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Tewksbury Man Dies From Injuries Sustained In New Year's Morning Snowmobile Accident

Jan 07, 2019 12:44AM ● By Bill Gilman
A 26-year-old Tewksbury resident, seriously injured in a snowmobile accident last week, has succumbed to his injuries.
James Nicholas Leavitt died just after 5 p.m., Jan. 3 at Boston's Beth Israel Medical Center, according to a Facebook posting by his sister, Shauna Leavitt.
Leavitt had been celebrating New Year's eve with friends and family at his family's vacation home on Balch Lake in East Wakefield, NH, Leavitt was riding his snowmobile on the frozen lake, with friend Molly Boen, 25, of Stoughton, when the accident took place around 1 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1. 
Both unconscious when rescue workers reached them. The victims were initially taken to Frisbee Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Leavitt was then transported to Beth Israel Hospital and Boen transported  to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Details on Boen's condition have not been made available.
Just two days before the tragic accident, Leavitt had become engaged to longtime girlfriend Amanda Butler, proposing on the ice of the same lake, surrounded by family and friends.
Leavitt worked as a service manager of East Coast Flightcraft in Middleton. The company released the following statement on its Facebook page.
"Today Heaven got another Angel. We were all blessed to have had James come into our lives many years ago. He brought us joy and laughter, that only he could. He was the guy always happy, always welcoming, always making you feel included. He was such a BIG part of our Work Family and our Home Family. You will always be in our hearts and minds.. You will be missed so much."
According to his sister, Leavitt was a registered organ donor, and following his death, his kidneys, liver and tissue were donated to patients.
"James Leavitt was a brother, a son, a fiancé, a nephew, an uncle, a best friend and a cherished co-worker. But more than that, he was an incredible, selfless and forgiving human being," wrote Shauna Leavitt. "He lived every single day of his short life, making others laugh and enjoy themselves whenever possible. He hugged you with all of his might, poked fun at you and teased you, and never let anyone feel alone or forgotten. He loved as much as humanly possible and every single person he met, felt that love."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Leavitt Family with funeral expenses. Click here to contribute.

James Leavitt’s Services are as follows:

Funeral at 12-1pm on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
Westview Cemetery
520 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 

Celebration of Life: 1-5pm after funeral 
American Legion
162 Winn Street,
Burlington, MA

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