EGREMONT -- Jared Christopher Tortoriello, 20, of Mount Washington Road, South Egremont, died Monday morning at Children's Hospital in Boston.
Born in Great Barrington on March 7, 1985, son of Frank and Alice Byrne Tortoriello, he graduated this May from Mount Everett Regional High School.
When he was 4 months old, he was hospitalized for giant-cell hepatitis. Two months later, he was diagnosed with inflammation of the esophagus and in March 1986, doctors discovered he had an inoperable tumor in his brain stem. On many occasions, the community helped Jared and his family. There were benefits, one of which was called "Jared's Jamboree," which raised more than $10,000 toward his hospital bills.
He helped his father in the family business, the former Deli on Main Street in Great Barrington, by wiping tables or clearing plates or enjoying an afternoon on the couch watching television.
He enjoyed camping, playing with his Game Boy, watching movies and playing miniature golf. Jared was an avid reader and loved spending time with his family and his dogs.
Besides his mother, Alice Byrne Tortoriello of South Egremont, and his father, Frank Tortoriello of Costa Rica, he leaves two brothers, Matthew Tortoriello of Granby and Nicholas Tortoriello of South Egremont; his paternal grandmother, Florence Tortoriello of Maplewood, N.J., and his maternal grandparents, James and Alice Byrne of South Egremont.
FUNERAL NOTICE -- Services for Jared Tortoriello will be Friday, Sept. 23, 2005 at 11 at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, Great Barrington, conducted by the Rev. Bert Marshall, pastor of the First Congregational Church in Lee. Burial will follow. The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 7 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jared Tortoriello Memorial Fund through the funeral home, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances, memories and reflections may be sent to his family through www.finnertyandstevens.com. He also leaves his "big brother" Patrick Stanton VanSant and his beloved dogs Sadie, Satch and Sascha, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Despite his various illnesses, Jared was a fighter and a symbol of the strength of the human spirit, and always had a smile on his face. Jared and his family exemplified courage, strength, love and hope.