Obituaries: Jamie Summers

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday October 25, 2023
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Jamie Summers
Jamie Summers

October 10, 1954 — September 28, 2023

One of the most beautiful souls in our community, Jamie Summers, died Thursday, September 28, as a result of a car accident on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Our beautiful standard poodle puppy, Bijou, also died.

Jamie was a chiropractor and body worker for over 30 years and was a respected healer. He loved singing and had been a member of the gay men's chorus. He loved people and easily formed deep bonds with friends and clients. He had a gift for seeing beauty and light in people, including the destitute on the street. He was the sweetest, kindest, most gentle, loving, affectionate man I have ever met.

My man, my guy, my moose (I called him moosey) was fun, funny and soulful. Physical touch, acts of service, quality time, and words of affirmation were our love languages.

He was "daddy" to our puppy, Bijou. She brought an amazing amount of joy to us; she was a happy, good girl. I hope he is with her now.

Jamie is survived by two brothers, Don and Gary, who can't imagine life without him. His best friend from childhood, Steve (a third brother really) can't either. Neither can I. There are many dear friends who feel the same way. He is also survived by Robert, his former partner of 30 years.

As his partner, lessons from him include: Always be kind, remember that everyone has an inner battle going on, be gentle with people, and greet people with love.

If we could all be more like Jamie.

Courage, dignity and grace, love and support from others, as well as gratitude for having Jamie as my life partner are what sustain me now.

A Service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 18, at the Emeryville Senior Center, 4321 Salem Street.

I love you, sweetheart

— John Donohie

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