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Tewksbury Marine Mourned By Family and Friends

Jun 19, 2014 09:15AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Lance Corporal Andrew Kraynick (right) with fellow Marine TJ Lee.

The Third Battallion, Second Marines operate by the motto, "Strength and Honor."

According to those who knew him best, Lance Corporal Andrew Kraynick lived those attributes. It's what made him a successful Marine, a good friend and a loving son, brother and boyfriend.

Kraynick, 21, a lifelong Tewksbury resident, was killed on Saturday in an ATV accident in Princeton, WV. He and other Marines from his unit, based out of Camp LeJeune, NC, were enjoying some well deserved furlough time.

Kraynick's mother, Elizabeth Kraynick, said her son had an adventurous spirit and was always interested in taking on new challenges.

"Everything was an adventure for Andrew," she said, in a telephone interview. "He lived life to the fullest ... to the extreme."

Andrew Kraynick joined the Marines shortly after graduating from Tewksbury Memorial High School in 2011. He was joined by best friend Andrew Doherty. According to Elizabeth Kraynick, the boys had planned to use their time in the Marines as a springboard to a career in law enforcement.

"They wanted to become State Troopers," she said. "They used to joke that they wanted to both be troopers so they could play 'good cop, bad cop.'"

Doherty and Kraynick maintained their tight friendship, despite the fact that Doherty found himself stationed in Okinawa, Japan. According to Elizabeth Kraynick, the Marine Corps has agreed to fly Doherty home this weekend for the wake and funeral.

Michelle Gavin grew up near the Kraynick's and said she got to know Andrew well during high school and became good friends.

"Andrew was always an upbeat positive person and always made a way to make everyone laugh and smile when they were around him," she said. "There was never a dull moment when you were with him. The memories I share with him will forever be engraved in my heart."

Besides his mother, Kraynick is survived by two brothers, Eric A. Munnis, Jr. and Derek E. Munnis, his maternal grandmother, Dorothy H. Kraynick of Tewksbury and his longtime girlfriend, Jillian LaBonte of Tewksbury.

A wake for Lance Corporal Andrew Kraynick will take place Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Farmer and Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. The wake is open to the public.
A private burial service, for family only, will take place Monday. Kraynick will be laid to rest in the Tewksbury Cemetery on East Street.

A complete obituary can be found by clicking here.

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