician and a great person. His neighborhood friends and I are at a loss and I have your family in my thoughts. I'm so deeply sorry.
Jonathan Smith
January 19, 2012
It was just last week that I was reviewing photos of my husbands surprise 50th party and looking @ pics of Mambo. I didn't know Jeremy well but indeed was wowed by his handsome presence and beautiful smile. We send our greatest sympathy and will hold all of you in our prayers. The Parr-Plasha Family
January 19, 2012
So sorry for your loss julio. Can't imagine what you and your wife are going thru.. Roger and Cheryl Hawk
roger hawk
January 19, 2012
I had Jeremy in English class at Mercyhurst Prep and enjoyed his spirit and friendliness to all. In addition I admired his passion for music. I can only imagine your sorrow; may God give you comfort and the support of all those who love Jeremy and your family. Marge Burchard
January 19, 2012
I met beautiful Jeremy when I began sitting in as a vocalist with Mambo a number of years ago. I will never forget that million-dollar smile, his sweet personality and his talent. I have no doubt that Jeremy's precious spirit will echo in every note his musician friends and family play, always. Julio, Chris, Justin and family: I cannot begin to relate to or imagine what you are feeling at this moment; I only hope you can somehow feel the proufound love we are all sending out to you.
Monica Lewis
January 19, 2012
I want to extend my deepest condolences to the Quezada family and all of those he was close to. I had the honor and pleasure of playing music with Jeremy over the past few months; he was a kind and humble person, and a talented musician. He will be greatly missed.
Marc Devokaitis
January 19, 2012
Julio y Familia
Los acompano en sus sentimientos en este doloroso tiempo para ustedes. Le pido al Nuestro Senor que los acompane, los bendiga y les de fortaleza. Tu Amigo, Jimmy Montero y familia
Jimmy Montero
January 19, 2012
Our deepest condolences to the Quezada family and the extended Mambo family. We are sorry for your loss. Jeremy will be missed by all who knew him.
The staff at World Of Music
January 19, 2012
I am very sorry about your loss. I had the privilege to know Jeremy during high school and he was an amazing guy. God bless your family.
Katie Davison
January 19, 2012
Dear Juilo and family,
Our sincerest condolences.
George and Linda Misevski
Linda Misevski
January 19, 2012
I always remembered him with a beautiful smile on his face at local Erie bars. A kind spirit. My deepest sympathy to everyone who had loved him.
V Krawiec
January 19, 2012
My condolences to the Quezada famiy. With our deepest sympathy. Debra and Ron Hoke (Simpsonvlle, SC.)
January 19, 2012
To the Quezada Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jeremy was a wonderful person, he brighten every room he entered. He will be truly missed. I will be keeping your family and Jeremy in my thoughts and prayers.
Erin Olson
January 19, 2012
Quezada Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I always hold special the memories of Mambo and the passion Jeremy had for music at the Papermoon.
Brandon Minnick
January 19, 2012
I'm so sorry for what you are going through. My prayers are with all of you. May God Bless you all during this time.
Maria Carano
January 19, 2012
To the Quezada Family:
I am so sorry for your loss of Jeremy. He was a wonderful person, and a good friend to my brother, Jonny. I will keep your family and Jeremy in my thoughts and prayers.
Katie Billingsley-Carmassi
January 19, 2012
Julio & Christine please accept our condolences on the loss of your son. He truly was a gifted musician, what a loss to the music world.
George & Stephanie
George Shaw
January 19, 2012
I pray God bless and comfort you Julio, Chris and your entire family during this time. God's promise to us is Eternal Life.
Ken Norfolk
January 19, 2012
Quezada family:
I am sorry to hear about your loss. Jeremy was a wonderful soul and he will be missed by many. Please accept my deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. Jeremy
Lindsey Shatto
January 19, 2012
We are sorry for your great loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. My daughter went to school with Jeremy at Mercyhurst Prep and considered him a friend. Stephanie appreciated his musical talent and welcoming disposition. While they were in high school, Jeremy had asked Stephanie to make him a guitar strap out of turned out very nicely. Stephanie is currently in Northern California and will be unable to pay her respects in person, so she asked my son and myself to go to the funeral home on her behalf. We are so very sorry for your loss, The Schneider Family
January 19, 2012
Scott and Family,

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Lesli and your friends at South One Supply
Lesli Dart
January 19, 2012
I'm so very sorry to hear about the loss of Jeremy. He was such a great guy and I have very fond memories of him from hanging out with everyone, going to Semi-formal together, to watching him play his guitar so beautifully. He will be missed greatly.
Stephanie Moryc
January 19, 2012
Julio and family, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jeff Biletnikoff
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