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Jay Crews
Born in Virginia
45 years
Family Tree
Memorial Book
Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.Gloria Steinem

This memorial website was created to remember James P. Crews who was born  on December 23, 1960 and passed away on March 31, 2006 at the age of 45 after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.

This site was set up as a place for family and friends to celebrate Jay's life and leave thoughts, comments or stories. Please light a candle and visit the picture gallery and video sections.

Memorial at Sea

Friday April 21, 2006 Kevin, Jesse and his wife Madeline, myself and Captain Art Windsor boarded the Tribute at 9:00 am at Redondo Beach, California for the cruise out of the harbor into the Pacific Ocean for Jay's service and final resting place.

The captain who has offered these services since 1965, kindly explained before departing what to expect, to make us more comfortable. A basket containing Jay's ashes covered with rose petals and carnations had already been carefully placed on the floor.

The hazy sky began to clear and the sun became bright as we slowly headed out to sea as if to say everything is right. A little less than two miles the captain cut the engine and we felt the calmness of the water. We had moments to share Jay's life with each other and than the captain read the familiar poem untitled by Mary Frye, "Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep."  The second poem he read was "Crossing the Bar." We said The Lords Prayer and with this Captain Art gently lowered the basket several feet into the water and as the petals rose to the surface we knew Jay had found his final resting place.

We spent moments reflecting on Jay's life as the flowers slowly drifted away. As a final farewell, the vessel "Tribute," slowly circled the area marked by the flowers.  What a beautiful farewell for a guy who's life effected so many. May you rest in peace.

Quick Gallery
Playing Little League baseball 1969 Santa Monica  pier 2002 Jay in Malibu Jay in tree Jay and his VW Bug in 1984 One of the last pictures of Jay taken at the beach Jay outside his house in Asheville, 1984 Business trip in Washington DC Jay's star in Hollywood! Jay and best German buddy, Jochen at Jay's apartment in Santa Monica Jay's 1975 school picture 1984 skiing trip