Celebration of Life
Saturday, Mar 17, 2018
April 21, 2010 - March 06, 2018
Jesse Brock Crowell Nash, 7, of Chatham, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 6, after a four year continuous battle with neuroblastoma. The beloved son of Caroline and Peter, Jesse was born on April 21, 2010, in Farmington, Connecticut. Jesse is remembered for his gentle and curious disposition, tender voice, being a cozy snuggler, and his robust, rolling laugh.
Jesse was a world traveler whose adventures included getting splashed by waves in the Caribbean, zip lining through a Central American jungle, and as most recently in January, exploring volcanoes and swimming in geothermal hot springs in Iceland. Washington, D.C. was a highlight of his travels last spring where he experienced the wonders of aviation at the Air and Space Museum, dinosaurs and mummies in the Natural History Museum, and elephants and flamingos of the National Zoo. Some of Jesse’s cherished and more frequent trips included jumping into the pool in New Jersey, catching fireflies and riding the orange tractor in Connecticut, and swinging from the oak tree and grooming his horses on the farm in Virginia. He also was proud to learn to ski and ride a snowcat to the summit of Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont.
Jesse was an enthusiastic part of the school and camp community of the Family School in Brewster, Brewster Day Camp, The Rocking Unicorn, The Salt Box School, and most recently he was a Monomoy first grader who could often be seen skipping down the halls of Chatham Elementary School. He loved his church family as well, and played an amazing donkey in the nativity play this past Christmas. Jesse felt incredibly honored to be bestowed the title of Honorary Fire Chief of the Chatham Fire and Rescue Department in a ceremony in December, and had the privilege of leading the fire trucks on a parade through Chatham to celebrate the occasion, passionately sounding the siren and horns that rivaled his efforts as leader of the truck brigade in the 4th of July parade last summer.
Jesse could be considered a master Lego builder, and with patience and creativity, would dazzle those that saw his works. He further challenged himself by hopping in the saddle and learning to take command of horses, becoming a rider with a sense of accomplishment together with his favorite real pony, Chippy. Jesse loved to hike Fort Hill in Eastham, especially in June when the meadows would be in bloom with Lupines. And as a true Cape Codder, Jesse enjoyed driving the boat out to the beach to dig tunnels in the sand and swim on his boogie board.
Most of all, Jesse loved the time spent together with his family and special friends, always winning the Mario Cart races, playing wavy-wavy, and cruising the back yard on four-wheelers, no matter the season.
Jesse’s survivors include his parents, his two adoring older sisters, Leah and Kathryn, his two admiring younger brothers, Peter and Emmett, and his steadfast lovey, Taco. He is also survived by his grandparents, John and the late Suzanne Anderson of Summit, NJ; John and Michele Nash of Chatham; Tracy Kilpatrick and Jimmie Jack Marks of Palmyra,Va; and Kenneth and Julia Hrica of Litchfield, Ct. Jesse was also fortunate to have 10 uncles, 7 aunts, and 10 cherished cousins: Jillian, Caroline, William, Colin, Avery, Chloe, Paige, Gunner, Uriah, and Connor.
Jesse’s family holds dear his amazing doctor and nurses at Dana Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer Center, the Nuclear Medicine/Radiology department of Children’s Hospital, the Cape Cod VNA Pediatric and Hospice, the Pediatric and IV Therapy units at Cape Cod Hospital, and Bass River Pediatrics for their tireless and creative care of Jesse throughout his battle.
A service to celebrate Jesse’s life will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 11am at the First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St., Chatham, MA.
A foundation has been established to provide community charity and scholarship programs in Jesse’s memory; donations can be made to: The Jesse Nash Memorial Foundation, 548 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
Donations can also be made in Jesse’s memory to bring joy and entertainment to patients currently in treatment to: The Jimmy Fund Clinic Activities Program Attention: Lisa Scherber, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.