Owen Preston

April 2, 2008 - April 29, 2017
Owen Preston

Owen Vaughan Preston, 9, of Wilmington passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 after a courageous 16 month battle with brain cancer.

Owen was born in Wilmington on April 2, 2008, the son of Jennifer and Brian Preston and older brother to Luke. He was a third grader at Holly Tree Elementary school and a member of Cub Scouts. He enjoyed playing soccer, jumping on the trampoline, catching frogs, drawing, and reading.

Over his short lifetime, he was able to find the good in situations and share that with others. He spent 6 weeks at the Ronald Mc Donald House of Durham where he formed deep friendships and went on to initiate several fund raisers on behalf of the RMH. He was also a huge fan of his loving team at NHRMC infusion program and looked forward to his visits.

He is survived by his parents, Jennifer Hitch Preston and Brian Charles Preston, and brother Luke of Wilmington; grandparents Margaret and Ronald Preston of New Bern; grandparents Mary Sue and John Hitch of Raleigh; Uncle Chris and Aunt Nancy Preston of Wilmington, Uncle Andy Preston and Lisa Kahl of New Bern, Uncle David Hitch and Kate Ross of Asheville, Aunt Dawa Hitch of Asheville, Uncle Bill Hitch of Asheville, and cousins Conerly, Hunter, and Taylor.

The family will receive visitors at the home on Tuesday May 2, 2017 from 5-7 PM.

A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, Wednesday May 3, 2017 at 4 PM with reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Owen’s memory may be made to:
Ronald Mc Donald House of Durham & Wake
506 Alexander Ave
Durham, NC 27705
NHRMC Foundation for the Pediatric Infusion Program
at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital
2259 South 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • May 02, 2017
    Patti and Tom Pelton says:
    JSo sorry for your loss. We will never forget Owen and his brave struggle at such a young age.

  • May 03, 2017
    Paul Cruess says:
    My deepest condolences. It is clear from all the comments that Owen was an amazing young man. Praying for your family during this difficult time.

  • May 04, 2017
    Ann Bobeck says:
    Dear Brian, Jennifer, Luke and family, We're so sorry that Owen had to leave us so early but what an inspiration he was to the many who were privileged to meet him. May you find healing, peace and comfort in your memories of Owen. With deepest sympathy, Scott and Ann Bobeck Colburn

  • May 04, 2017
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  • May 04, 2017
    Stephanie Gilbert says:
    Brian I am so sorry to hear of Owens passing. I know it's hard to understand why but know that Owen is flying high with the angels and is no longer in pain. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.