Jared C. Tortoriello

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.

Published by The Berkshire Eagle on Sep. 21, 2005.
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Though we never had the opportunity to meet Jared please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Your AEM family
September 23, 2005
Dearest Alice, Frank, Matthew and Nicholas,
Our heartfelt love, and prayers go out to all of you on the loss of Jared. People will tell you their many stories these next few days of how Jared touched their lives.... and those stories will make you smile, laugh and cry... and as you held him, I pray those stories will comfort you and hold you through this time. My most vivid picture of Jared is from his first few days of life. Alex had had the privilege of being in the delivery room with you guys (lucky her) and I too wanted to be a part of the new baby. So I took pictures of Jared when he was just a day old and saw him through the eye of my camera.....I'll hold those pictures in my heart and mind forever and hold you all in my thoughts and prayers. With Love, Patti P.S. Fox Cities Marathon,Appleton, Wisconsin September 25th, 2005 FOR JARED!!!
Patti Trumps Vlahakis
September 22, 2005
To the family and many friends:
My heart goes out to all of you on this day.
May the night sky illuminate such brilliance as this beautiful new star shines down on all of us.

B Barbieri
September 21, 2005
Dear Alice, Frank, Matt and Nick,
I was so sadden to hear about the passing of Jared. Even though I am living here in Fl. my heart and love go out to you all. I will keep my fond memories of us all when the kids were little and life was def. simpler. I would love to hear from any of you...God Bless, Dale Barbieri
Dale Barbieri
September 21, 2005
To the Tortoriello family,
I just wanted to say that my thoughts are you with you. We all loved Jared and were very lucky to have known him. He was always determined and always smiling. I have many memories of Jared, most of which are from elementary school when you, Alice, were like my "school mom". Thank you for that, and just please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Maegan Warner
September 21, 2005
i'm very sorry for your loss. Your family doesn't know me but I was so touched by your sons story I felt that I needed to send my condolences. Please stay strong and make sure to keep Jared alive by sharing in your memories of him. I wish you and your family the best.
Amy Bush
September 21, 2005
Dear Frank, Alice, Nicholas and Matt, Our hearts are broken for you. Love, Nancy and Family
Nancy Porter
September 21, 2005
Amazing life story. The world was a better place with Jared in it. Although I never knew him, I'm truly sorry he is no longer with us, and even more sorry that I never got a chance to say hello.
September 21, 2005
Norman LaPolice
September 21, 2005
Frank, Alice & Family -
What a long struggle... Jared was such a bright spot in everyone's lives and will be sadly missed by anyone that ever came in contact with him. Let all the great memories comfort you at this time.
Rose (Cappadona) Seward
September 21, 2005
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