Jeremiah Eliot Moody Crompton
Jeremiah Crompton, son of Joseph and Carole (Moody) Crompton of Brattleboro, ended his own life early Sunday morning.
His death followed years of frustration, sorrow, rage, fear, boredom,
delusion and pain interspersed with times of brilliance and amazing
humor. Jeremiah attended Morningsong School in Putney, Canal/Oak
Grove School, Neighborhood Schoolhouse, BAMS and BUHS. His gifts were
musical and literary and he was also a sensitive visual artist. His
unique voice was always evident in everything he created. He wrote good
songs from the age of 9 and enjoyed busking for money in his tween
years. School friends remember him as a witty class clown.
Diagnosed in 3rd grade with NonVerbal Learning Disorder, he was,
nevertheless, found ineligible for special education services. In high
school he was again tested and found to have Asperger’s Syndrome or High
Functioning Autism. Jeremiah never accepted this diagnosis and
consistently refused medical, therapeutic, social and vocational
assistance for the challenges he faced.
In withdrawal from
prescribed opiates after a boating accident in 2005, Jeremiah soon
became addicted to heroin. He struggled with the effects of this and
other dangerous drugs for the rest of his life.
His memory will
be cherished by his parents, his sisters Phoebe Crompton-Tidd of
Brattleboro and Willow Broaddus of Rochester, VT and his cousins, Ahdi
Pillar, Frances and Alex Elliot, Justin Thompson and Bryan, Rachel and
Katy Lane and his beloved niece and nephews: Lila Tadlock, Roclin Harris
and Parker Tidd. He also leaves many aunts and uncles: Nancy Crompton
of Brattleboro, Trisha Lane of Chula Vista, CA, Carrie Crompton and
George Elliott of Andover, CT, Cate Crompton and Jim Beers of
Newburyport, MA, and Sam Crompton and Charlotte Tabakin of Hadley, MA.
The family extends deepest thanks to all who helped Jeremiah, deepest
apologies to any he hurt, and deepest sympathy to all who will miss him.
A Celebration of Jeremiah’s life will be held at the Guilford
Community Church on Bee Barn Road in Guilford, at 11 am on Thursday,
June 2, 2016.
Donations in Jeremiah’s memory may be made to Families First, which
tried to help him manage his final days, and to the Neighborhood
Schoolhouse where Jeremiah spent his happiest years.
Jeremiah’s life remind us that the “safety net” for those who suffer
from mental illness, especially those with a dual diagnosis needs
substantial weaving and mending.