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Tuesday, May 31, 2016


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.
Let 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.


Images Animated Gif said...

Have a great week!

Geo. said...

A kind and sensitively written obituary. It will help those who love Jeremiah as they begin to feel the future again.

Elephant's Child said...

A truly beautiful tribute. For a man who sounded creative to the core. Despite his difficulties.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

How brave of the family to write such a beautiful and truthful obituary. May their words help others whose loved ones are going through this heartbreaking epidemic that takes too many young lives.

Austan said...

His father, Joe, wrote the obit. It's the most truthful, brave and love-filled tribute I've ever read. I'm grieving with the Cromptons and our whole community. I wish Jeremiah knew how well he was loved but I don't think it would have made a difference. He was in so much pain, such a tortured soul. We hope he's playing music with John Lennon, and is happy at last.

julie d said...

My deepest condolences to Joe, Carol and family for your loss, and to Jeremiah who tried his best to find his way.

klahanie said...

Hi Laura,

How tragic. Jeremiah, another tortured soul who had so much talent and yet, a lot of underlying pain.

He obviously touched many. I extend my sympathies to his family. His father showed much bravery in being able to formulate the obituary.

Mental illness has a far-reaching ripple effect. More understanding and the eradication of the stigma surrounding mental health, is a hope I wish realised.

In peace, your friend,

Gary x

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

How heart-breaking. It took a lot of love for his father to write such a raw honest obituary. I hope Jeremiah is at peace now. Unfortunately, it will take a lot longer for those who loved him and his family to find peace. Such a sad story, and there are way too many others just like it happening every day.

Take care, kiddo.