Jayson E. Sargent, 44
BRIDGEWATER — Jayson Earl Sargent, 44, a longtime resident of Bridgewater, died on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at his home, with his wife and a dear friend by his side, after a heroic battle with cancer.
He was born on June 11, 1973, the son of Dennis and Susan (Braley) Sargent.
Jay grew up in Franklin, and held on to many of his childhood friends throughout his life. He spent many years working at local factories until he took the leap to start an auto mechanics shop with his lifelong friend, Mike Foster of Franklin. Jay’s passion was cars ... muscle cars, antique cars, anything with an interesting motor and character. He could fix anything. He could build a car from scratch.
He was happiest when he was at “The Farm,” a place where he spent so much time as a child and always continued to be where he felt calm and loved and appreciated.
A man of many nicknames, Jinx McSlooth, Rock Star, The Godfather, he was the glue that held the group together, the life of the party. All who knew Jay, loved him. There was no better friend anyone could have. There was never judgment, just an open door to anyone that needed him. Without question, he had a heart of gold and the most wonderful contagious laugh.
Jay always lived life by his own rules, living it to the fullest. He loved the rush from jumping out of a plane or driving as fast as he could down a drag strip. He enjoyed every minute of life while listening to the loudest music he could find.
Jay also had a softer side, especially regarding the true loves of his life, his daughters. He was heartbroken to have to leave them so soon.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer Holmes Sargent of Bridgewater; two daughters, Willow Jay Caissie and her husband Adam of Ashland, and Maya Blue Sargent of Bridgewater; his mother, Susan McNally of Tilton; his sister, Gina Harris and her partner Randy Danforth of Franklin; two grandchildren, Noah Jay and Emma Jean Caissie of Ashland; his aunt, Geraldine Rainville of Merrimack; his nephew and niece, Kiernan and Rylan Harris of Franklin; several cousins, and countless heartbroken friends whom he loved as family.
He was predeceased by his beloved stepfather, Mark Madden of Hebron.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton. A private burial will occur in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to KYMMA (Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive), a local organization that helps cancer patients and their families with groceries, gas cards and basic expenses. Their address is KYMMA, PO Box 322, Plymouth, NH 03264.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.