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DUCATELLI, Drew, ascended to Heaven to watch over all of us on Sept-ember 17, 2012, after a courage-ous and inspiring 18 month battle with cancer. Drew passed away in peace surrounded by his family. Drew was deeply loved by his family and everyone who knew him. His passing has had a significant impact on his extended family, friends and the community. Born a Texan, he lived in McKinney, Texas, for nine years and then moved to Tampa, Florida, for five years, where he attended Berkeley Preparatory School prior to returning to Texas where he attended Southlake Carroll High school. Drew maintained unconditional love for his family and friends and was widely known for putting the needs or problems of others as priorities in front of his own, even when his personal challenges were at their worst. Drew's inner strength and tenacity in fighting whatever obstacles were put in front of him were an inspiration to all. Drew possessed a unique understanding of the fragility, as well as the value of life and lived every day to its fullest, always with a smile to share with others regardless of the situation. Drew maintained his unwavering support of the Washington Redskins and Texas A&M where he was destined to attend college with the intent to focus in the medical field where he could use his personal experiences to be more compassionate, impactful and effective to victims of childhood disease. Throughout his life, he had a passion for spending time with friends, playing football, hunting with his father and brother, driving his lifted F-150 and loved to get involved with anything that involved technology. Drew was a member of the Berkeley and Southlake Carroll football teams. Mere words cannot express the joy and love Drew brought to our family and his friends that will remain in our hearts for eternity until we see him again. Drew is survived by his parents, Tom and Kristen Ducatelli of Westlake, Texas; brother, Alex Ducatelli of Westlake, Texas; grandparents, Jim and Bea Ducatelli, Bill and Joanne Fletcher, all of McKinney, Texas; great-grandmother, Marcy Manuel of Salinas, California; many other loving family members and friends. A mass with a celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church, 1000 Tinker Road, Colleyville, TX 76034. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit www.tjmfuneral.com In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make deductible donations to the Drew Ducatelli Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 93598, Southlake, TX 76092. A scholarship fund is being set up by the family in Drew's name at Southlake Carroll High School to award each year to a Southlake Carroll graduating senior that demonstrates the courage, friendship, community impact, commitment to education and Dragon fighting spirit Drew was known for.

Published in TBO.com on Sept. 21, 2012