This memorial website was created in the memory of my son, Michael "Mikey" John Owen Billard who was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada on December 22, 1987 and died in a fatal accident on September 10, 2007 at the tender age of 19. He will be forever loved and missed!
Mikey was the youngest of 3 children and the only boy. There was a 12 year age gap between him and his youngest sister Jamie. Jenn, the oldest and Jamie adored and spoiled him. He was famous for asking one of them "got a 20 sheet ya can lend me?". Of course, they never got this 20 sheet back that they always gave him. It soon got to the point where he would just ask if they had 20 bucks for him :)
Mike was also very proud to be an Uncle. He adored his nieces Jessie and Kelly who live in New York. He was always disappointed when he missed a call to them. They could make him laugh without even trying, he smiled the whole time he talked with them.
Mikey loved anything to do with music, reading music, playing his drum, skating, snowboarding, being with his family and friends and how he loved to have fun and party!
Anyone who met Mikey instantly fell in love with him. He loved with his whole heart and he was always laughing. He was unique and so very special. He had a heart of gold and his smile was contagious. Mikey had the best sense of humor and could always make you laugh. As he would say "ya gotta chill and keep it real". And loyal....his friends could always count on him, he was a protector to everyone he loved.
He could cry at the drop of a hat but he could also laugh hysterically. His emotions always ran in high gear, I guess that was the special and unique part of him that we all loved. He was genuine and as real as they came. What you saw was what you got...a passionate, loving, caring, loyal and true person.
He was loved, he was in love, he traveled, he moved to an area he truly wanted to be and he obtained a job that for his age he could be proud of. But most of all he smiled and he laughed his way to Heaven. What a memory, what a beautiful gift he was to us all.
I worried so much about Mikey. A month before he died, I was talking with him on the phone and as always...I told him how much I worried about him. He said to me "Mom...ya gotta chill. I'm all grown up now and I can take care of myself. You don't need to worry so much". I laughed and told him that I would always worry about him and he laughed too. I will never forget that call. On the evening of September 10th, our hearts were torn apart and broken, never to be fixed.
WITH OUR ETERNAL LOVE
Mom, Trev, Jenn and Jamie
If you would like to write a story - a memory or something special you remember about Mikey, please do so in the tributes and condolences section. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.
IF TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME....
I found this poem online and thought that Mikey would have liked this.
If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me…as much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready in heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
For all my life, I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday just even for a while,
I’d say good-bye and kiss you, and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of the one thing I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven’s gates I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me from His great golden throne,
He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you..
Today your life on earth is past but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow but today will always last,
And since each day’s the same way there’s no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did things you knew you shouldn’t do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?“
So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here, in your heart.