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Waterford Christmas Parade honors Anthony Blaauboer

November 25, 2018 09:59 AM

WATERFORD- "The whole thing is about how kind Anthony was and hoping that inspires other people to be kind to others, just to be a way of life because it was Anthony's way of life" said Keri Blaauboer Piskin, Anthony Blaauboer's aunt.

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Anthony Blaauboer's legacy lived on at the annual Waterford holiday parade on Saturday. Frigid temps didn't stop hundreds from lining the town streets as family and friends marched in honor of Anthony while also trying to spread some festive cheer.

"It's a bittersweet thing, it's hard to get through it without my son but what these people have done and the community has done it's terrific" said Jeff Blaauboer, Anthony Blaauboer's father.

Anthony died in August after drowning in the Mohawk river. He was a child with special needs and his family thinks he may have been searching for what he called treasures in the river when he passed.

"It was a terrible loss, the community still feels for it, so to be able to be out here and show support, it's just wonderful" said

Robert Zordan, of Waterford.

Organizers say many people loved seeing Anthony at the parade year each year, so including him in some way made perfect sense.

"A lot of the students wanted to do something for him so I thought we could march in the parade for him to spread kindness around" said Nicole Hotaling of Waterford.

As the community continues to grieve, many have tried to further his mission of being kind and loving with a movement they call #bekindforanthony. Family saying it's another wonderful way they can remember Anthony.

"We just want to honor him and keep his memory alive, we don't want people to forget about Anthony and the kindness" said Blaauboer Piskin.

"It means so much to myself and my wife. He's not really gone, he's still a part of this whole thing, the kids from school, the sports teams, it's phenomenal" said Blaauboer.

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Muneib Chater

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