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Teresa Lakin
(1935 - 2009)


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Name: Mrs Teresa Lakin
Nick Name: Terry
Gender: Female
Age: 73 years old
Lived: Thursday, 19 December 1935 - Monday, 9 November 2009

My Story

The Eulogy of My Sister Terry
by Gary Tobin

April 24, 2010

We come together today in a memorial remembrance to the life, love and work of a remarkable woman, my sister Terry who was a mother, a grandmother, great grand mother, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a neice and a friend. Today her memory will be honored by all the people she touched. Her influence on us will not end with her passing. She lives on in the goodness of her children and the love and guidance she instilled in grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Terry was a daughter of Charlestown, Lawnwood Place and Decatur St. She was very proud of her Irish Townie heritage. My early childhood memories are of Decatur St. at Christmas…the clamor and chaos of that apartment with Terry, Wally, five kids and an assortment of other family members all crammed in there having a very Merry Christmas. I remember with fondness that as a warm and friendly place. There were struggles in the early years, but her children always came first. She persevered with resourcefulness, ingenuity and humor, and came through the hard times with grace and poise. I remember the summers in the pool on Bonair St. and the laughter of Terry and Wally with their children.
Terry would reign over her family with a strong loving hand. The fruits of her nurturing can be seen today in the character of all her children, Christine, Theresa, Wally, Bobby and Linda. Your mother is very proud of you. Her children describe her as a best friend. There can be no better compliment than that. Her daughter Teresa once said that her mother was the strongest, bravest woman in the world and a wonderful friend. My sister was one of those rare people who combined inner strength with outward compassion. She had a humility that allowed her to laugh at herself.

Terry gave of herself unselfishly and with kindness. In my own case, she got me my first job in photography and that job turned into a career, She housed me when I did not have a place to stay and fed me for year while I was between school and work. When I tried to say thank you, she would have no part of it. She would just say, “We’re family that’s what we’re supposed to do.” She never wanted the acknowledgement for all she did. Whenever anyone needed help, she helped. To Terry it was just that simple.

Today, she is with her beloved Wally, and our mother Mary, along with all her dogs in a peaceful place with God. It is reassuring to know that she will be there waiting for us when our time comes. Unfortunately, the toast and tea that cured so many ailments throughout the years could not overcome cancer. I think that is the only time that Terry’s toast and tea failed to work. When told of her impending death, she did not waste time worrying. She got right to work assigning everyone a task. She lived her life to the fullest right up to her last day.

As we go forward, we know Terry will always be with us. You may ask how we will know when she is there.

When we are baffled by some situation and somehow find a way to handle it, that will be Terry. When we understand someone who is misunderstood, that will be Terry. When we are able to turn discord into harmony, that will be Terry. When we are overwhelmed with despair and somehow find hope, that will Terry. When we are caught in the sadness of a bad day and suddenly we find joy, that will be Terry. When we have resentments and they turn to forgiveness, that will be Terry. When we have doubt and somehow find faith, that will be Terry. When we choose to comfort someone rather than be comforted ourselves, that will be Terry. My sister Terry brought the light into a darkened room. She brightened and inspired everyone around her.

We will all never forget the little things she did, her Christmas ornaments, her weather reports, or her voice at the other end of the phone when we needed to vent or needed reassurance. Her laugh was infectious; once she started, the laughing wouldn’t stop till we were holding our sides.

Terry would not want us to think of her death as an end. She never wanted to see anyone cry. She gave orders that there will be no prolonged crying over her passing, a difficult order to follow.

Now as we say goodbye, let us always remember how she touched our lives. Remember that her life was based on the values of family. We are all better people for having Terry in our life. She will be in our hearts and memories forever.

Terry has no unfinished work here on earth; her job is complete. She was ready when God took her. It is only by dying that she has been awakened to eternal life. Be grateful that you were all part of Terry’s life. Her life was a gift to all of us to be cherished. The influence of her beautiful, helpful and hopeful character will live on.

There is an old Irish saying, “Death brings us heartache that nothing can heal, memories are a treasure no one can steal.”

Remember you are never alone, just ask for help and Terry’s spirit will be there.



LAKIN, Teresa "Terry," 73, of Spring Hill, Fla., passed away Monday, November 9, 2009, at her residence. Born in Somerville, Mass., December 19, 1935, she was a retired photo finisher and was Roman Catholic by faith.

Terry was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lakin Jr. Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Donna Lakin III of Belmont, N.H., and Robert and Annemarie Lakin of Lawrence, Mass.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Andrew Bellizia Jr. of Medford, Mass., Teresa and Barry Mooney of Everett, Mass., and Linda and Kevin Stack I of Spring Hill; a brother, Gary (Nancy) Tobin of Hudson, Mass., and a sister, Carol (Philip Sr.) Lakin of Spring Hill.

Terry is also survived by 13 grand-children and 11 great-grand-children.

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Spouse's Name: Walter Lakin
Children's Names: Walter, Robert, Christine, Teresa, Linda
Siblings Names: Carol, Gary
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Spring Hill
Marital Status: Widowed
Religion: Catholic



Place of Passing: Spring Hill, FL
Date of Passing: 9 November 2009

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