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
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Published by The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 28, 2015.