Died: June 27, 2012
Avery Jude Reyes died June 27, 2012, after a tragic accident in his family home. At his death he was surrounded by his entire family and ushered to the presence of Christ in the arms of angels.
Avery’s life, though such a short six years, was one of beauty and wonder. Born on March 10, 2006, Avery cemented the unbreakable bonds of brotherhood, as he became instantly the inseparable best friend of his big brother Donovan Joseph (now 7). Nearly 3 years ago they welcomed another brother to their fold, James Caden (2 - ½), and the trio have recently been excitedly awaiting the arrival of the new little sister for whom they had prayed so much—baby sister Reagan Ashleigh is due to arrive this September.
Through Avery’s eyes the world was not an ordinary place, and He marveled at the wonders of God’s creation. He was known as our beloved “little engineer,” as he embraced a world of creativity at which we could only marvel. He graduated Kindergarten from Flour Bluff ECC in May, and was proudly looking forward to making his mark in first grade. If you asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would have answered: “An Army Engineer or maybe a creator for Lego-Land.”
His charitable and shepherd-like spirit overwhelmed us all, as he transformed before our eyes from rambunctious rascal to the doting usher on the playground who made sure all of his friends were included and cared for. His heart belonged to his momma, Kateri Reyes; for at the end of every day he made sure she felt like a princess, loved royally by this magical prince. His Father Joey Reyes was Avery’s true admiration, and it was Joey’s prior military service in the US Army National Guard that inspired Avery to look forward to a world which he too could serve through his own sacrifice.
Avery is joined in Heaven by his 4 angelic siblings who left this world before him due to miscarriage—babies Anthony, Gianna, Theresa, and Karen have welcomed him to Heaven.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2012 from 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. at the Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Home. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7pm on Sunday evening at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Avery’s Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 2, 2012 followed by internment at Seaside Memorial Park. In celebration of Avery’s bold and bright life, we ask that all attending his funeral wear the bright warm colors of the JOY he brought us all.