NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 7, 2013

Ronald James Antanavich, 4


Seabrook, NH — Ronald James Antanavich, 4, born April 6, 2009, passed away suddenly and peacefully in his sleep at home on the afternoon of Monday, November 4, 2013.

Ronald was the son of James R. and Michelle Lee (Gerrish) Antanavich, Jr.

Ronald gave new meaning to the word fighter. Being born 15 weeks early at 1.14 lbs. along with his twin sister, Elizabeth, Ronald fought for every breath he took. At 29 days old Ronald became the surviving twin when his sister received her wings, but he continued to fight and get stronger little by little every day. After a 230 day stay in the ICU of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, he came home with a tracheostomy, ventilator, oxygen support and many health challenges.

While at home Ronald was able to have his ventilator removed, no longer needed oxygen support, and made living with multiple challenges seem easy.

Ronald was blessed with the most amazing eyelashes and red hair, incredible blue eyes that you could get lost looking into, perfect cheeks and a smile so precious it melted the hearts of anyone he smiled at.

Ronald had the biggest heart and loved his family so much. He instilled all his sisters with pride and joy. He gave his dad a happiness that only a father and son can share. He gave his mom the sparkle in her eyes, her reason to smile, and filled her missing piece of her soul. Ronald gave everyone he knew a reason to believe in miracles.

Ronald held the title of Seabrook’s Baby Ambassador of 2010, 2011 and 2012. He loved going to feed the birds at Seabrook Harbor, car rides, music, books, preschool and going to stores. He loved playing with his sisters, getting hugs and kisses from his family, and loved to snuggle as much as possible with mommy.

Ronald loved to have everyone’s complete attention at all times and knew how to get what he wanted without having a voice to do so. He had a way about him that made everyone feel blessed to know him. He was the heart and soul of his family. In his passing Ronald takes with him the keys to their hearts.

Ronald joins his twin, Elizabeth and has received his wings. In doing so he leaves behind his parents; four sisters, Hannah Antanavich, Brooke, Becky and Bethany Hill, all of Seabrook; paternal grandmother, Trudy Antanavich of Mims, Fla.; maternal grandmother, Lee-Anne Gerrish of Seabrook; aunties and godmothers, Michelle Heywood and Sherri Bloom, many aunts, uncles, great-grandparents, cousins, many friends of the family from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center ICU family and David House.

ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013, at the home of Michelle Heywood, 233 South Main Street, Seabrook. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Assistance with the arrangements was by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Ronald’s memorial Web site, sign the tribute wall, or for directions.