Jamie Shennan 1995 – 2018



Jamie was born on August 10th 1995 and passed away on June 9th 2018.

He was the youngest of our three chidren, he was only 22 when he was one of three young men killed in a motor vechile crash caused by a distracted, intoxicated driver in Portland Oregon.

He lived life to the fullest. He never was one to sit around wondering what if, he just did it. Jamie loved music and taught himself the guitar and keyoard. He also spoke a little German.

Jamie started work at the age of 11 working in a $2 shop with his 2 older sisters. He left school after getting an apprenticeship as a motor vehicle mechanic. After finishing his apprenticeship Jamie wanted to see the world, so at the age of 21 he left home and worked as a mechanic at different motor vechile companys. He then decided to head to the Netherlands to become a high tech engineer with a large international company.

He had visited Germany, England, Netherlands, Bali, Indoneasia, and had worked in 4 of these countries in his short 22 years.

At the time of the crash he was living the dream, and had met the love of his life who he had been in a relationship with for 2 years.

Jamie suffered a catastrophic brain injury during the crash. He died two days later, fortunately we had had the conservation with Jamie about organ donation, he was a registered organ donor.

Jamie donated his heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas, tissue from his lungs and small intestines were used for research.

This has been a true comfort to our family, espeacilly having direct contact with his liver and heart recipients. Recently we meet Jamie's heart recipient and got to listen to his heart keeping someone else alive!


Jamie touched so many lives and continues to do so even though he has gone.