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Unbearable grief on the loss of a son and remembering treasured memories

Jonathan Gorges

Jonathan Gorges

This author gave birth to Jonathan Jason Gorges on June 25,1972 at the Weiss Memorial Hospital in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. After three years, due to severe winter weather conditions, we left the windy city and found our way settling in a warmer climate, here in Los Angeles.

“Jay Jay” as we called him was such a bundle of joy. He excelled at the Vine School Elementary School on Oakwood Street near Normandie, and at the Merced School in West Covina. While there, though he had numerous neighborhood friends, he would early on borrow our lawnmower on weekends and take his brothers, Christian and Mike around the neighborhood and they would then mow our neighbors’ lawns for a fee. He has taught his little brothers how to earn their keep and save their money. The trios’ entrepreneurship had a halt when our job was moved to the eastern part of Ventura County and we  enrolled him at the Hillside Junior High School in Simi Valley but subsequently graduated from Camarillo High School when we transferred to that city right after the Northridge earthquake.
Always the business person he was, he set up his own apparel business and moved to Reno, Nevada where his children’s parents lived. His business was flourishing for a while, but due to the recession it gradually slowed down much like a lot of businesses around.
All of us have tried encouraging him to move back near us, but he is a person who will never leave his children behind, as he tried his very best to give them everything. Not only was he a loving father, he was a very thoughtful son, who would call me out of the blue, just to see how I was doing or just to say “hello.”
He did just that last week on Sunday, November 27th, as he was excited to know that I’ll be visiting them on Friday, December 2nd but to my devastation, he will no longer taste his favorite “adobo” here, as he suddenly went with his Creator peacefully on Wednesday, November 29, 2016 at 9:00 in the evening.
As a parent, it is indeed so unbearable to lose a child, particularly during one’s waning years. To you, my dearest son, sleep well as we will all be praying for your happiness wherever you are. We, your sons Joey, Jake and daughter Alyssa, as well as your brothers, Mike and Christian, your sister Aiza, your nephews Marcus and Kayden, and niece Crystal but most of all me, your most loving mom will forever miss you. Rest in Peace, my dearest son.
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