Lexington, MA —Christopher Ralph Paterson Tweedy, died Friday, May 19, 2017 in Lowell, Massachusetts.
He leaves his daughter, Joanne Tweedy, his son, Mark Tweedy, his sister, Diana Oliver from CA, and brothers, Robert from Los Angeles and David from England. He also leaves his ex-wife Margaret and his stepdaughter, Helen (some of the names have been changed to protect the innocent).
Christopher was born in Concord Massachusetts on January 9, 1963. He grew up and went to school in Lexington Massachusetts. His father was an electronics engineer and his mother was a psychologist/social worker and house wife. Christopher graduated from Lexington High School in 1982.
Christopher had a hard time growing up with severe dyslexia that made it difficult for him to read and do well in school. However, he had a lot of friends, a sunny disposition and a ready smile.
He started his own landscaping business after graduating high school. Then he met his future wife, married her and had a couple of lovely children. He loved playing with the kids and roughhousing. He also liked to play chess, ski, play hockey and go to the beach with his dog Bandy.
Eventually he got divorced and was separated from his children. His life had its ups and downs but he knew that he could always rely on the support of his parents.
What happened next was a nightmare of drugs, prison (he always maintained his innocence) and the mean streets of the city. He couldn’t get a job and ended up homeless in Boston. He told me that he avoided shelters because, as he said, they were scary.
He finally got a place to live in Lowell with his father paying rent. When the apartment building in Lowell was condemned he ended up on the floor of the living room in an apartment he rented from two friends. His father was senile and his mother had died ten years earlier. And then he lost his father.
After his father’s funeral everybody said their goodbyes and scattered off to their cars. When the last of the guests went out the door, Chris looked lost, alone and left out. He had no place to go. He loved his family too much.
Then he went back to Lowell, went into his tent and overdosed on heroin. The Lowell police found his body a few days later. His life was tragic and he will be missed more than words can ever express.
A funeral service will be held in June at Lane Funeral Home in Winchester MA followed by cremation and a reception?. Please make donations to the CharityWatch Partnership for Drug Free Kids in lieu of flowers.