In Honor and Celebration of the lives of
Jason Elan Colvard and Andrew Ethan Colvard
~ Father and Son ~

Dear Friends,

This message is so challenging and hard to write, but our family would like to share some tragic news. My two dearly beloved boys, my son Jason and grandson Andrew, are both gone, killed together in a terrible accident. I have never known such grief; my heart has broken open and feels as if it will never heal….but I know it will. Time is the greatest healer of all…. please help our family hold their memories close, keeping them alive in spirit, allowing their bodies to rest in peace. Made from stardust, they are returning to the stars, and as they make their journey to the Spirit worlds and the Great Mystery that awaits us all, I have peace knowing they are together. They loved each other dearly, and had a bond that was unbreakable.

Jason, Eleanor, and Andrew listening to the Dalai Lama

Jason, Eleanor, and Andrew listening to the Dalai Lama

Please hold them in the light and light a candle for them to help guide them on their way to the Spirit realms.

Jason and Andrew were huge animal lovers and left behind four beautiful dogs and several cats. They are being well cared for at the Oconee Animal Shelter. If you would like to make a donation to the Oconee Animal Shelter that is housing them, adopt one of their amazing dogs, or donate to your own local shelter, please visit https://www.petango.com/oconeecountyanimalcontrol.

As you know, my son Jason was our brilliant webmaster and visionary behind the online course. If it wasn’t for him, the online course would have never happened. And my grandson, Andrew, worked closely with both Jason and Helen. How much they will be missed!!! Please help us hold the ship afloat while we navigate these waves. Helen, bless her amazing soul and heart, and I are working closely together and already have an initial plan in place that we feel good about. The course will continue to thrive as my Son and Grandson would want. Thank you for all your support, love, and help.

We would truly appreciate any stories, pictures, prayers for and about Jason and Andrew you would like to share here. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for holding our two beloved boys in your hearts and prayers.

I’ll not be able to answer emails or phone calls as its all so painfully close and still unbearable, but know that I feel you close in spirit and will look forward to seeing all of your sweet prayers, words and poems here.

With love and light,

Rosemary & the large and extended family of Jason and Andrew

In Honor and Celebration of the lives of
Jason Elan Colvard and Andrew Ethan Colvard
~ Father and Son ~

Dear Friends,

This message is so challenging and hard to write, but our family would like to share some tragic news. My two dearly beloved boys, my son Jason and grandson Andrew, are both gone, killed together in a terrible accident. I have never known such grief; my heart has broken open and feels as if it will never heal….but I know it will. Time is the greatest healer of all…. please help our family hold their memories close, keeping them alive in spirit, allowing their bodies to rest in peace. Made from stardust, they are returning to the stars, and as they make their journey to the Spirit worlds and the Great Mystery that awaits us all, I have peace knowing they are together. They loved each other dearly, and had a bond that was unbreakable.

Jason, Eleanor, and Andrew listening to the Dalai Lama

Jason, Eleanor, and Andrew listening to the Dalai Lama

Please hold them in the light and light a candle for them to help guide them on their way to the Spirit realms.

Jason and Andrew were huge animal lovers and left behind four beautiful dogs and several cats. They are being well cared for at the Oconee Animal Shelter. If you would like to make a donation to the Oconee Animal Shelter that is housing them, adopt one of their amazing dogs, or donate to your own local shelter, please visit https://www.petango.com/oconeecountyanimalcontrol.

As you know, my son Jason was our brilliant webmaster and visionary behind the online course. If it wasn’t for him, the online course would have never happened. And my grandson, Andrew, worked closely with both Jason and Helen. How much they will be missed!!! Please help us hold the ship afloat while we navigate these waves. Helen, bless her amazing soul and heart, and I are working closely together and already have an initial plan in place that we feel good about. The course will continue to thrive as my Son and Grandson would want. Thank you for all your support, love, and help.

We would truly appreciate any stories, pictures, prayers for and about Jason and Andrew you would like to share here. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for holding our two beloved boys in your hearts and prayers.

I’ll not be able to answer emails or phone calls as its all so painfully close and still unbearable, but know that I feel you close in spirit and will look forward to seeing all of your sweet prayers, words and poems here.

With love and light,

Rosemary & the large and extended family of Jason and Andrew

Join us in Celebrating the Lives of Jason and Andrew

Our pain and grief over the loss of these two beautiful souls is unbearable and it feels as if our broken hearts will never heal. But time and love are the greatest healers of all…. please help us hold their memories close, keeping them alive in spirit, allowing their bodies to rest in peace. Made from stardust they are returning to the stars, and as they make their journey to the Spirit worlds and the Great Mystery that awaits us all, we are at peace knowing they are together and in God’s grace. They loved each other dearly, and had a bond that was unbreakable. Please hold them in the light and light a candle for them to help guide them on their way to the Spirit realms.

We have created this space as a place of honoring for Jason and Andrew and for their families to draw comfort from. Please share your stories, poems, and prayers below…

Jason and Andrew cared passionately for the well-being of animals.

The family had four pit bulls that lived with them and many cats that they cared for. The four dogs, Beau, Cita, Gremlin, and Buddy, are currently at the Oconee County Animal Control where they are looking for homes. We invite you to make a donation to the Friends of Oconee County Animal Shelter in memory of Jason and Andrew.

Good News!

We’re so happy to let you know that Jason and Andrew’s beloved dogs have been adopted by wonderful caring families and are in their new homes.  The Oconee Animal Shelter did such an outstanding job caring for the dogs and finding them their new homes.

Donations can be made via mail or online. Include a memo stating In memory of Jason and Andrew.

Donate via mail:

Local Dog & Cat Shelter
Oconee County Animal Service
1171 Branch Road
Bishop, GA 30621

Donate online:

Donate via mail:

Local Dog & Cat Shelter
Oconee County Animal Service
1171 Branch Road
Bishop, GA 30621

Donate online:

Update: Beau, Buddy, Cita, and Gremlin have all been adopted by wonderful, caring families!

If you wish to send a card to the family, send to the following…

For Rosemary, Robert and her family:
Rosemary Gladstar and Family
P.O. Box 572
Waitsfield, VT 05673

For Andrew’s Mother:
Valentyne Edgewood
P.O. Box 572
Waitsfield, VT 05673

For Andrew’s Mother of the Heart:
Eleanor Kuntz
P.O. Box 572
Waitsfield, VT 05673

For Rosemary, Robert and her family:
Rosemary Gladstar and Family
P.O. Box 572
Waitsfield, VT 05673

For Andrew’s Mother:
Valentyne Edgewood
P.O. Box 572
Waitsfield, VT 05673

 

For Andrew’s Mother of the Heart:
Eleanor Kuntz
P.O. Box 572
Waitsfield, VT 05673

 

Share a prayer, poem or message here for us to all hold them with love.

Thank you for all your love and support during this time. It is only with the support and love of family and friends that what is unbearable becomes a little easier to bear.

With love, from the family of Jason and Andrew

307 Comments

  1. kathy smith

    Dearest Rosemary, I hold you in the tenderest corner of my heart as you move through the unimaginable loss of Jason and Andrew. Your maternal love was always present. Almost 30 years ago you helped transform my life into one that allowed me to share my love of plants with others. You led us, always with grace and ease, to witness, taste and live the green way. You have the uncanny skill to tap into that which is quiet, unspoken, nonverbal. In that space is another world, another level that is lush, verdant, where worries cease and the world is whole.
    This spot, call it heaven, or Eden, or the center of the universe, that is where we all want to reside. It’s peaceful there. Neither war nor disease exist. This is where I imagine your boys are. You can visit and yet, you have to come back to us for your path is here, among us.
    Hug the trees, maybe blindfolded as you taught us to do so many years ago. Hold on and let go. Those are the skills you will hone. And we will be there beside you. With you. Always. With much love, from a corner of my heart, Kathy

  2. Michelle Caron

    Dear Rosemary and family,

    Since yesterday was Mother’s Day, I kept you and your mother in my heart, sending love and prayers your way. I have kept you and your whole family in my prayers since hearing this extremely sad news after you shared it with us publicly. Grief, while it never really goes away entirely, is certainly better when shared with others; so I (and so many others) share your grief over this tragic loss and will continue to remember you and your family in my daily prayers. You are such a strong, courageous, inspiring woman and mother.

    I can see in the photos that you shared what incredible people your son and grandson were, and are, from where they are now. What amazing, huge hearts they have to have taken in a home filled with animals whom they loved and appreciated…and what a beautiful, caring family you have! I am grateful for your influence on your family and on this world, who so desperately needs the love of people like you and of people like Jason and Andrew.

    I am sending you and your family so much love, returning that amazing love that you and your son and grandson put out into the world to you with wishes for comfort, for kindness, and for all the support to surround you that you may need at this time and in the future. Thank you for being your beautiful, amazing self and for sharing so freely with all of us. You are more loved than you may ever realize by people across the country and world.

    Jason and Andrew will be remembered as a beautiful father and son who made a positive difference, just as you make a positive difference for so many people, including me.

    We are never really alone…and there is no death. You are surrounded by so much love and appreciation now and always. Sending you my sincere condolences and support.

    With love, prayers, and hope!

  3. Barbara Aspland-Wolf

    Rosemary,
    Upon reading of Jason’s and Andrew’s passing, your story of the horseback trip you took with your friend and young son comes to mind. Memories help while the heart grieves. I know you are enfolded in the love of family, friends, and plants. I offer my hugs and love to you as well. May your moments of sorrow be balanced with memories and laughter. May you feel the warmth and caring of those around you.

  4. Debra Ponte

    Rosemary, I had no idea. Prayers for their souls and prayers for you and your Daughters and Mom, on this Mothers Day . I am so so sorry for this major loss in both sides of the families! Thank the lord the animals adopted and safe also. Take care dear lady!

  5. Joslyn

    Dear Rosemary,
    I would like to offer my deepest sympathy for the loss of your boys. Prayers for you and your family as you work together to help each other through an unimaginably difficult time. May your memories comfort and keep you.

  6. Rebecca Rose

    Dear Rosemary,

    Wishing you a peaceful Mother’s Day‍♂️

    Thank you, from the bottom of all our hearts, for sharing your life and love with us for so many years. May Great Spirit comfort and hold you as you try to bear the passing of your beloved son and grandson. We are with you always as you have been with us always.

    I thank you especially for being a bright guiding light in my life since I first went on walks with you on the Russian River in the late 1970’s. I thank you for supporting me when my husband passed and my son was just beginning his life as I would walk across the Guerneville bridge with him in his stroller to your herb store haven. I thank you for taking the time at Breitenbush to sign my beloved copy of your Family Herbal which is always close at hand and for sharing some words with me. I thank you for being a pillar of hope for me through some of my hardest moments helping me to know that there is a loving community in this world and that I am not alone. May you feel the fullness of this loving community as we are sending comfort to you and all your family.

    The forget-me-nots are so abundantly beautiful this year connecting all our hearts on earth and heaven.

    Blessings to all always, love,
    Rebecca Rose and Raeben Regello

  7. linnie

    Dear Rosemary and family,

    I know you and your family only through your heartfelt sharing of your knowledge.

    I do know, though, that every time I see your smile, it is so genuine, and comes from a place of such love and beauty, that those you birthed, mothered and grandmothered must also have shone their beautiful, heart-based lights upon people.

    I can’t find words.. I simply send love and gratitude to all of you, from my heart. .

    ❤️

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