Updated: December 06, 2021 08:17 PM
Created: December 06, 2021 06:40 PM
LATHAM - Pat Dunphy grew up in Latham, and went to Shaker. His son Avery died just before Thanksgiving. Family friends want to remember the little boy and celebrate his short life.
A crowd with shattered hearts paid tribute to 6-year-old Avery Dunphy at his funeral in New Mexico, where he lived.
His father, Pat Dunphy, is a Colonie native, and Pat's close childhood friends, the Haddad brothers, spoke at Avery's service.
"But even more beautiful was that the man that he made Pat, just being in Pat's life," said Fareed Haddad. "And I have no doubt that Avery made a mark in all of our lives here today, in one way or the other, but we also know that Avery was sent here to save Pat's life, and he changed Pat's life forever."
This is the last picture father and son took together. pic.twitter.com/fMPgN6dLHP— Kumi (@KumiTuckerWNYT) December 6, 2021
Pat's friends say they just want to do as much as they can to show support for him & his family. They say Avery was a shining light who brought so much joy to so many. Story at 4, 5, & 6 on Channel 13 pic.twitter.com/PglzsyfuZ2— Kumi (@KumiTuckerWNYT) December 6, 2021
Avery loved firefighters. Pat's friends had a helmet made, donated by a Schuyler Heights firefighter, in loving memory of Avery. Story tonight on Channel 13. pic.twitter.com/NpnP4FuKVE— Kumi (@KumiTuckerWNYT) December 6, 2021
Pat Dunphy, a Latham native & Shaker grad, is the father of 6yo Avery Dunphy. Avery was killed just before Thanksgiving in a dog attack in New Mexico. Friends pay tribute to the little boy tonight on Channel 13 at 4, 5, & 6. pic.twitter.com/I96ao43wpa— Kumi (@KumiTuckerWNYT) December 6, 2021
It was just before Thanksgiving that Avery was killed in a dog attack at his grandparents' home in New Mexico.
"Avery was a beautiful boy," said Stefanos Haddad. "He was sweet, he was kind, loving, goofy, and silly. Any room he entered, he brought it to life and filled it with joy."
Avery loved firefighters, and he loved green. Here at home, Pat's friends created a special helmet, with help from Schuyler Heights and Watervliet firefighters, in loving memory of Avery.
As his coffin was wheeled out in New Mexico after the service, a firetruck was there in his honor.
Pat asked his friends to read his words -- father to son.
"To my baby boy Avery," read Fareed Haddad. "You've brought so much love to the world. Your family loves you dearly. Words cannot express the sorrow we all feel, but you are in our hearts forever. I'm so thankful for the time we spent together, the Nerf gun fights, the pillow fights, the campfires, bike riding, and so many trips and memories that I will cherish forever. The world lost a beautiful soul."
Pat's friends say he is going through the toughest time of his life, and they're going to do all they can to show him love and support.
There is a GoFundMe set up for Pat Dunphy.
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