Cameron James Patterson

Cameron James Patterson

Cameron James Patterson

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October 9, 1988 — September 15, 2007

Tina, Jimmy & Ali, our prayers are with you. The Patterson family is very dear to us. Cameron was a very special part of your lovely family.
-Rosie & Bob Maguire

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Our deepest sympathy and prayers are extended to all of the Patterson family during this difficult time .
-Michael & Cissy Locke

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Patterson Family during this time. Cameron you will be deeply missed.
-Jason and Mandy Adams

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Barbara & Johnny, My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I love you both.
-Susan Henderson

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I loved every moment raising Cameron. As he loved adventure in life, he gave me the adventure of a lifetime.
-Tina Patterson

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We love the Pattersons!

Our family stands with you in this time of grief. I share this legendary Cameron quote from a few years ago..."Ms. Jayna....don't move...I promise it does not bite!"
Love you guys. The French Family
-Evan and Jayna French

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Praying for you guys...my heart is with you, I love your family very much.
-Rudy Landa

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I never got the opportunity to meet Cameron, but I have "seen" him grow up over the years through all of the stories from Jimmy. I can't pretend to know what you are going through. I love you Jimmy and will continue to pray for you and your family through this difficult time.
-Rick Hutchinson

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Cameron was our second son. We will truly miss him. His earthly body is gone but his spirit will live on forever in our hearts and minds.
-Dawn and James Carroll

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We are proud to be part of this family, and prouder still of the faith, love and hope I continue to see everyday displayed by Tina, Jimmy & Ali....you inspire us all to be strong too. No denial that there is a big hole left in our hearts, and when we hit those low moments, we will pray for God's peace to help us through. We love you Cameron and will miss you terribly!!! Love you all forever!!! Uncle John, Aunt Jeanne, Alex, Danielle & Matthew
-John, Jeanne, Alex, Danielle & Matthew Basso

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Tina and Jimmy, my prayers are with you and your family.
-Thad Minaldi

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Words cannot express the tremendous sense of loss and compassion that I feel for Cameron's family and friends. Cameron was a true gentleman, with a refreshing sense of humor. I know he was a wonderful son and brother, and I feel honored to have met him. The Patterson's faith and strength is admirable, and I pray for Cameron, his family and friends to have continued strength and faith, now and forever.
-Jessica

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Patterson family. When we learned of Cameron's passing in Maine, our hearts sunk. This is such a tragic loss and the fear every parent has and can relate to instantly. We know every person and especially young people experience challenges. I am always saddened to hear such news and had hoped any person in such a position as Cameron's would grant themselves a few minutes to reflect. Most young people do not have tools to know how to handle these moments and only time is on their side. If only we could get the message to these young people to give themselves that one extra moment.

In Maine we had met Cameron's through his best friend Brandon Carroll. Though a brief visit, we know him to be a kind person.

Our hearts go out to the family and close friends. Please give all your kids a huge hug and tell them you love them.
-Beryl and John Cole and Family in Maine

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My heart is with your family and I wish I could have known Cameron he was obviously a very special young man. Love Ronda.
-Ronda Hardwick

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Jimmy, Tima and Ali, Liam and I Love you guys so much and we are continuing to pray for you. Cameron and your family have shown us and taught us so much love and faith that we will carry with us forever. We still love him so much. Thank you for giving us the chance to have him in our lives.
p.s. Liam is the best fisherman amongst his cub scout peers because of Cameron!
-Jennifer and Liam

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Tina, Jimmy and Ali, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. I didn't know Cameron well, but know from your stories that he was very special to you as well as to those who knew him. I know his spirit will live on forever in your hearts.
-Bernadette Welch

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Tina & Jimmy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
-Bob & Pam Nightingale

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Tina, Jimmy & Ali,

Our precious Children we Love so much. We loved Cameron with all the love Grand parents can have for their Grand Children and words can not describe how much he will be missed. He brought so much happiness into our lives, each and every time he saw us, he made us feel so special, always a "Love you", a kiss and a hug to beat all hugs!! When I ponder with the "Why Lord?" No answer seems to come, only the words in a beautiful song, "It is well with my Soul", over and over, yes indeed peace in my heart tells me it is well with Cameron's Soul, we know he is with the Lord and is no longer in pain, and that we will see him again when God calls us home. We're going to miss him, but he will never be out of our thoughts and remembrances of all the wonderful times we spent with him. He was truly a blessing sent to us from above.
-Barbara and Johnny Patterson

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Dear Jimmy, Tina and Allie:
Our hearts are with you and we wish to celebrate Cameron with you. We are here and our hearts resound with Allie's words on Wednesday, Cameron was good, oh so good! Grace and Peace,
-Janet and Steve Duensing

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Tina & Jimmy I pray that God gives you peace and comforts you during this difficult time. My prayers are with you and your entire family.
-Stacey Nettles

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What a beautiful young man to leave us so soon! I am sorry I did not know him: he clearly made a positive difference in many lives, even in his short time. I know that he made a huge difference in the lives of our friends Melanie and Shari, who will miss him terribly. They have spoken of him often in appreciation for his love, character and support. All of us at Shari's office have grieved with you all at Cameron's passing. May God's love sustain you.
-Kit Potter

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Your sorrow is not wasted. I am believing that God has already and will continue to use Cameron, his story, and his life for the Lord's ultimate glory.
My prayers will continue to be with you and your dear family. I know that you loved this son well.
-Kathy White

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Oh, my sweet, sweet boy. You will be sorely missed by so many. I am so thankful to have had you in my life. You loved my girl well and she returned that love fully. You influenced my and Melanie's life so much and with such joy and passion. The strength of your faith also touched us, especially Melanie. You will be with us always, held close in our hearts.

Jimmy, Tina, and Ali, Melanie and I love you all very much. Thank you for taking us into your family. We are here for you whenever and whatever you may need.
-Shari Stanley

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Dearest Jimmy, Tina and Ali
The loss you are experiencing is tremendous. The love you feel is overwhelming. The lives Cameron touched are forever changed. Please know that you are all loved by all of this wonderful family and friends that we have been blessed with and if there is anything you need, please know that we will be there for you.
This poem has been in my heart since Cameron went to be with the Lord and I am led to send it to you now. We love you dearly.

Miss Me -- But Let Me Go
Unknown

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little--but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me--but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me--But Let me Go!

-Marian and Rick

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Tina, Jimmy,and Ali, From the moment I heard about Cameron's death my heart has been on fire with grief for you. I have experienced the arms of Jesus in my time of deep grief, though,and I know that those strong tender arms will gather you in and hold you there until you regain the strength that He gives us to keep on walking. Rest in his arms for a while, and let the body care for you. It's a good place to be.
love, Mary Beth
-Mary Beth Shields

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Cameron, although your time here was too brief, you touched so many lives. We are all better for knowing you and forever changed because you're gone.
-Carol & Tim Duncan

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We didn't know Cameron very well, but he impressed us so much a few years ago. We were visiting at your house, sitting and eating Tina's delicious food when Cameron approached, introduced himself and then we had a nice little talk. He told us he was planning to go to college and then asked if he could get us more food and drinks. We thanked him and after he left we looked at each other and asked what 17 year old these days would be so thoughtful and kind to someone he didn't know. What a sweet and gentle boy. Our hearts and deepest sympathy go out to you and all of the Pattersons.
-Lea and Stanley Packer
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How painful and tragic! Though I can't fathom the pain you are going through, I can tell you that it is shared by many as each of us feel a part of it to! I will be praying for your family.
-Fay Cadwallader

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I am so sorry. I am praying for your entire family.
-Jodi Ebert

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Jimmy and Family, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of this news. Cameron was a pleasure to know and work with the few times I had the opportunity. I remember his quick wit and good nature the most. Please let us know if there's any way we can be of assistance in this great time of grief and need. May God's love embrace you, as it does Cameron, forever.
-David and Lacey Lewis

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Like so many here are prayers are with you and your family. You have a special family and we love you all. - Steve and Shelley + The Boys
-Steve & Shelley Bussell

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Dear Cameron, may you rest calmly in the arms of eternal peace knowing that you were truly loved.
-John Hussey

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I work for one of Mental Health America's affilates in NJ. I just visited the site for some information and I saw your son's photo - what a beautiful young man. The loss of you son must be so unimaginable and overwhelming. I have twin sons (3 years old) and I cannot imagine anything happening to them. I want you to know that you are not alone and that you gave your son all you could to help him. Suicide sometimes can be seen as the only result to end the grief, suffering, and pain. I have twice tried to take my own life and at the split second that I made that decision, it seemed like the logical solution. There is nothing that anyone could have said or done to stop me - in fact, people were trying to help me but the agony was too much for me to bear. I just wish you peace and comfort and hope that as each day passes, a little of your grief turns into happiness that you had a beautiful boy that blessed your lives and continues to bless your lives each day.

With deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers -
K West
Camden, NJ
-Kelli Cochran-West

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I was disheartened to learn of your loss. I never wanted anyone I know to experience what our family went through earlier this year. Your family was very gracious. There are no words to express our feelings toward your loss.
-Allan & Allison McDonnel

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Thinking about being gone literally takes my breath away. He was such a respectful, smart, handsome, caring, athletic, and amazingly driven person. I truly miss him, and will never ever forget him. I love you, Cam
-Tracy Patterson

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My thoughts and prayers are with you. What a wonderful looking young man. My son is a few years older and every day he struggle with life.
-Billie Billings

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cameron was a wonderful young man. We always enjoyed seeing him when he came over with Melanie. He always spoke of you all with much love. Take comfort that he is at peace now.
-Mark and Jamie Stanley

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Cameron: I didn’t watch you grow up, but rather “heard” you grow up through your father’s perpetual praise. I “heard” you wrestle and defeat the older competitors twice your size; I “heard” you work harder and smarter than most “professionals” during video shoots; I “heard” you giving your heart to your family; I “heard” you becoming a man; I “heard” your excitement of going off to college. One day we’ll all be together and I’ll hear about you again. May you smile upon us, your family and friends, with the love of our Heavenly Father.
-David Ludwikowski

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I just found out about your son, Cameron. We have been in Colorado visiting our grandchildren. Words can't express how sorry I am for your lose.
May our loving Father surround you with His arms of love and carry you and your family through this difficult time.
-Debbie Burger

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My thoughts and prayers are with all that love this child. As a mother who loves her sons and knows one of those sons has battled with his bipolar and come very close to his death many times over the past decade, I send my empathy to all that miss him, and continue to heal from the loss.
-Hope Stoltie
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Fri, Nov 19, 2010
Jimmy & Tina I want you to know that we were thinking of you guys Friday, Thank you guys for being not only good parents to Cam and Ali but a great brother and Sis to me and my wife, We love you guy's "Happy Birthday Cam We Miss you every day." Love your Uncle Bobby & Aunt Shelly, Lil Noah
- Robert A Patterson

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I miss you so much. I loved you Cameron.
- Victoria Guidry 

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I was just reading Ali's blog yesterday and have been thinking about her and Cam since then. Y'all have raised two amazing children with truly beautiful souls.
- Nicole 

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You cross my mind often. Very often
- Angela

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You left us 3 year ago, it is hard to believe its been that long. I miss you and think of you often. I think of you mostly when I am out in nature or when your partner in crime (aka Brandon Carroll) does something that I know you would be involved in. This past year I finally read one of your favorite books, Into Thin Air... you were right it was a great read. I felt as if I was on the mountian with all of them. I love and miss you. Mrs. Dawn
- Dawn Carroll

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9/17/2010.... I've known Tina, only briefly, but feel that I've known Cameron forever... God Bless this loving family.
- Susan Lemonier

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Fri, Nov 19, 2010
Almighty and everloving God, creator of all things beautiful: Be present with all your servants who seek through their art to perfect the praises of your people; grant to them even glimpses of your beauty and make them worthy at last to behold it for evermore. Amen.
IT IS NOW THE WEDNESDAY after the Saturday that we heard the news and with all of the tearful conversation, all of the messages, all of the telephone trees and the e.mails, all of the talk that has gone back and forth among we who love the Pattersons, and are loved by them in return -- no small thing that -- with all that we have said to each other in these few dark and frightful days, there are still some things that we still do not know this day, cannot know this day, even as we all gather up here to say our collective and public goodbye to this one we loved.
In the first place, we do not know how to ever make this make sense.
Our Cameron was bright and beautiful and young and strong. He had family and friends who loved him fiercely, cheered for him constantly, held him closely. He had a future, a future full of plans and hopes and dreams, and he had promises still to be kept and promises yet to be made.
We also do not know how to even contemplate the depth of the despair that he must have been suffering. Only those who have battled the same disease have a notion, and even we are helpless to put into words just how dark the world can seem when seen through the lens of a moment of depression that is strong enough to take a life.
'We cannot imagine what he must have been feeling,' some of us have said, and will continue to say in the days and weeks to come, as a way of saying that we do not understand how this could have taken place. There are some of us who can imagine it, or at least have been close enough to the same edge to hazard a guess, but we cannot quite grasp this either.
We also do not know that we will ever get over this. And those who were the closest to him, the ones who knew him and loved him the best will have the hardest time of all.
There simply is no way to ever fill this hole. All of us who have lost someone know that this is true. No thing and no one will ever take Cameron's place -- not at the family table, not in the photographs that will be taken today and tomorrow and the day after, not in the weeks and months and seasons and years to come.
Time will pass, and life will go on, and the shock will wear off, but let none of us pretend that things will ever be quite the same again.
But there are some things that we do know, can know on this day.
We know that the pain that he suffered in his young life is now over. Whatever it is that the world looks like to Cameron on the other side of what happened in the early morning hours of Saturday, the pain and the struggle and the hurt and the fear that took him to that moment are all now gone. Beyond being grateful for having known Cameron at all, maybe that is the thing for which we should be most grateful on this day.
We can also know on this day that we must face what happened to Cameron with honesty and courage and clarity. We must speak the truth to each other about what happened so that perhaps it will not happen to another, another mother's child whom we know and we love.
The disease that took Cameron lives on lies. And the disease would like nothing more than for us believe its other lies as well now -- that covering this over will somehow make it easier to bear, that pretending that something else took place will make it better somehow, or that if we do not talk about it, then this terrible tragedy really did not happen the way that it actually happened.
If we would not just mourn Cameron but honor Cameron, we must remember not only his joy but his sorrow, not only his promise but his pain, not only his hope but his hopelessness. It was not like Cameron to shirk away from the hard work that needed to be done, he would be most unhappy with us if we do.
And in the end, the disease would have us believe the worst lie of all -- that somehow the way that Cameron left this world means that he will not be welcomed with open arms into the next. I cannot believe that is true.
If you ask your mother for bread, would you get a stone? If you ask your father for a fish, would you get a snake? Think of how much more you can trust your heavenly Father.
These are the words of the heavenly Brother, Cameron's brother, and your brother and mine as well.
Which one of us here would not open our arms to Cameron on this day? Which one of us would send Cameron away from our sight for ever because there was a single and terrible moment in which his pain was too much for him to bear?
And which one of us would dare claim that there is more love and mercy in our heart for Cameron than there is in the heart of the One Who made Cameron?
Who among us will be able in the end to turn away from the love of God, the love of God that will greet us when it is our turn to see God face to face, no matter how we arrive?
There is a wideness in God's mercy, goes the old hymn.
Incredibly, they sang it during the Eucharist on the day after we heard this terrible news, on Sunday at the Eucharist where I sang it with a heavy heart while all around me people who did not know Cameron or what had happened to him sang it with joy and certainty. I was singing it because I was hoping it was true, they sang it like they knew it was. I am casting my lot with them.
There is a wideness in God's mercy, like the wideness of the sea.
There's a kindness in his justice, which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth's sorrows are more felt than up in heaven;
there is no place where earth's failings have such kindly judgement given.
For the love of God is broader than the measure of the mind;
and the heart of the eternal is most wonderfully kind.
If you ask your mother for bread . . . ? If you ask your father for a fish . . . ? Think of how much more you can trust . . . .
I believe that on this day we can know that the poet is right about the wideness in God's mercy. Or at least we can on this day hope to know it someday, or to believe it on more days than not, until we finally come to believe it as deeply as we want to on this day.

And I believe on this day that we can take the Gospel at its word, and trust the heavenly Father to take into His arms the Cameron whom He loved first, and whom we loved and always will, and whom we shall see again when all is said and done.
So that even as our lips tremble and our voices crack and our shoulders shake, we can say the words of the old prayer with confidence and hope . . .
Almighty God, we commend dear Cameron unto You, as he journeys beyond our sight : Receive him into the arms of Your mercy and into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of Your saints. Grant him this day entrance into the land of light and joy, we pray, and a place at your table, so to rejoice in your presence for evermore.
Go forth upon your journey, dear Cameron. May your portion this day be in peace, and your dwelling in the city of God.
In the name of the One Who made you, and made us all; in the name of the One Who redeems us, each of us just as we are; and in the name of the One Who will strengthen us, until we are all together again. Amen, and amen.


For CAMERON On 19th September 2007.
by
Robert Benson
- Robert Benson
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It's hard to believe that two years has passed. James me and Victoria just wanted to let yall know as always yall are in our thoughts and prayers. May all our thoughts and prayers touch your lives as much as yall have touched ours.
- Dawn McClendon
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Cameron was an outstanding athlete and all around person. He always found a way to make me smile. He will be missed. My condolences go out to all of his family and friends. Cameron we love you.
- Ricky C McCrary Jr. - Cameron's wrestling partner

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Fri, Nov 19, 2010
Jimmy and Tina and Allie, Sometimes we all forget just how important we are to those who love us. Please know that nothing can take away what God has already given us. We who remain on this side of the dividing line love and support you and like you we wait to see all of our loved ones again. We love you and we grieve with you until that time.
Danny and Donna and family.
-Danny and Donna MacGregor
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You were a great friend and i will never forget you, i thoughts and prayer will go on with you, for you are not gone forever but you live with us everyday, RIP James
-Robert A. Sharp Jr.
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I want to tell you that I am so sorry for your loss. Remeber it is only temporary.God has a plan for us all. May God bless you and keep you close yesterday, today and forever. You can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens you. Love, Lila
-Lila Hinton
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You are always remembered and very much missed. xoxoxoxo
Love, Nicole
-Nicole Maginnis
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I can hardly believe it has been a year. I still (and always will) miss him. I'm thinking of all his loved ones and sending prayers and love.
-Shari Stanley
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Tina, Jimmy and Ali,
Knowing today would be espically hard, we just wanted you all to know that as always, y'all are in our thoughts and prayers.
-Dawn, James, and Victoria McClendon
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ITS BEEN A YEAR OF PUSHING BACK THE TEARS AND SORROW, MY LIL FAMILY TALKS ABOUT YOU OFTEN, MOSTLY WHEN NOAH RUNS IN HOLDING A SQUIRMING, JUMPING OR HOPPING CRITTER, THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD DO. I KNOW THAT YOURE IN A BETTER PLACE, AND WE WILL SEE YOU ONE DAY, I WISH THAT I SPENT MORE TIME WITH YOU WHEN YOU WERE HERE, I HAVE KNOW DOUBT THAT YOU LOVED US, BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS TOLD US, YOU ARE A GREAT NEPHEW, YOUR PASSING CHANGED OUR FAMILY, IT HAS DRAWN US CLOSER, AND HAS TAUGHT US, TO NEVER TAKE EACH OTHER FOR GRANTED. WE PRAY FOR YOUR MOM AND DAD ALMOST EVERYDAY, THAT GOD SENDS HIS HOLY SPIRT TO COMFORT THEM IN THEIR DARKEST HOURS.
JIMMY, TINA, ALI WE LOVE YOU AND HOPE THAT YOU KNOW THAT WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE WHEN YOU NEED US.
UNCLE BOBBY, AUNT SHELLY, AND NOAH BUG
-ROBERT A PATTERSON
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Tina, Jimmy and Ali, you are always in my thoughts. Your family is truly one to be admired for the courage and strength it has.
-Angela Day
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To all of the Pattersons and Guidry families and friends...I hadn't been able to look at Camerons site until now. Our pain still runs so deep yet our neverending love runs much deeper. I think about your family and how heroic you have been and wish that we could all learn from your stregnth. May you continue to cherish your memories and your time here until you see your beautiful baby again.
-Kim and David McDonnel
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I learned only today of the loss of your son, Cameron, and I cannot begin to convey our deepest sympathies. Having grown up with you both- I know that Cameron was blessed with loving parents as you were blessed with an apparently wonderful young man. I wish I had known him- that you could know our daughters- perhaps that's the lesson of loss- that we must live our lives fully- loving completely- knowing each day could be our last with a loved one. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as I know that this is an enduring sorrow which only God's love and the love of family and friends can get you through. I love you both- God bless. Regina and Angelo Farrell.
- Angelo & Regina Farrell
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Fri, Nov 19, 2010
Your sorrow is not wasted. I am believing that God has already and will continue to use Cameron, his story, and his life for the Lord's ultimate glory.
My prayers will continue to be with you and your dear family. I know that you loved this son well.
-Kathy White
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Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Tina, and Ali,
We did sooooo many cool things with Cambo and will always love animals and nature because of him. Here is a list of some of the neat things we did with him: the marshmallow fights were the best with his blow guns, the potato gun was so awesome - how it made giant dents in the grass, giggin' with Cambo and Brandon was great and we will keep on doing it so that Nate will be able to go with us. It was also really fun going in the woods to go squirrel hunting. One of Levi's favorite times was when he, Jake, Melanie and Cambo went to Lazer Tag (even though he kept smooching Melanie-he still had fun). Nate says that Cambo swung him the best and highest on the tire swing. Rhema says that she loved how he swung her on the tire swing (but not too high b/c he knew she was scared), Jake says that every time with Cambo was his favorite because Cambo "just rocked".
We love you guys and will always miss our cousin Cambo,
-Jake, Levi, Rhema and Nate
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Your zeal and passion was so inspirational. You
were always your own person, had your own ideas, and NEVER gave in to peer pressure! I am so greatful that I had the HONOR of experiencing you ih such a special way as your aunt. I loved you more than you could ever know. You were my inspiration. I will miss you greatly. However, I will carry on your legacy of true conviction and passion for life to live on through me and my little angels (Jake, Levi, Rhema, and Nate). They adored you as did I.
I'll see you again in His loving arms,
-Aunt Shelly
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Dear Cameron,
I thoroughly enjoyed every year with you. From the time you cried so hard that I had to call Maw Maw for back up to calm you down just to get a fresh diaper on you, to playing a game of pool with you as an adult. The first time I didn't
have to let you win. You are my buddy. Closer than a brother. You are the only one I trust if I pass, to tell my kids who the real me was. You will be missed by me more than you know, but we will embrace again on that heavenly shore. On that day all will be whole. I love you bud, Uncle Ron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Ron Guidry

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We love you guys and will always miss our cousin Cambo,
-Jake, Levi, Rhema and Nate

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I do not know this child, but my heart is with you at this time, It was such a young age for this child to leave this world.
-Anonymous
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May the knowledge of gods everlasting love comfort you.
-Neil Murphy

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There is very little I can say that has not been said by others far more eloquently or which will bring you the answers and comfort you seek. Cameron was an amazing soul whom I wish we had gotten the opportunity to know better since returning to the US. I truly believe he is still with us in spirit, guiding and loving the family and friends he so cared for and who loved him in return so completely and passionately. I have always felt the words of the following poem by Mary Frye stated it best...
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
-Mary Frye

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It's almost a shame she didn't meet Cam before writing that poem. The lines " I am the boy who chases the frogs, through the streams and in the bogs." would have fit quite nicely after the 2nd line finishing "I am not there. I do not sleep."
Cameron will always be a part of everyone's lives and hearts.
Love from Nikky, Nick & Sammie Maginnis
-Nicole, Nick & Sammie Maginnis
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Today is Thanksgiving and even though Cameron is gone I am still thankful to have had him in my life. I think of him so often and i wish he was here. I am thankful for the family I have and thankful for the memories I have of Cameron, I remember them so often they can turn my day around in a instant. Thinking of Cameron makes me happy, I wish he was here but memories of him are the next best thing. I love you.
-Aunt Angie

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Jimmy and Tina, I was very sorry to hear of your loss.
-Chris Maginnis

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As my parents said, he was a second son to them, making him a second brother to me. It seems like everytime I think of something adventerous or outdoorsy happening, Cameron was there: From Gulf Shore, to Pine Point Beach, and Mexico to just my backyard. And of course, the famous Cameron and Brandon disasters such as the monster potato gun and smoke bombs in the shed. Even living hundreds of miles away couldn't stop him from making a memory here. We love & miss you Cameron.
-Sarah Carroll
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In working with Cameron a bit, I found what a hard-working, wise-cracking, sharp-witted, raucous, fun boy he could be; and what a sweet, polite, humble and lovely young man he had become. I praise God for the gift of our children and the grace, joy and simplicity He teaches us to embrace through them.
-Melba Ferrell Sibrel

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I loved Cameron so much that every time I think about him now I think of all the good times we had when I was a litte girl and this summer.I wanted too let Aunt Tina ,Ali, Uncle Jimmy, and Melanie that I pray for them every day. I miss him so much I cannot even explain it. I love you guys.
-Victoria Guidry

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Dear Jimmy, Tina, Barbara, John and all the Patterson family. I just found out of the tragic loss of Cameron. It grieves my heart to know that he is no longer here with us, but great joy also fills my heart to know that he is with the Lord. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I am sorry that I didn't get a chance to know Cameron, but if he was anything like his father when he was a young man, I know how wonderful he must have been. My heart hurts for all of you "many Pattersons" as you endure the pain of separation from him. My prayers are with you as you carry this burden of loss. From all the submissions I have read about Cameron, he was used mightily by the Lord to touch many lives in a very positive way. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Blessings to all of you. Brenda and David Gurley and family.
-Brenda (Tramuta) Gurley

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I happened upon your memorial to Cameron by mistake, but it has brought tears to my eyes. Cameron sounded like such a wonderful young man. I do know what you are going through because I lost my son Dan to suicide at age 27 on May 8, 2004. Time does not heal. Memories do not fade. I know Dan is in a wonderful place, and I am sure your son Cameron is also. I wish you peace!
-Mary Weiss
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We pray for you and the hurt and sorrow you carry. We pray that Ali will heal and that God will give her miraculous peace and strength to face life fully and completely. Ken, Jane and Casey
-Ken, Jane and Casey Parker
As a sufferer of mental illness who thought of suicide often, I pray for peace and comfort for your family.
-dhg
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Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you walk through this time! The darkest hour always comes before new light!!!
-David & Margaret Niven
I think this is an awsome poem. It just says it all:
In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.
My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.
They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.
Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.
But of all the treasures I have, it's the memories of you that are the most precious.

-I Love You

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Fri, Nov 19, 2010
Your sorrow is not wasted. I am believing that God has already and will continue to use Cameron, his story, and his life for the Lord's ultimate glory.
My prayers will continue to be with you and your dear family. I know that you loved this son well.
-Kathy White

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Oh, my sweet, sweet boy. You will be sorely missed by so many. I am so thankful to have had you in my life. You loved my girl well and she returned that love fully. You influenced my and Melanie's life so much and with such joy and passion. The strength of your faith also touched us, especially Melanie. You will be with us always, held close in our hearts.
Jimmy, Tina, and Ali, Melanie and I love you all very much. Thank you for taking us into your family. We are here for you whenever and whatever you may need.
Shari Stanley.
-Shari Stanley
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Dearest Jimmy, Tina and Ali
The loss you are experiencing is tremendous. The love you feel is overwhelming. The lives Cameron touched are forever changed. Please know that you are all loved by all of this wonderful family and friends that we have been blessed with and if there is anything you need, please know that we will be there for you.
This poem has been in my heart since Cameron went to be with the Lord and I am led to send it to you now. We love you dearly.
Miss Me -- But Let Me Go
Unknown
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little--but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me--but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me--But Let me Go!


-Marian and Rick
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Tina, Jimmy,and Ali, From the moment I heard about Cameron's death my heart has been on fire with grief for you. I have experienced the arms of Jesus in my time of deep grief, though,and I know that those strong tender arms will gather you in and hold you there until you regain the strength that He gives us to keep on walking. Rest in his arms for a while, and let the body care for you. It's a good place to be.
love, Mary Beth
-Mary Beth Shields
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Cameron, although your time here was too brief, you touched so many lives. We are all better for knowing you and forever changed because you're gone.
-Carol & Tim Duncan
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We didn't know Cameron very well, but he impressed us so much a few years ago. We were visiting at your house, sitting and eating Tina's delicious food when Cameron approached, introduced himself and then we had a nice little talk. He told us he was planning to go to college and then asked if he could get us more food and drinks. We thanked him and after he left we looked at each other and asked what 17 year old these days would be so thoughtful and kind to someone he didn't know. What a sweet and gentle boy. Our hearts and deepest sympathy go out to you and all of the Pattersons.
-Lea and Stanley Packer
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How painful and tragic! Though I can't fathom the pain you are going through, I can tell you that it is shared by many as each of us feel a part of it to! I will be praying for your family.
-Fay Cadwallader
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I am so sorry. I am praying for your entire family.
-Jodi Ebert
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Jimmy and Family, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of this news. Cameron was a pleasure to know and work with the few times I had the opportunity. I remember his quick wit and good nature the most. Please let us know if there's any way we can be of assistance in this great time of grief and need. May God's love embrace you, as it does Cameron, forever.
-David and Lacey Lewis
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Like so many here are prayers are with you and your family. You have a special family and we love you all. - Steve and Shelley + The Boys
-Steve & Shelley Bussell
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Dear Cameron, may you rest calmly in the arms of eternal peace knowing that you were truly loved.
-John Hussey
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I work for one of Mental Health America's affilates in NJ. I just visited the site for some information and I saw your son's photo - what a beautiful young man. The loss of you son must be so unimaginable and overwhelming. I have twin sons (3 years old) and I cannot imagine anything happening to them. I want you to know that you are not alone and that you gave your son all you could to help him. Suicide sometimes can be seen as the only result to end the grief, suffering, and pain. I have twice tried to take my own life and at the split second that I made that decision, it seemed like the logical solution. There is nothing that anyone could have said or done to stop me - in fact, people were trying to help me but the agony was too much for me to bear. I just wish you peace and comfort and hope that as each day passes, a little of your grief turns into happiness that you had a beautiful boy that blessed your lives and continues to bless your lives each day.
With deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers -
K West
Camden, NJ
-Kelli Cochran-West
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I was disheartened to learn of your loss. I never wanted anyone I know to experience what our family went through earlier this year. Your family was very gracious. There are no words to express our feelings toward your loss.
-Allan & Allison McDonnel
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Thinking about being gone literally takes my breath away. He was such a respectful, smart, handsome, caring, athletic, and amazingly driven person. I truly miss him, and will never ever forget him. I love you, Cam
-Tracy Patterson
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My thoughts and prayers are with you. What a wonderful looking young man. My son is a few years older and every day he struggle with life.
-Billie Billings
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cameron was a wonderful young man. We always enjoyed seeing him when he came over with Melanie. He always spoke of you all with much love. Take comfort that he is at peace now.
-Mark and Jamie Stanley
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Cameron: I didn't watch you grow up, but rather "heard" you grow up through your father's perpetual praise. I "heard" you wrestle and defeat the older competitors twice your size; I "heard" you work harder and smarter than most "professionals" during video shoots; I "heard" you giving your heart to your family; I "heard" you becoming a man; I "heard" your excitement of going off to college. One day we'll all be together and I'll hear about you again. May you smile upon us, your family and friends, with the love of our Heavenly Father.
-David Ludwikowski
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I just found out about your son, Cameron. We have been in Colorado visiting our grandchildren. Words can't express how sorry I am for your lose.
May our loving Father surround you with His arms of love and carry you and your family through this difficult time.
-Debbie Burger
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My thoughts and prayers are with all that love this child. As a mother who loves her sons and knows one of those sons has battled with his bipolar and come very close to his death many times over the past decade, I send my empathy to all that miss him, and continue to heal from the loss.
-Hope Stoltie
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Jimmy and family-Please accept my sympathy for the terrible loss of Cameron. My heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family that God will comfort you now and as always. What a privilege to raise such a handsome young man that I'm sure has touched so many lives. May loves' everlasting connection lift you, hold you close, and give you peace.
-Daphne Womack Sigler
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Fri, Nov 19, 2010
Cameron has been such a blessing to me (Maw Maw). It was always so much fun to watch him play and have fun be it playing kicking cans, baseball, swimming, fishing, catching frogs, lizards, wrestling, boating, reading- Wow, Maw Maw gets tired just listing a few of his favorite activities. He loved to laugh and tell jokes and play them on people, especially Maw Maw and Paw Paw. He taught us how to build a fire in the fire place just the way his Dad taught him.
When he was three years old he spent 2 weeks with us on the farm. Mam Maw was living with us then and he would sneak back to her room and stay longer than usual only for me to catch Mam Maw giving Cameron all the cookies and coke he wanted. He loved Popeye cartoons so much we had to play the tapes over and over sometimes till late at night.
One visit Tina wanted to know if Cameron was brushing his teeth and taking a bath daily. Well the teeth hadn't been done and Cameron would get wet in the tub but he did not use the soap much. I did correct this however. I couldn't keep enough clothes cleaned because if he would see something he wanted to catch he would leap up out the house with clean socks without shoes on and catch his prey, that being lizards, frogs, turtles and bugs of all kinds.
He also had special snacks we would get at the first of a visit. He would keep them in his room and this would delight him to have his private stash. He would eat so many green apples I thought he would turn into one. I loved hearing him tell me how he and his Dad would hunt, boat and fish together and enjoyed the pictures he would show me of their adventures.
He had grown into such a pleasant, trust worthy young man. We all were proud that his parents had done such a wonderful job teaching him the Bible and all about Jesus's teachings, teaching him to be kind and caring and watching him to grow up to be the wonderful son he was. Cameron was admired by the young and old. He could talk on virtually all subjects in the animal kingdom and insects with such authority. He got that from watching the Discovery Channel which was his favorite program. Cameron was not an early raiser unless it was something he wanted to do that morning.
I could talk to him and he loved me so much I could feel it in his approval. I miss him so much. He would hug me and tell me he loved me and that everything was going to be alright.
When he was in his early teens and going froging, I would tell him I will go with you. He'd say "Oh Maw Maw you don't have to". My reply was that's ok someday you will grown up and replace me with a lovely young lady and he did and that was okay. I miss him more that any words can tell. Cameron was our first grandson and we loved him so and he will always be in our hearts and memories forever. We will meet again someday in Heaven with all our loved ones who have gone on before us. I thank Jesus for giving us Cameron even though it was only for a short time. Cameron will never be forgotten.
-Sally E. Cuccia
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I went to school with Cameron and I know he was a nice guy. I just want to let his family know that there in my prayers.Cameron might be gone,but he's not forgotten.
-Adrian Booker
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Happy Birthday Cameron! You are missed by everyone who met you and many who did not.
Patterson family-my thoughts and prayers remain with you, but especially today as you celebrate Cameron's birthday doing his favorite things.
God bless you and keep you...always.
-Christy Belew
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Tina, Jimmy and Ali- I think of you guys daily and continue to pray for your strength to live through the intense grief you are feeling. We have so many wonderful memories of time spent with you guys, especially Cameron. He was an amazing young man. It was a joy to be around him. Tina, we spent many hours talking about the challenges of raising our kids. You and Jimmy are incredible parents who have shown strength and wisdom through the tough times, as well as the fun. You have honored God in all that you have done. God will continue to hold you in His hands and bless you. We love you all.
-Pam Page
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I have been waiting to write so I can think of the right thing to say. I was thinking of Cameron today while walking outside and I saw a frog hopping by, I couldnt help but laugh. The same thing comes to mind everytime. I love Cameron. I love him, I love him, I love him. I know he had a great life because he had awsome parents and a wonderful sister not to mention good friends. He was a wonderful person. When sitting at the memorial I looked back and saw the whole church filled. Cameron is so loved by all who knew him. His spirit will live on forever in the stories we tell and the memories we think of so often. I love you Tina, Jimmy and Ally.
-Angela Day
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I did not know Cameron very well, but I knew him enough to miss him alot. When first heard about this, I fell to the ground. I was crying for days because I didn't get to know this man. I used to go where he worked and when I would see him, I would not have the guts to say hi or anything. I really regret that.
I have not gotten used to the fact he is gone, but I have accepted it and this will help me in the future.
As someone once said "Cam Lives On"

Words will never describe how you will be missed, I've read every word posted to this site, and you were so truly loved by everyone you came in contact with, there are enough tears here, to fill the lake, know that your Uncle Bobby has cried buckets and buckets, I know that you are in the arms of our father, and that you are at peace. When I look at my son I see the same things that made you who you were, he loves bugs, spiders, lizards, frogs, he loves to be outside, and most of all I think that he looks a lot like you. I hope that one day that he is as sweet as you are. Cam I pray every day that God gives Jimmy, Tina and Ali Strength to endure the sorrow of this moment and the ability to understand all of this. I'm struggling with understanding this too, and can't imagine the amount of emotions that Jimmy, Tina & Ali are going through at this time.
You have always been there for me and I'm here for you, anytime you need me, and all ways will be.
" I Love You Cam"
Uncle Bobby
-Bobby, Shelly & Noah Patterson
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What a shock and a great sorrow....our thoughts and prayers are with you....
-Kristen & Joe Toney
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Jimmy, Tina & Ali:
We are barely able to read the entries in this memorial. We are stunned and so sorry about the loss of your sweet son. We wanted to find the DVD that Jimmy made us years ago of Cam and Joe playing baseball, but we can't watch it...not yet. To know that he is at peace with our Lord is comfort I know, but still the agony of his absence here will be felt for a long time. We cannot even imagine the what you are going through but please, please know dear friends, that you are not alone and we are here for you for anything you might need, if only to know that. We just don't have the words to express our deep deep sorrow. He grew to be so handsome and by the comments we've read...a godly wonderful man to be proud of. Our prayers are with you.
-Kate & Raymond Cardinale
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What a beautiful young man to leave us so soon! I am sorry I did not know him: he clearly made a positive difference in many lives, even in his short time. I know that he made a huge difference in the lives of our friends Melanie and Shari, who will miss him terribly. They have spoken of him often in appreciation for his love, character and support. All of us at Shari's office have grieved with you all at Cameron's passing. May God's love sustain you.
-Kit Potter
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Fri, Nov 19, 2010
Jimmy and family-Please accept my sympathy for the terrible loss of Cameron. My heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family that God will comfort you now and as always. What a privilege to raise such a handsome young man that I'm sure has touched so many lives. May loves' everlasting connection lift you, hold you close, and give you peace.
-Daphne Womack Sigler
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October 9th would've been Cam's 19th birthday - we are celebrating his life by spending the day on the lake, his favorite thing to do and by going to the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory to see the star named for him by our dear friends, the Carrolls. Please take a moment to celebrate Cam by living and loving well, all those who you hold dear. May the love of God wrap us and keep us all close as we seek Him for comfort.
-Tina & Jimmy Patterson
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We are so shocked to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts, hang in there. We love you guys.
-Bill and Lisa (Spano) Talbot
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Tina, Jimmy and Ali, I adored Cameron. When he came into the shop to see Jennifer, I loved to impress him with all my wit and knowledge of different movies that I knew he liked. He was always gracious and would appease me with great laughter. Derek and I delighted in seeing him at the Brentwood Y. Your family is precious and I am honored to know you and call you friends.
-Cammy Murphy
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I have Cameron's picture in my office to remind me everyday how precious life is and what an amazing person Cameron was. I was fortunate to have had him here at the Brentwood YMCA as an outstanding lifeguard and swim instructor. He touched many lives here with his kindness, patience, and zest for life. My life will always be better for knowing him! Tina, Jimmy, and Ali, my prayers are with you always and I will be thinking about you all on the 9th.
Much Love, Suzy Constantine
-Suzy Constantine
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Dear Pattersons,
Your lives were changed on September 15, 2007 as it has done so many times before. September 15, 2007 marked the end of how you as a family existed and the beginning of a new existence. Your family has suffered a great loss, a loss that will forever live within your hearts. As all families do, you have shared in an abundance of emotions. You have experienced one anothers joys and sorrows, triumphs and defeats. You will carry with you your own special memories and morn in your own special way. However, know that at the end of the day all your questions and thoughts, pain and prayers are one in the same and through these most trying times one thing will remain. That being the love for your family, both the living and dead. May God bless all of you and may these words bring you comfort as it did for our family in a time of need.
"Letter From Heaven" - By Ruth Ann Mahaffey
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay. I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above. Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight. Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again: you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on. I need you here badly; you're part of my plan. There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you. And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight. God and I are closest to you... in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned. But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand. But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er. I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together we can do it by taking one day at a time. It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain, then you can say to god at night..."My day was not in vain." And now I am contented... that my life has been worthwhile, knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low, just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go. When your walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in you footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go... from that body to be free, remember your not going... you're coming here to me.


All our love,
Dawn, James and Victoria McClendon

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It is so difficult to put into words how the lost of our grandson, Cameron, has affected our lives. In the 19 years God has shared Cameron with us we have experienced so much joy in watching him grow from an inquisitive young boy into a mature young man. It is only through the teachings in the Bible that, as Christians, we know and are assured that this is not the end of Cameron's life but only a new beginning, as everyone eventually will have to go through someday. This is the process of life that God has created for all of us. The knowledge that Cameron is in heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is the only thing that makes our lost bearable. Cameron will never be forgotten as long as he lives in the hearts and minds of all those who loved him. We do not know or can comprehend why Cameron's life on earth was cut so short; but we are assured that Jesus, in his infinite wishom is always in control of all things.
We thank God for the many, many, joys that Cameron had brought into our lives. Sally and I hope that all who shared in Cameron's life will find some comfort in knowing that Cameron is now with our Lord and someday we too will be reunited with Cameron and all our love ones. We all someday will leave this earthly body and join Cameron in a more fulfillig life in Heaven with our Lord Jesus. Cameron will always be part of our lives and will live in our hearts and memories forever.
-Andy Cuccia
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First of all, Jimmy, Ali and I thank you for all the kindness shown to us during this time of grief. We are trying to reestablish our routines leaning on God's strength and are allowing people to love on us.
Tomorrow, October 9th, is Cameron's birthday and he would've been 19 years old. We are planning to celebrate his memory and his life by doing what he absolutely loved, being on the water - the last time we were with him was Labor Day on the lake. Then we are going to head to a local Observatory to view a star that has been named in Cam's honor.
Please pray for us tomorrow - that it be a day of peace and joy. As we all know, the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Blessing to you all,
Tina & Jimmy
-Tina Patterson


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