Gouverneur man lights up home in honor of his dad

Gouverneur house decoration

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (WWNY) - A Gouverneur man is lighting up his home -- and the December sky -- in memory of his dad.

"It's pretty hard not to miss this from the road," Patrick Sawyer said.

"These are my favorite things to put up," he said of some Santa decorations.

For the past six years he's been decorating his home with as many lights and ornaments as he can possibly fit.

"I love the lights and I love looking at them at night when they sparkle," he said.

And they sure do sparkle.

"I really want my house to look like National Lampoon's Christmas house someday."

Total, he has 10 Christmas trees set up outside and inside his home, but Patrick doesn't just put all of this together for himself.

"For the past year I've been doing this in memory of my dad," he said. "I lost my dad a year ago."

A year ago almost exactly. His dad, Sean Sawyer lost his battle with brain cancer in November of 2018. He was 48 years old.

Patrick decorated one tree in particular specifically for dad.

"He was a very loving father and he always supported me no matter what," Patrick said. "He let me do the lights and, you know, it made me happy, so it made him happy to see me happy."

He says his dad always wanted the best for him. Patrick suffers from a life threatening condition.

"I have osteogenesis imperfecta, it's brittle bone disease," he said, "and I've had 41 fractures."

At one point in Patrick's life, the future did not look so bright.

"They really told me I wasn't supposed to make it, but I'm here, so ..."

The 20 year old says thankfully it's been five years since he's last broken a bone.

Still, he puts all the decorations up himself. It takes him about a week, but to him, spreading the joy to others is what makes it worthwhile.

"It's a dream come true that people get to see it that don't live up here in Gouverneur and get to see it," he said. "It might be work, but I love looking at them and they just sparkle and that everyone has a happy holidays."

Patrick’s work is a reminder that no matter what, you have to let your lights shine bright.

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