Cathleen A. Wyman
FUNERAL HOME
Sullivan Funeral Home - Hanover
551 Washington Street
Hanover, MA
Cathleen Anna Melanson Wyman, age 32, of Hanson, passed away at home April 23, 2015, after a long battle with drug addiction. She was born January 13, 1983, in Weymouth. Cathleen graduated from Norwell High School in 2001. She was well known for her outgoing bubbly personality and her infectious laugh. No matter where she was she would flash her beautiful smile and with her gift of conversation, you became friends instantly. Everyone that knew her always said, she had a way to capture your attention the moment she walked into a room. Having worked at various jobs over the years, she was currently employed at the Hanson Dollar Tree store as a manager and was attending American Intercontinental University majoring in Criminal Justice to obtain her bachelor's degree, with the emphasis on Corrections and Case Management. Her studies earned her place on the Deans List. Affectionately known as Cathy or Cappa she had a passion for reading, a love of animals (especially her cat Buddy), country music, and music written about addiction, the Boston Red Sox, Nascar (Dale Jr.), her signature perfume Tommy Girl, her love for Aerosmith (Steven Tyler), and taking road trips with her friends and family. Most recently she became an aunt and loved her nephew deeply. Steadfast in her devotion to remain sober, she was a member of AA and attended meetings faithfully. Over the past two and a half years of her sobriety her favorite assignment from the group was to coordinate meetings with other AA groups. As she reserved meetings, she wanted to broaden the groups horizons by traveling throughout the South Shore and Boston areas. As she walked up to the podium when it was her time to speak, she wanted others to know there was hope. When she spoke, she was true to a fault and freely spoke her mind as no one else could. As Cathy defied all odds and statistics of this disease, she was referred to as a miracle and a true inspiration to many. As those who struggle with addiction know, it is a daily fight - hour by hour, as it is ever constant. As her family all try to wrap their heads around how this disease pulls their loved ones back in, Cathy succumbed to it on Thursday - but not without a valiant fight. Her mother does not want her daughters legacy of fighting this disease and helping others to stop here - everyone must step up to save their loved ones. This epidemic must end. Though great strides have been made to achieve this, much more is needed. Many came to her for help and she provided support by taking them to meetings, talking at other support network facilities such as Learn to Cope, WATC (Womens Addiction Treatment Center) and had been recently asked to speak at various high schools in the North Shore area. "As there is always hope and for those who have made the decision in the last 24 hours or have countless years of sobriety - you give us strength to continue on and are the forefront for the future." She is survived by her mother, Cynthia L. Wyman of Hanson; her brother, Paul B. Melanson and girlfriend Karen Pacheco; her nieces and nephew, Shayna Pacheco, Shaun Pacheco and Damon Melanson of Taunton; and her father, Bryan P. Melanson and stepmother Rita Melanson of Marshfield. She was the granddaughter of the late Bernard E. and Rosemary Wyman and Ralph and Helen Melanson. Cathleen is survived by a large close knit family that also includes many aunts, uncles and cousins, and by many dear friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can made to WATC (the Womens Addiction Treatment Center) a Section 35 treatment facility in New Bedford - web site www.hptc.org, Learn2Cope - web site www.learn2cope.org, or the South Shore Peer Recovery Initiative web site - www.southshorepeerrecovery.org. Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Home, 551 Washington St., Rte. 53, in Hanover, Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in the First Congregation Church in Hanson, 639 High St., in Hanson. For directions and to sign Cathleens online guest book, please visit SullivanFuneralHomes.com. Sullivan Funeral Homes 781-878-0920 781-293-2020 Family Owned & Operated Since 1897

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Published by The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 28, 2015.
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My thoughts and prayers are with you all. What beautiful words about her and her journey. I was honored to meet Kathy at a womans meeting years ago and watched her grow and spread her message of experience, strenght and hope. What a beautiful woman; always with a smile & yes, an infectious laugh too. She was an Earth angel & now an angel in the heavens. God bless you all.
JoElle
May 1, 2015
Sending caring thoughts and deepest sympathy at your loss.
Katherine Wolfe
May 1, 2015
To Cathleen's family. My heart goes out to you for your support and bravery you have endured with Cathleen's addiction. She is also to be commended for her courage to try to beat this horrible disease.Rest in peace and may you know you have touched many people.
April 30, 2015
God bless and comfort all who know and love Cathleen. Thank you to her family for bravely sharing about her struggle with addiction, and your efforts to support her. May your honesty sharing inspire and encourage other families who live with this burden.
April 29, 2015
Cathy was a ray of sunshine and will be greatly missed
Joell Rosdemond
April 29, 2015
So sorry for your loss.
Muriel McCarthy
April 29, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Wyman family. I only knew Cathy for a few months, but I am truly glad I had the chance to meet her and her infectious smile. She will be missed.
Gabe Hayek
April 28, 2015
Our thoughts are with you. We are sorry for your loss.
Gary and Suki Moore
April 28, 2015
How compassionate a family to share Cathy's story. She sounds like she would like to continue helping others through her life story. You are all brave and kind. So sorry for your loss.
Jo Rose
April 28, 2015
I do not know you or your family, but I want to commend you on your bravery for writing about your daughter's addiction. As a nurse, I see it is such a growing problem that people turn a blind eye to because of the stigma associated. God bless you and your family. I hope your daughter is at peace now. I hope that you continue to fight her battle for her, in talking about the struggle of addiction.
Julie
April 28, 2015
God Bless Cathleen's mother and family for their love and care, and the difficult toll they endured, to support Cathleen, as well as for their willingness to share the valiant struggle of a loved one battling addiction. Each day of sobriety is a hard-fought and hard-earned accomplishment for anyone dealing with addiction. Hat's off to everyone who beats it each new day. Please continue to do so for both yourselves and your families.
April 28, 2015
So sorry for your loss
Muriel Mccarthy
April 28, 2015
Cathy, I'll miss your smile. May you rest in peace. Robin
April 28, 2015
God Bless Cathleen's mother and family for their endless love and the relentless toll they endured to support Cathleen, and for their willingness to share the valiant struggle of a loved one battling addiction. Each day of sobriety is a hard-fought and hard-earned accomplishment for anyone dealing with addiction. Hat's off to everyone who beats it each new day. You're not alone. Please continue to do so for your families, as well as for yourselves.
April 28, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss.
The Forrest Family
April 28, 2015
Rest in peace angel. God how sad this is. Wish I could have done something for this person whom i never knew. My thoughts to her family.
April 28, 2015
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