2015-03-06 / Obituaries

Andrew Hayes Eagleson

Andrew Eagleson (“Drew”) of Kennebunk passed away on Feb. 23, 2015. Drew is now at peace following a brave struggle with brain cancer, lasting over two years. Throughout his fight Drew never lost his infectious glow and impish sense of humor.

Drew was born on Nov. 3, 2008. From early on, he was a “problem solver” and continued to enjoy puzzles even after becoming ill. He maintained a bright, sunny disposition and penchant for silliness throughout his short life. Drew could always bring a smile to the face of his family, friends and caregivers. Drew enjoyed Legos and fire trucks (even better when combining the two). He had a smile from ear to ear when the team of Engine 41/Ladder 14 in Boston let him work the ladder. Drew also liked to play mini-golf, and to add to his collection of colorful golf balls. He was perhaps less constrained by his physical limitations when in the water, and as such his swimming lessons at KBIA and the YMCA were a highlight, as were the special occasions when he got to go on a waterslide.

Drew’s capacity for warmth was expressed fully in his great love for animals, most of all for his chocolate lab, Leroy. He attended Cocoons preschool in Kennebunk, where he was especially fond of the miniature horse, Puddle. He was very attached to his longtime nanny Chelsea, and loved to joke with her and play with her dog, Lola, and their special friend, Evelyn. During his last few months, Drew attended kindergarten at Kennebunk Elementary School, where his teachers helped him read to the therapy dog, Campbell. Even when he was not feeling well enough to play, his favorite videos to watch were of cartoon dog Scooby-Doo.

Drew is survived by his brother William, 8, parents David and Alice Eagleson of Kennebunk, grandparents Dennis and Pamela Eagleson of Kennebunk, and grandparents Dr. Robert and Mrs. Henriette Stackpole of Elizabeth, New Jersey, as well as numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins. The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our friends who have lent us their strength and support as we carried Drew through his trials. We thank Drew’s medical team for giving him the best care possible: the staff at the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and SMHC Pediatrics. We are particularly grateful to the special nurses who held Drew in their hands and hearts. We thank Drew’s teachers, coaches and caregivers for helping to bring him joy in his short time on Earth. Most of all we thank Drew for sharing his light with us, if only for a short time.

A private memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Drew’s honor be made to either the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (Development Office, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102 or online at fundraising.mmc.org/mccp_ home) or the Barbara Bush Childrens Hospital at Maine Medical Center (Development Office, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102 or online at BBCH. org). Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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