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My god Eric I am so very sorry. The world lost a truly unique and wonderful person today, my heart goes out to you and your family.

Jesse was one of those people that could bring a smile to your face at anytime anywhere. So funny and so kind.

Take solace in knowing that he is no longer in pain and that his energy will live on in all those who's lives he touched with his undeniable spirit.

Rest in peace Jesse

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Jesse was one of the most peaceful and beautiful souls you could ever meet. I saw this in how he treated his brother, his family, his true love Amber, and his friends that he kept close. He was generous with his spirit and with all he owned. He truly gave without wanting or asking for anything back... he truly shared purely because he cared.

One of my first memories of him is staying at his place in London back in the day. Several of us showed up for a Burt show, knowing him only somewhat through Eric, and his house became ours. Crash space was provided, good times were had and the soundtrack he played was impeccable.

He never dominated conversations yet he had an easy way of putting you at ease. He didn't say much, but when he spoke, it was worth hearing.

What I admire about him, is his spirit for life. Packing up the station wagon on countless adventures driving across North America to listen to the music that brought him joy. He always knew just what to pack to make sure the journey went smoothly. I remember driving to Vermont with him, Giggles and Amber to see Trey in a gymnasium-- that's the trip I really got to know him. He drove the whole way I recall and I loved getting that closer time with him to know him more. I remember him opening his house in Peterborough to us afterward on the journey home, driving me to the bus station so I could catch my bus back in time to Toronto.

He threw parties in Peterborough where the doors were open for celebrating life and making great memories. He loved just chilling too, relaxing and being at ease. He exuded the big brother spirit, but never made you feel immature.

He was always learning -- when I first met him, he was studying sound recording in London. I love that he made his dreams come true, building a studio at the house he bought in Peterborough. He built it both for his love of playing music and his love of hearing music from those around him that created it -- never trying to cash in a quick buck from its creation. He was also always exploring the craft of glass blowing. He mastered it, travelling in the summers to craft shows, getting better and better as time went on at his art. I remember casually mentioning once that I liked a pendant he had made. Some time later, on a visit to Toronto he was over at our house and in his sweet as can be way, he presented me with a similar pendant that he had made for me, having remembered me mentioning I liked it. Another time, a piece of glass he had made years before that was passed on to me and meant a lot for my own reasons was broken by a roommate at the time. He heard it was broken, asked to "borrow it" and took it back up to Peterborough and spent time and energy trying to piece it and mold it back together.

Jesse always left an impression, delivered so subtely so as not to seek attention - but heartfelt in gentle, meaningful ways.

These are just a few brief moments mentioned of how he touched my life. He has amazed me many times over the years through other experiences and through second hand stories I have heard spoken of him by his amazing brother Eric. Their brotherhood and love for each other is inspiring. We all looked up to Jesse -- the calm one in the storm that raged.

I believe it is a showing of spirit, his humbleness in not wanting a funeral. Preferring to have friends to get together and gather on another occasion in rememberance is truly the last selfless act of this selfless soul.

My heart goes out to the Robertson clan and to all those that are affected by his passing. Friendly, Amber, Julia, Des -- please call on us, your friends when you need us. We're all there for you. He will not be forgotten, we have all learned something from him in our own ways.

Sending a smile, a few tears and a favourite song out to you tonight, Jesse. RIP brother. xoxoxoM

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"02/17/09 10:21 AM - Post#581117

So I've got some news. I found out on Thursday that I have a temporary case of leukemia. I'm in the hospital now and have started chemo. I'm responding really well and I'm feeling great. Just a temporary imbalance that I'm dealing with and will be back at home within a month.

Please don't worry, I feel good and my mind and spirit are in a very positve and healthy place. So heady vibes and happy thoughts are all I need.

I've been listening to Mr. Garcia all morning and it has got me thinking about all the wonderful people that I have met and will meet from this commnity. Thank you for being you and always remember to tell the ones you love that you love them. "

This was Jesses post after finding out he had cancer.

I think it truely is a testament to his incredible spirit. I realy can't say I ever saw it waver either.

He was definately golden.

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Awful news, I am very moved by all the out pouring of emotions.

Although I didn't know Jesse very well - I sense his spirit and memory will live long. Much love to you and your family Eric.

My sister went through a 2 year fight with leukemia and it was a very hard and difficult time for my family. It was the reason I moved back to Toronto in 2004 from a happy life in Nova Scotia. It's a miracle that she is still alive - at the hospital there were very few survivors. Cancer is such an awful disease and I know way too many people who's families have been deeply affected.

I'm very sorry to hear your loss, may Jesse live on in the music that made him so happy.

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