Jéan Paul Meiring (JP)
1st March 1974 to 29th April 2021
On this page we lovingly pay tribute to our beloved Jéan Paul (JP) who passed away on 29 April 2021. JP was fondly known by many as ‘the Legend’ – and was a wonderful father, husband, son and friend to many and will be sorely missed.
JP was one who always wore his heart on his sleeve and let people know how he felt. He could always be relied on for his honesty and speaking his mind.
He lived most of his life according to his motto, “Never Give Up” which is a good inspiration to us all on how to tackle any adveristy that comes our way.
His wise advice and his tough love will be missed but his spirit will remain in our hearts and through our laughter, as we reminisce with all the stories and adventures we were fortunate to share with him.
Late in 2017, at the age of 43 years, JP was shockingly diagnosed with terminal cancer: it had begun in the colon but already spread to his organs including his liver. Receiving the news came completely out of the blue and it felt like a bombshell.
In typical JP style however, he faced the challenge head on and was an inspiring example to everyone. Knowing his time might be short, JP made the most of his final years; many friends and family from all round the world got to spend precious moments together with him, creating lasting memories.
In spite of the long years on chemotherapy and other treatments he showed great strength and courage, even through all the pain and difficult side-effects of the medicines, which was a real testament to his character.
JP’s wish in his final days was that he wanted his family and friends to keep going, to make the most of our days and to live fully, keeping his memory alive in our actions and in our hearts.
He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family which was his final wish.
JP did not lose his fight with cancer; in fact he triumphed over the difficult illness through his positive attitude and in the way that he lived a meaningful life to the end. His final years were filled with love, joyful laughter and numerous meaningful moments which brought great happiness and harmony to his family.
He lives on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.
We would love all who knew Jéan Paul (JP) to contribute your memories and stories, and share in building on this condolences page and also his memorial page: https://rememberancebook.net/memorials/jean-paul-meiring/
JP would have loved the recounting of the experiences and stories we all have of our times together and it will serve as a long-term memoir for his friends and family to enjoy.