GRANBY - Nicholas Steven Cayo, 12, of Country View Lane, passed away Dec. 15, 2012, at home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with a high-grade astrocytoma brain tumor.
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He was born Dec. 16, 1999, in Springfield, son of Edward and Michelle J. (Carey) Cayo of Granby.
He was raised in Granby and was a student at East Meadow School until he had to stay at home due to his illness.
Nick loved listening to the big hair bands from the 80's and 90's and enjoyed hanging out and going off roading with his best buddy and best friend, his Dad.
He will be remembered for many things, but most of all his wonderful sense of humor and the way he continued to make people laugh even during his illness.
Besides his parents, he will be greatly missed by his grandparents, Steven and Debra Carey of Belchertown; Betty Cayo of Leeds; his late pepere Donald Cayo; his great-grandparents Irvin and Jane Tomlinson of Belchertown; his uncle Tim Carey and his wife aunt Nancy and cousins, Erica and Jillian of West Springfield; godmother Tanyelle Duchesne; half sister Ashley Redmond; and step brothers, Rickey and Randy.
The family also wishes to extend gratitude to three special friends, who touched their lives throughout Nick's journey, Mike Heisler, Jettie McCollough and Chuck Reynolds. They also extend thanks to Dr. Nathan Robison, Dr. Cori Liptak and the entire oncology team at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
Calling hours will be Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Beers & Story South Hadley Funeral Home, 646 Newton St. (Rt116), South Hadley. A celebration of life Service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Jimmy Fund, Brain Tumor Clinic, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 18, 2012