A recent Burlington High School graduate, lover of football and hockey and aspiring first responder who always wanted to help others tragically passed away in an automobile accident this week.
Joseph “Joey” Tyler Fournier passed away in a single car accident on Monday morning, November 1, 2021, at just 18 years old, his obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home states.
Joey was born in Boston and grew up in Burlington. As a child and teenager he was involved in many sports but loved football and hockey the most. He played high school hockey and also played for the Eastern Mass Senators hockey team for several years. He was a 2021 graduate of Burlington High School and was currently in school studying to become an EMT. His goal was to become a firefighter.
“Joey had a kind and loving heart,” his obituary reads. “He was known for putting others first, never judging, and always making sure everyone around him was welcomed with open arms. Joey was selfless, known for always being the mediator when times were tough and was the glue that kept everyone together. He was the host, the planner, and the dreamer. Joey lit up a room just by walking into it. He wore his heart on his sleeve and treated those he crossed paths with like they were family. Joey’s smile and his laugh were contagious. He loved being with his family and friends just as much as they loved being with him.”
“Joey was a special gift to his parents,” his obituary continues. “He brought so much joy to their lives from childhood, to his teenage years and into young adulthood. He had an incredible connection to his siblings Matt and Alayna. As children they were inseparable, always together and looking for the next adventure. That bond grew stronger as they entered into their teen years as did their love for each other.”
As a family, they shared many unforgettable moments. Family vacations, countless trips to zoos, aquariums, amusement parks and their many family gatherings with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles will always be treasured memories.
“Joey’s life was a true blessing,” his obituary reads. “He loved his family and friends unconditionally and never hesitated to share that love which will live eternally in our hearts forever.”
Joey was the loving son of Thomas & Maria (Ntakoulas) Fournier. He was the fun and loving brother of Matthew and Alayna Fournier. He was the proud grandson of Theodore & Helen Ntakoulas of Brockton and Ronald and Jeanne Fournier of Burlington. He was the nephew of Georgia Marmanidis of Billerica, Michelle & Daniel Carney of Burlington and Taso & Christine Ntakoulas of Pembroke. He was the cousin of Nick, Ted, Sophie, T. J., Erica & Katie. He was also survived by many dear friends.
Burlington High School students and alumni are planning a candlelight memorial in honor of Joey following the BHS football game on Friday night. They will walk from Varsity Field to the Town Common following the end of play sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m. where candles will be distributed and remarks on Joey’s life made.
“I have personally known Joey since prior to kindergarten,” wrote BHS 2021 Alum Sydney Hovasse on social media. “From Memorial Elementary School to Marshall Simonds, and all the way to Burlington High he was a friend to all. He would brighten up any situation with his humor, whether it be inside a classroom or out of school. I know how much he touched every single person who knew him in such a profound way… Please do check up on each other, and Rest in Peace to the most amazing person, he will certainly not be forgotten.”