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In Loving Memory of Anthony G. Fairweather
Anthony G. Fairweather, a devoted family man, and hardworking professional, passed away on July 28th, 2023, at the age of 45. His untimely departure leaves a void in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Anthony's dedication to his family was evident throughout his life, but it shone brightest during a challenging period when his uncle, L. Scott Lacerda, battled leukemia. Anthony stepped up in an extraordinary way to support his grieving aunt, Eileen Lacerda, and their son, Ross. In the face of adversity, Anthony assumed the responsibilities of the house, offering unwavering emotional support and financial assistance to his extended family.
It was his grandmother, Nana Jean (Fairweather/Haggarty), who held a unique place in Anthony's heart as the matriarch of the family. Their bond was unparalleled, and he confided in her with the kind of trust and openness that he shared with no one else. Anthony loved his Nana Jean like no other, and her influence on his life was immeasurable.
In his life, Anthony's uncle, Randy Fairweather, played a pivotal role, mentoring him as if he were his father figure. Randy's guidance and wisdom left an indelible mark on Anthony, shaping the man he would become.
Anthony's aunt, Eileen Lacerda, held a special place in his heart from the very beginning of his life. She wasn't just an aunt; she was his godmother, a role she took on with immense dedication and love right from his baptism. Their connection was not merely one of blood but of a profound spiritual bond. Eileen embraced her role as Anthony's godmother with unwavering commitment, ensuring that she would be there for him through every step of his journey. As the years passed, Eileen and Anthony's relationship deepened into a beautiful mother-and-son bond. She provided him with guidance, love, and a sense of belonging that was unparalleled. Eileen's nurturing presence was a constant source of comfort and support, and Anthony cherished the wisdom and warmth she brought into his life. Their connection went beyond the formalities of family; it was a relationship marked by a deep understanding and an unbreakable bond of love. Anthony's aunt Eileen was not just his godmother; she was a maternal figure who played an irreplaceable role in shaping the man he became. Their mother-and-son bond was a testament to the enduring strength of their connection and the love that bound them together throughout their lives.
Anthony's Aunt Heidi Fairweather was not just family; she was a pillar of love and support in his life, treating him as if he were one of her own sons. Her affection for Anthony knew no bounds, and she poured her heart and soul into nurturing their relationship. Anthony might never have fully comprehended just how profoundly he impacted Aunt Heidi's life. He was, and forever will be, etched into her heart, mind, body, and soul. Her love for him was a testament to the unbreakable bonds that family can create, and her unwavering devotion served as a source of strength and comfort throughout his life.
Anthony’s uncles, Richard, Shawn, and Tim were the ultimate companions in boyhood adventures. They rode bikes through winding trails, shared tales of daring exploits, and engaged in typical adolescent activities and games that filled their days with laughter and excitement.
Anthony’s other cousin, Jason Brown, during his time away from their family for over a decade, had remained deeply connected to Jason. Despite the physical distance that separated them, their bond remained unshaken, a testament to the enduring power of family ties. Through letters, phone calls, and occasional visits, Anthony and Jason bridged the gap that life had imposed upon them. Their correspondence was more than just words on paper or conversations over the phone; it was a lifeline that kept their connection alive. They shared stories, exchanged advice, and celebrated each other's milestones from afar. The years may have passed, but their friendship endured, evolving into a unique and cherished relationship that defied the limitations of time and space.
Anthony's cousin Joshua Brown shared many similarities in their life journeys, and together they embraced the duty of familyhood, recognizing the importance of supporting one another through life's twists and turns.
Anthony & his cousin, Jamie King, shared many laughs over the years, as well as enjoyed the nightlife of downtown Newburyport together.
Anthony and Ross Lacerda were great friends who found common ground in their shared interests of golf and skiing. Whether they were teeing off on the greens or carving down the slopes, their camaraderie was undeniable. These shared passions not only brought joy to their lives but also deepened their friendship, creating a lasting bond that extended beyond the fairways and ski trails.
Throughout his life, Damon Souther & his partner Rick, remained Anthony's closest confidant and dearest friend. Through the highs and lows of life, their unwavering friendship was a source of strength and comfort, a monument to the enduring bond they shared. Anthony and Damon had a brotherly connection that transcended words, bound together by love and mutual respect.
Anthony’s cousin, Keith Thompson, was more than just family; he was a friend and a soul brother to Anthony. Their relationship was a unique blend of camaraderie and exasperation that only those with the strongest bonds could understand. Keith had a knack for getting on Anthony's nerves, testing his patience in ways that sometimes seemed limitless. They could bicker and tease each other relentlessly, at times annoying the hell out of Anthony.
Anthony’s Aunt Jackie, who served as both Dale's godmother and Anthony's aunt, including her husband, known as uncle John & cousin Malisa, demonstrated the profound extent of their love and care by extending an open invitation to them, offering a home on her own property. Her generosity was a testament to the unwavering strength of family bonds and the depths of her compassion. In Aunt Jackie's home, Dale and Anthony found not just a roof over their heads but a sanctuary of warmth, love, and belonging. Her selfless acts embodied the true spirit of family, showing that when love guides our actions, the doors of our homes are always open to those in need, regardless of circumstance.
Anthony's Uncle, John Haggerty, was not just a family member but also a mentor who shared his passion for craftsmanship. He patiently and skillfully taught Anthony how to use tools and build things, instilling in him a lifelong love for creating with his own hands. Under Uncle John's guidance, Anthony learned the art of construction and woodworking, forging a bond that transcended generations. These shared moments in the workshop were not just about building physical structures but also about building memories and a lasting connection between uncle and nephew. Uncle John's wisdom and knowledge have left an indelible mark on Anthony, reminding us that the best things in life are often crafted with care and dedication.
When life took an unexpected turn for Anthony, his Aunt Millie Brown & her husband, Bruce Brown, stepped in with unwavering love and compassion. She assumed custody and responsibility for Anthony's beloved puppy, Leo, without hesitation. Millie recognized the special bond between Anthony and Leo and knew how much the furry companion meant to her nephew. Taking Leo under her care was not just an act of kindness but a heartfelt gesture to ensure that the precious bond between Anthony and his puppy remained unbroken. In Millie's home, Leo has found a loving and safe environment, and her selflessness in taking on this responsibility exemplified the true essence of family support during challenging times. Leo continues to thrive, a living reminder of Anthony's presence and the enduring love that connected us all.
And then, there was Caitlyn, the love of his life, whose memory he carried with him always. Anthony never forgot her, for she held a special place in his heart that no other woman could ever replace. Their connection was profound, and Caitlyn remained a cherished part of his story, a testament to a love that left an enduring mark on his soul.
Professionally, Anthony was a dedicated landscaping and construction technician. His strong work ethic and unwavering commitment to excellence earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues, clients & employers. Notably, Anthony faced a challenging situation when one employer failed to recognize his talents. Despite this setback, Anthony's determination remained unshaken, and he moved forward with grace, demonstrating his resilience in the face of adversity. Anthony's work ethic and dedication were exemplary, serving as an inspiration to those who had the privilege of working alongside him. His commitment to his craft was matched only by his commitment to his family.
Anthony is survived by his grandmother, Jean Fairweather, mother Dale Clark-Fairweather, Aunts Eileen Lacerda, Heidi Fairweather, Jackie Haggerty; cousins Jason Brown & Amanda Lynn Scott, Jamie & Jonathan King, Joshua Brown & Tracy Weiker, Ross Lacerda, Melissa Haggerty-Reith, Keith Thompson; younger cousins, Amy, Cameron, Joshua, Callie, Lydia, Lila, Crystal & Phoebe.
Anthony’s mother, Dale, has found solace and strength through her unwavering faith and the guidance of the Lord. With a heart full of love and cherished memories, she has come to a place of peace, knowing that Anthony's spirit lives on in her heart and the hearts of those he touched. Dale's resilience and her trust in the Lord's plan have helped her navigate the difficult journey of grief, finding comfort in the belief that one day, they will be reunited in a place where there is no more sorrow or pain.
Anthony was a pillar of strength during trying times, offering a shoulder to lean on and a guiding hand to his loved ones. His selflessness and resilience showcased the depth of his love for family, leaving an indelible mark on those he helped through their darkest hours.
In Anthony’s memory, let us cherish the example he set as a devoted family man & a diligent professional. His love, kindness, & perseverance will forever serve as a beacon of inspiration to us all. While he may be gone from our sight, his spirit will live on in the hearts that he touched, & his legacy will endure as a testament to the power of love & determination.
Family and friends may call on Sunday October 15, 2023 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950. Anthony’s Service will be held in the Funeral Home following the calling hours at 2:00 PM. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in Anthony's honor, continuing his legacy of support for those in need.
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