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Jaydon Ray Dancy, 11, of Salem, died unexpectedly as the result of a tragic accident, June 9, 2017, in Salem.
Born in Salem, he was the son of Michelle Margaret (Cox) Dancy and Raymond Fitzgerald Dancy. Raised and educated in Salem, Jaydon was currently a student at the Carlton School. He previously attended the Bates and Saltonstall Elementary Schools.
A determined student, Jaydon had a love of sports and activities. He played Flag Football, loved to swim, play basketball and was a professional somersaulter. He enjoyed visiting Sky Zone and showing everyone his ability to dance in the air. He could often be found outside skateboarding, riding his scooter or bike and if there was a song playing that he liked he was the first to show you his new dance moves. His essence was contagious and endeared him to all. He had an adventurous spirit, loved mother nature and all its beauty and was a fisherman at heart. His true passion was animals, having been the pet parent to many reptiles over the years. He had many friends and was loved by all.
Jaydon was intelligent beyond his years. He frequently looked out for others wellbeing before his own. He was awarded the Red Cross Hero's Award in 2017 and honored by state and city leaders for his help in attempting to rescue a wayward kayaker. He was generous, popular, sensitive, sweet and loving and will be deeply missed.
Although his life was short, his impact large and he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, sweet angel.
Jaydon is survived by his loving mother, Michelle Margaret (Cox) Dancy of Salem; his father, Raymond F. Dancy of Salem; his brother, Raymond Malik Dancy of Salem; his sister, Desire Dancy of Boston; his niece, Amayah; his nephew, Tristan; his maternal grandmothers, Diane Raschelle of Maynard, Celeste Gosselin and Jewel Mchale of Gray, Maine; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family, friends and people who loved and adored him.
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service which will be held in St. James Church, Federal Street, Salem, Friday, June 16, at 11 a.m. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. A celebration of his life will be held following the burial at the Knights of Columbus, 94 Washington St., Salem. All are invited to attend. As requested, visiting hours are omitted. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq. (at Salem Common), Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Jaydon's memory to the Carlton School, 10 Skerry St., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  June 14, 2017
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