Obituaries

Fund Set Up for Daughters of Late Portsmouth Teacher

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Little Compton family is accepting donations after the passing of a beloved Portsmouth teacher. 

Caitlin Fennessey Burnett, a young mother and loving wife, died Sunday, Oct. 30, after a battle with cancer. 

A Mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 74 Simmons Rd., Little Compton.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Fern Acres Funeral Home, 72 Willow Ave., Little Compton.

An online fund, named the MEE Fund after Burnett’s 3 daughters, has been set up online. As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., more than $4,000 was donated. 

The following was posted verbatim Tuesday on YouCaring, a crowdfunding website: 

“On October 30, 2016, cancer took Caitlin Fennessey Burnett, a young mother and a loving wife, from our lives far too soon.  Caitlin’s greatest and lasting legacy on this earth are her three beautiful daughters, Margaret (Age 7), Eileen (Age 5), and Eleanor (Age 2).  Aside from mother and wife, Caitlin was so much to so many people:  a lifelong neighbor in Little Compton, a devoted middle school teacher, a classmate at Villanova, a lifeguard and friend at Warren Point Beach Club, the youngest sister to 6 siblings and cherished aunt to 12 nieces and nephews.

“As she bravely faced cancer, her two primary concerns were that her daughters have ways to remember her and that they have every opportunity to follow their interests and passions–whatever they may be.  As the youngest of seven children herself, Caitlin always wanted her daughters to be able to do things she couldn’t do herself.  She felt it was a way to help her memory live on and for Margaret, Eileen and Nora to achieve their dreams.

“All money raised will be placed in a The MEE Fund (named for Margaret, Eileen and Eleanor), to be administered by her loving husband Ed Burnett for the benefit of the girls.  The fund will allow her daughters to participate in educational and extra-curricular activities and provide for whatever needs/desires arise as they grow up.

“Caitlin leaves behind a hole in our hearts that will never be mended, memories that will last forever, and an example of strength that inspired us all. 

“Thank you for your generosity and help in establishing this Fund.

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“*Checks made to The MEE Fund can also be sent directly to:  Santander Bank, PO Box 912, Little Compton, RI 02837.

“**Please know that the site requires a ‘goal amount’ to be given.  We have set no expectation on a target, but just hope that to start something to honor Caitlin’s legacy.  Thanks once again.”

To donate to the MEE Fund, click here

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