Memorial being held to remember teen found in Mohawk River

August 10, 2018 11:27 PM

Waterford-They say a parent should never have to grieve the loss of a child.. but this week the Blaauboer family of waterford is feeling a pain that is indescribable after their 14 year old son with special needs went missing on Wednesday. 

"We were graced with Anthony's presence, he was a blessing from day one, he was wanted, he was loved and I needed him" said Anthony's father, Mr. Blaauboer of Waterford.


Anthony's body was recovered from the Mohawk river on Thursday not far from the spot where rescue crews found his clothes initially. He was a loving boy, loving boy, they say autism, your child will not love you, will not convey love, will not have feelings. Anthony loved you" said Blaauboer.

Family, friends, teachers, and neighbors all gathered Friday at the Waterford Harbor to remember the beautiful live he lived. Some of his friends saying there will never be anyone like him ever again.

"He was a kind kid all around, I wish I could have a kid like that one day. They raised a young man that was just kind to everyone, people  he didn't even know, he made people happy" said Athony's friend Gavin Boda of Waterford.

Not only did he make people happy but his family says more importantly he lived a life of kindness.

"He was born with it, he just had it. Anthony was honor society, he was loved at school, he had a heart for sports, he tried, he was a good kid" said Blaauboer.

Those closest to him saying he has left a lasting legacy on so many lives.

"He was pure heart, he was special needs but had his way of making you feel special."


Brooke Selby

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