A Tewksbury family, already reeling from the untimely death of their husband and father, received another jolt when they returned home after his wake Tuesday night.
Their home had been burglarized.
Tewksbury Police are investigating the break-in at 117 Elm St., a home Wayne Fleury had shared with his wife Laura and their children. Wayne, 48, died on Dec. 7, just three weeks after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
The wake, attended by hundreds of mourners, took place Tuesday evening at the Tewksbury Funeral Home on Main Street. Laura Fleury returned home to find her home ransacked and many items of value, both monetary and sentimental, gone.
Items taken included a wallet, a safe, an iPad, an iPod, a camera, an Xbox game system, a Wii game system, personal memorabilia, and a lap top computer. That lap top had belonged to Wayne Fleury and included family photos and music projects that Wayne, a musician and DJ, had been working on.
T.J. Callahan's Pub, owned by Fleury family friend Dawn Callahan, has stepped up to help the family during this difficult time.
The pub will be hosting the bands Dawghouse and Forget The Former on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 6 p.m. Forget The Former is referring to it as their "End of the World" concert, alluding to the belief held by some that the Mayans predicted the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012.
Callahan says that 100 percent of the cover charges from the Dec. 16 show would be donated to the Fleury family. Also, there will also be a 50/50 drawing along with raffles, with all proceeds going to the Fleury family.For more information, email email@example.com.
In addition donations made be made to the Wayne P. Memorial Fund c/o
Lowell Five Bank, Tewksbury, Mass. 01876.