New memorial to honor those who died too soon

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jedidiah Woomer loved to fish. He would often drive to East Niagara Street in Tonawanda, put his fishing pole in the water, then wait to catch something.

“If he could get up here, this is where he’d be. He didn’t even need a chair. He would just stand there, hang out and fish, “ Carolyn Jedidiah WoomerWoomer, Jedidiah’s mother said.

Now that Jedidiah can’t physically be there, a memorial is, in his honor.

The 19-year-old died last April. He had pediatric sarcoma and a tumor the size of a football in his chest.

His mother said he had successful surgery to remove it. “When we finally got to surgery. They told us that they got it all and that he had years of life ahead of him. I fell on the ground in tears of joy,” Carolyn said.

Two days later Jedidiah died.

“He died of heart failure 46 hours after surgery. I don’t know. We were in a haze at that point.”

After his death, members of Team up for Cleanup reached out to Carolyn about creating a memorial for Jedidiah. It’s a volunteer organization that goes around the City of Tonawanda cleaning up parks, streets, and cemeteries.

Its founder worked with the city’s mayor to create the memorial.

In addition to the one for Jedidiah, it will also be a place to remember those who’ve passed away too soon from cancer or another illness.

“If this is a place that can be a touchstone, a peaceful place for people to be able to come and just sit and think. I think Jed would love it,” Carolyn said.

The dedication of the Jedidiah Byron Woomer Memorial and Memory Lane Memorial Walkway will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. It’s located on East Niagara Street in Tonawanda.

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