A Celebration of Life for a Man Who "Was Always Willing to Help"Posted: Updated:
The sun was shining a light on a crowd people Sunday as they honored the life of a Watertown man, 31 year old Anthony Ubriaco.
"He would be in awe just knowing that people had such high admiration for him," said Maloree Daily, Anthony's girlfriend.
The Celebration of Life held in Adams featured plenty of live music, something that played a huge part in Anthony's life.
"Great singer, amazing guitar player, bass player. He could play the piano. He could play everything," said Gabriel Shepherd, Anthony's friend.
The crowd only grew as the event went on, showing off the amount of people impacted by his life, which ended suddenly.
Over a month ago, Anthony died of a heroin overdose, a victim of what people call an 'epidemic' in the north country.
"Ever since this has happened, I don't think I've realized how much of a big issue this actually is," Daily said. "It's really just unbelievable. It's hard to still come to terms with that happening."
His memory lives on in his friends and family and in his young daughter, Lauren.To help her, the benefit raised money for her college fund.
"I know it will go to good use one day, because she's a smart cookie. Just like her dad, very smart," Daily said.
And people say it's a way to return the favor to man who did the same for others.
"He was always willing to help. We've done a lot of benefits together actually," said Dave Scanlin, Anthony's friend.
"It really makes you want to be a better person that people actually want to help someone so bad in such a way. We miss him so much," Daily said.
Missing him, but never forgetting him.