Memorial website in the memory of your loved one

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Johnathon Madden who was born in Canada on May 11, 1991 and passed away on November 25, 2003 at the age of 12. We will remember him forever. I would like for the whole world to know about my wonderfull son.I wish i could tell  everyone of his kindness and goodness. I would like to build a memorial to him that would last for generations and make the world better; as he did for me. I can plant a tree or design a web site but i can also share his goodness with the world in everyday ways. When i have a particulary difficult task ahead of me i offer my effort as a prayerful  tribute and memorial to my wonderful son john  and as a prayer offering for his eternal   happiness. I find  that i do a better job on the tasks that i do  quietly do in his name. Somtimes this kind of prayer in action makes the task easier too. John was born may11 in 1991 i will always remember that day it was a saturday the day before mothers day what better  mothers day gift could  you ask for a healthy baby boy so  tiny so warm and full of life all seven pounds and  eleven ounces of him he didnt sleep much it seemed then  i did not get much sleep back then for the first two years he always wanted to sleep with me yes i did spoil him that way but god  knows i would do anything to  go back and never sleep again just to hold.him again and be able to smile and laugh together again .John was taken too soon  but  as a parent any time is to soon you never imagine your own child  passing on before you it is the abssoult worst thing to happen to a parent. john you are allways on my mind and forever in my heart. i love you and forever miss you  love mommy. 



Please do not make this your only visit to this site it has been a very emotional time for us right now but we will soon be adding more pictures and things made and written by Johnathon as this now is only a small piece of who our beautiful angel is. Thank you.



I would just like to thank everyone for their support and helping us to memorialize who Johnathon really is and was. I would like to share a few words for everyone who never had the chance to know what a wonderful person he was. He was a loving child who always was finding ways to show us how much he loved us. He was a regular little boy who loved adventure and playing outdoors and was always smileing and playing with his many friends. His heart was filled with so much love and he was always worrying and caring about others before himself. He was a wonderful son who was truely a gift from god. I know it is hard for everyone to understand what I am going through and I know it's hard for people to understand my willing to want to work on forgiving and helping my older son to realize the serious nature of the crime he has committed. I loved and still do love both my boys because they are such a huge part of of me and my heart breaks in two ways one half for each of them and I miss them both very much. And  I feel and know that Johnathon  is with me and wants me to be strong and is giving me the strength and capability of forgivness because he loved Kevin so much.

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The Broken Chain  
 We little knew that morning, that God
was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly
                                   In death we do the same.                                     

It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you,
                         the day God called you home.                              

You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide;
and though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same;
but as GOD calls us one by one,
The Chain will link again.

~author unknown~

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Tributes and Condolences
Sweet dreams, Little Angel   / Tina Durant (Mother's Friend )
Joanne, even though we don't talk or see each other very often, I think about you every day. I won't pretend to know what you have been through, but I do know my heart aches for you, and with you. Your Little Angel is now watching over you, and as ...  Continue >>
I will never forget you.   / Majok Ater (Friend and classmate )
Johnathan's sudden death has left a deep scar in our hearts, until today I'm still hurt that a young soul was taken away too soon. Johnathan was a special person no words are really adequate. He brought pleasure to everyone who knew him, and he is sa...  Continue >>
May God bless all of you   / Margie Hawkinws
Hello, I would like to offer my prayers to all of you.  May God bless your family with His love and guidance in healing and pain.  My prayers are for all of you and I pray that Kevin finds the help he needs.  May God touch both of you...  Continue >>
Hoping the passage of time has been healing to you   / Marianne Richards
Looking through John's photos is like looking at my own son's pictures.  Naps with Kitty, big trucks, the baby walker, swing, and getting into mischief in the cabinets!  Such a beautiful perfect child, you were so blessed to have him for th...  Continue >>
I'm sorry for your loss   / Jessica Robin
I came across this page by accident on google and felt compelled to read about Jonathon's passing. I'm very moved by your words on this website and I felt you should know that his life is continuing to have an affect on people miles and years away. ...  Continue >>
missing you  / Pamela Putnins (Friend)    Read >>
Thinking Of You  / Janeane Bricker (another very sad mother )    Read >>
My blessings and prayers for Joanne and her family  / Kelly Mackin (none)    Read >>
Never forget  / Kelly Robinson (Family Friend )    Read >>
Remembering a Friend  / Cathy Brandow (Friend of Family )    Read >>
Hello / Sue     Read >>
A Mother's Loss  / Kym Rempel (Cousin - by marriage )    Read >>
Missing you  / Pamela Putnins(nee Robinson) (Famliy)    Read >>
God's Brightest Star!  / Dorrie Douglas (none)    Read >>
My sympathies  / Victoria Rockett     Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
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His legacy
This is the beautiful eulogy written and read by Johnathons uncle Frank for his funeral.  

Hi my name is Frank, and I am Johnathan’s Uncle. I have here in my hand a gift to share with everyone, but first I just want to say a few things to you. First I have been a very, very confused, weakened and saddened man for this past week or so. But you know what? Out of confusion there comes clarity, out of weakness there comes strength, out of saddness there comes joy, and these things are true to me.


You see I just kept on asking my self why this happened to poor little Johnathan, what was the answer to this question? I thought to myself, c’mon Frank you’re a smart guy why can’t you answer why, why, why? Then all of a sudden it came to me, change the question and then you will find the answer, so that is what I did. I stopped asking why, why why? I started saying, just like all of you here have been asking yourselves, what, what what? What could I do about what happened to poor little Johnathan


Oh and this felt good because the answer to this question came easily and was so, so simple. Mother Mary of God she knows the answer, Buddha he knew the answer, Mohammed he knew too, so did Mahtma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, and Jesus too. Gitchie Manitou knows. My friend John Lennon he knew the answer, so of course do all of you know the answer—"LOVE IS THE ANSWER, YES IS SURRENDER AND YOU KNOW THAT AS WELL AS I". 

So you see by changing the question I now know the answer, I know why this happened to Johnathan now. It is so we can become better people in this church, in this city, on this earth. Johnathan gave us his young life so we could all love each other just a little more, just a little better, so let’s not let him down okay. Let’s make the world a better place from this moment on, okay for Johnathan.

Now I have to tell you one more thing, you see my gift here in my hands, is a gift of words, just words all put together to say something to you today, but I did not make these words, that’s why these words are magic. What I am going to read to you next are magic words, because my fingers typed them, and the words echoed through my mind, yes but angels helped me. One angel of course we all know who he is, he wrote these words. He wrote them with how he lived his life. And he told me something else too. He said tell everyone that today it is very okay to be sad, sad, sad, but he said you know it is also very, very okay to be happy, happy happy. Because you know he said, "Saddness is only the cup that holds all the joy in this world", so he said "Frank when you read this today, when you read my life out today to all the people in the church today, you be happy okay Uncle Frank? So I thought to myself when angels tell you something you better listen to them. So yes its okay to be sad, but now I give you these happy words, this gift of love from Johnathan to all of you, be happy for awhile its okay. 

SO HERE IT GOES A MESSAGE FROM AN ANGEL, LISTEN



                                      


 Johnathan


Dear Everyone,


Please don’t remember me - only - for the last few minutes of my life. That would not be fair- my life was so much more than only those minutes No, remember me in Spring , when the flowers poke gently through the warm soil kissed by the yellow sun. For are not children but blossoming humanity born into soft and lively springtime?
 
Remember me when I was born, you gathered round me to say, "Oh, oh!he’s so beautiful, so perfect!"

Remember my first bath, my first bite of solid food, my first steps

Remember these things. Think of my warm, snug cuddly pajamas when you think of me for these things are true of me, and real.

Remember the great big goofy Easter Bunny who left me eggs filled with chocolate and my face got dirty and my stomach hurt, remember Easter time and resurrection

In spring time we should remember our mothers. 

I remember mine. Think of her when you think of me,my hard working selfless mother who loved me all of the time.
Remember me for my mother

Think of puppy dogs and cute fluffy kittens

Think of me holding hands with my dad and he bought me an ice-cream cone and it fell off the cone and I smiled cause my dad bought me a new one.

No, life is more than just a few brief minutes

Think of me in the summer. Summer is for the kingdom of childhood. And this place of happiness I will not leave Now and forever.

Remember me in the summer on the last day of school, running through the doors with all my friends into warm lush sunshine.

Think of me throwing rocks into the blue, blue lake to watch them splash loudly over and over and just one more time throw a rock into still blue water for me.

Please remember me laughing with glee at the fun fairs and amusement parks I went to. Round and round and upside down, up and roaring down on roller coasters having fun, go there sometime and have fun and think of me amid the bright lights of the midway

Think of me when you eat a hot fudge brownie delight at the dairy queen in the heat of muggy Toronto’s hot summertime.

Remember when you would say hello to me and I would simply smile my summer shine smile I had for all seasons that’s how I’d say hello by smiling.

Think of me in autumn time when the trees before they go to sleep burst into awesome colour the autumn leaves are falling and I kick through them with my best friend in the bright red yellow orange valley of trees

Think of me on halloween night , full of fright but really full of candy.

Think of me when you hear Beethoven, his music relaxed me, calmed me, and made me feel good. Think of this and let music relax you, let it make you feel okay.


Think of me up in heaven with my Uncle Luke, he plays flute beautifully and now he plays Beethoven for me.

Remember me and Rolston and all of my friends at the huge big gigantic totally awesome wrestling match! NOW THAT WAS FUN! YES! Yes, I would say when I was happy, YES!, remember this and you remember me.

Remember me when you smells tacos, and curried chicken acooking, and sheperds pie abaking, grilled cheese agrilling, saltfish, boiling, and then frying up nicely. My favourites and boy I could eat!

Remember this.

Think of me when you see Miss Frizzle on the magic school bus and I will be with you, I will.

Think of me wholly--for my life is not only seconds in an hourglass.

No, no, don’t think of only those last few minutes, there are too many million more to hold onto if you think of me In winter do not think of me as cold and lifeless when the first snow falls and the world turns wonderfully white

Think of me in full flight racing down the hill on my official, professional GT snow racer. When winter storms gather and cover the frozen earth with blankets of white, think of me then, For I am innocent.

Think of the Santa Claus parade and all the bands and the upside down clowns, and the loving, yet alive person who brought me there.

Think of Rolston and remember me, we were joined together, in a loving caring bond, with my mom too, think of us three, and remember me.

Think of me on Christmas with presents under the tree lights sparkling, the pine smells so nice and so effortlessly brings me joy--think of my little small toes wearing slippers and I got just what I asked for-this year, thanks firefighters, remember how I smiled, when you gave us money for presents cause our house had a fire.

Think of brave and loving firefighters, and remember me.

Do not forget the courageous police officers when they sped off to my house to keep me safe. They risked their lives to protect mine. They are hurting very much now, those brave officers, they are all torn up inside now. They tried their very best - know this - do not forget them and then you remember me

Yes, yes think of me in winter, on snowy days, when thick fluffy flakes float and dance behind my window pane, snowflakes dancing in the light of the street lights in front of my warm and cozy Toronto house, think of me on snowy days when the whole world is magic, and not so tragic watching TV happily on cold winter days think of me then.


Remember me when you see two children lounging and laughing in front of silly video games I am there smiling too

Remember do. I was a funny guy you know I always made all my friends laugh, all the time. Humour was my gift, think of me when you see funny things, there’s lots of funny things around still; laugh at them, laugh for me, and then you remember me truly, cause I am a funny guy right now, and I make angels laugh


Remember me when the big round basketball drops through the big round hoop, almost silently, but for the swish sound of the mesh under the hoop, and me saying, Yes!

Remember, that’s what I’d always say when I was too happy, I loved basketball. Yes! I’d say when I found out I was going to meet the Toronto Raptors, think of me when you see basketball, and lacrosse, I loved the Rock, I have autographed balls from the players, remember me when you see young boys and girls collecting autographs from their childhood heroes. I have Alvin William’s autographed jersery. Yes! I would have said if I had of got it before those last few minutes, cause I only got it afterwards, but up here in heaven I know its mine, yes! Yes! I said when my parents told me they were taking me to Jamacia to meet my family there, Yes! I would even say if we were having curried chicken for dinner again. I had a very happy life, please remember this. Think of yes when you remember me think of love, okay?

Think of me in all seasons but remember that life itself, like the second hand on a clock moves quickly

Life is fleeting and you too will be with me soon. I wait for you smiling In your lives remember childhood, remember that I lived and breathed happiness and smiled as I smile now, Yes! Okay, YES!

Remember do My sister My friends, my cousins, my Aunts, my Uncles, and all my relations.

Think of all children and all their relations, when you remember me.

My best friend, my other friends, my classmates, my teachers, and my school principal, Know this--I am in heaven with my Nana and she takes care of me now


Remember a grandmother’s love is beautiful and all mine now, know this is true, and my Uncle Luke, and all my other family members gather round me in heaven and give me hugs and kisses, remember this, when you think of me today, and tomorrow, and forever more And my friends and all my loved ones take care of each other as you cared for me. No, no dear everyone, minutes are only small pieces of my life, my light, my gift to you when living,

Remember this please.

Take care of each other okay, and mom, oh mom, mommy, and Rolston too

Remember always I love you!

Your angel in heaven,

Johnathan Robert Madden.




Heaven’s Light

Sometimes things happen that are not right, sometimes people block heaven’s light, but that night something went on, my cousin was killed his name is John.
Although he is an angel in heaven’s sky, he lives in my heart,he did not die.

By Conor (Johnathon's cousin)





 
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