Tyler DeMarco

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DeMarco, Tyler ROTTERDAM Tyler DeMarco, 12, of Rotterdam, went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 while at home with his loving and adoring family by his side. Tyler's earthly departure was the result of a four-year battle with medulloblastoma, a devastating form of childhood brain cancer. Tyler blessed this earth with his presence on May 16, 1997 at Bellevue Hospital in Niskayuna, N.Y. and immediately started to teach the world how to love, live and laugh. It took only a short time before Tyler became well known as "Our Amazing Tyler" for the way he lived his life and enriched the lives of others. Tyler excelled through the Mohonasen Central School District and currently attended 7th grade at the Draper Middle School where he received tremendous love, respect and support of students, parents, staff and administrators. Throughout his life, Tyler remained active in a variety of sports including Rotterdam Little League, Rotterdam Youth Bowling League, CYO Basketball, golf, and wrestling. Tyler is particularly fond of baseball and bowling and excelled at both until the disease limited his physical abilities - nonetheless, Tyler continued the challenge and continued to excel. Tyler proudly received numerous awards throughout his sporting career including the "Sportsmanship Award" and several "MVP" awards in bowling and baseball. Tyler possessed a competitive spirit with the passion and determination to win, excel and achieve, through focus, skill, hard work, integrity, and team spirit and refused to "never give up" until the goal was accomplished. Tyler had always been fondly recognized as "the quiet competitor" for never drawing attention to himself for his natural given talents. Tyler was always considerate and compassionate toward others - he considered everyone a friend. Tyler also maintained a wide variety of varied interests including traveling with his family, billiards, yo-yo, ping pong, swimming, snorkeling, pogo-sticking, rip sticking, bike riding, video games, chess and bull whip cracking. Tyler was always up to a challenge and had a tremendous desire to always be physically active. Tyler is survived by his proud and adoring parents, Donald and Pamela DeMarco; and dedicated, loving brother, Ryan DeMarco; grandparents, Michael and Janet DeMarco of Rotterdam, Gail and Kenneth Heckeler of Glenville, Terrence and Linda Vanier of Duanesburg; several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. We wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the many wonderful and dedicated doctors, nurses and support staff at Albany Medical Center Children's Hospital - Melodies Center for Pediatric Cancer, D-7 North, PICU, Neurosciences Institute - Department of Pediatrics and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., for the supreme level of care, devotion, professionalism and love provided to Tyler and our family during this four-year fight for life. We also wish to thank our devoted family, friends, Mohonasen School District-Draper School, Rotterdam little League, Town Bowling Academy and the entire community who so generously and lovingly lifted us with their many modes of support. Calling hours will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 1, at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Avenue, Rotterdam, NY 12306 to which the public is invited to attend. A celebration of Tyler's amazing life and love will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2 at the East Glenville Community Church, 335 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302 to which the public is cordially invited. Burial will be in St. Cyril Cemetery. It was Tyler's wish to do his part to find a cure for this dreadful disease; therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to Tribute Account #25678042, PO Box 1000 Dept. #142, Memphis, TN 38101 or by phone at 1-800-822-6344 (Tribute #25678042). All donations will go directly to Medulloblastoma research.
Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 27, 2010
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