Vincent Cosmo Fantazzi joined the angels in heaven way too soon at age 22. In his short life, he touched many with his big heart and warm smile. Cosmo was a loving son, brother and grandson. He was a good worker and, most importantly, a great friend to many people. He always accepted people for who they were and only saw the good in everyone.
He was a carefree young man who never demanded much out of life; a basketball, Carolina blue shorts, an X-box, ESPN, a bowl of Cocoa Puffs, a dish of Stouffer's macaroni and cheese and life was good. Oh, and a Packers win.
Cosmo was born and raised in Fairbanks and loved the community so much that he never intended to leave. He loved sports and grew up playing on the soccer and baseball fields and especially loved "hoopin it up" on the outdoor basketball courts. Many of his lifelong friendships developed in the sports venues around Fairbanks.
Cosmo attended the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks and graduated from Monroe Catholic in 2008. He excelled in basketball and was selected to the Aurora All-Conference Team his senior year. He also played on the school's first football team and even attempted cross country running for a season.
After high school, he could be found playing in the Fairbanks men's basketball league and in tournaments around the state.
Cosmo attended college in Mesa, Ariz., after high school. Missing Fairbanks, he returned home and worked several jobs around town. He was a young man still looking for a career and his niche in the community. He was working for Ringstad Restoration this summer and was intending to go back to school this winter.
Cosmo is survived by his parents, Vincent and Beverly; brother, Matthew; and grandfather, Frank (Yogi) Fantazzi. He also is survived by aunts and uncles, Mike and Karen Fantazzi, Joe and Laura Jo Fantazzi, Kris and Carm Richardson, Jay and Cork Hodges, Jenelle Morris, Clayton Nice of Fairbanks and Robert Nice of San Diego, Calif., and Frank and Maureen Fantazzi of Brookfield, Wis.; cousins, Mike, Angie, Dominic, Christina, Joel, Nicole and Caitlin Fantazzi, Amy Snyder, Katie Ratliff, Kane and Karly Richardson, Stephanie Gable, Shaun and Nick Rocheleau, Ashley Lyons and Mike Hodges.
Cosmo's family would like to send a heart-felt thank you to the Monroe family and Fairbanks community for the prayers, love and support they have received throughout this difficult time. The Golden Heart City refers to more than just a name and location.
A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, in the Holy Family Chapel at the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks, 615 Monroe St. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Monroe Athletics Department.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on August 29, 2012