Gregory Martin Friscia
1995 - 2013
Gregory Martin Friscia, it is with unspeakable sadness that we write of his untimely death at age 17. The son of loving and devoted parents David and Karen Friscia. He died Sunday morning, March 24, 2013, from head trauma sustained in a skateboarding accident. Greg was a model student in the senior class of Xavier College Preparatory High School. He was very excited about graduation and was looking forward to attending a top ranked college this coming fall. Everyone at Xavier had the privilege of watching him blossom into a wonderful young man who was admired by his classmates and respected by his teachers. He was a scholar and an athlete. The school's swimming and water polo teams have lost a star who truly understood what it means to be part of a team. He was Co-captain of the water polo team and played all four years. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and loved animals and the outdoors. Sadly, Greg left behind a loving brother and his best friend, Matt, 19, a sophomore at UCLA. Matt will forever miss his little brother. Greg was a friend to many. He had a great sense of humor and a positive, upbeat attitude towards everything and everyone. He had a zest for life and a beautiful smile, which brightened everyone's day. Greg will leave a lasting hole in all of our hearts and lives, and the shock of his loss will profoundly impact all who were touched by his enthusiastic, fun-loving, and mischievous spirit. His family hopes that our memory of Greg will inspire future Xavier students to be well rounded, intellectually curious, kind scholar athletes. We are grateful for the joy and love he brought into the lives of his family and friends. A memorial service was held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church, 43775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert, 92260. A reception followed after the service at the Xavier College Preparatory High School gymnasium. The family urges those who would like to honor Greg's memory to donate to the Gregory Friscia Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been established at Xavier. For website donations, go to

Published by The Desert Sun on Mar. 29, 2013.
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I cannot believe so much time has passed. I know the hurt must never go away. The entire family is in my thought. I have fond memories of Greg at Marywood in Megan's class. He left an indelible impression on our world
Francene Fisher
March 23, 2019
Prayed and thought about you last weekend on St. Patricks Day. You are loved and missed by many - praying for your wonderful family - always in our hearts - the Kelly family
Sandra Kelly
March 23, 2019
Happy Birthday a day late. You are always remembered .. The Kelly family
Sandra Kelly
August 15, 2016
I have never met Greg nor have I been to Xavier however through researching Xavier for an event (as I am part of the Ignatian Family here in Canada), I stumbled on this website through a Youtube video of the memorial on Xavier's Youtube channel.

Greg seemed to be such as lovable and intelligent young man. To have gotten a 5 on an AP exam in his freshman year is an outstanding achievement! I've only taken 1 AP course now in my senior year and I doubt I'll even get a 4.

Then to hear about nearly 2000 faces at his funeral just shows what an inspiring individual he was. He obviously created a great deal of joy among his peers.

May God bless the family in this advent season and may you recognize that your son is an instrument of mercy that will shine on forever even in those who never knew him.

Spencer Katerynuk
December 13, 2015
Never forgotten - The Kelly Family
sandra kelly
December 10, 2015
Praying for your family during this very blessed season and all year around.
Daina Stockinger
December 9, 2015
Robert Bowman
December 8, 2015
Dear Friscia Family,
I wanted to say hello and tell you we think of you and Greg on many occasions. This summer when we went to Paris Caroline lit a candle for Greg in the Notre Dame cathedral. We met Madame Cooper and the kids on the French exchange program for a few hours and they too left a tribute for Greg in Paris. They put a lock labeled with Greg 's name on one of the bridges. You are in our hearts.
Karen Olson
August 15, 2013
Happy Birthday to you. Our family sends prayers to yours.
S. Kelly
August 14, 2013
S Kelly
June 13, 2013
Always in our hearts dear Friscia family
S Kelly
May 13, 2013
My heart is breaking for you...sending lots of hugs and prayes continually! xoxo Your sister, Patty
April 26, 2013
Praying everyday.
Sandra Kelly
April 25, 2013
Praying so hard for you all, especially Mrs. Friscia. I will not stop -
Sandra Kelly
April 3, 2013
Dear Dr. Friscia,Karen and brother Matt. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful Greg. I'll never forget his wonderful smile and our son Joey who graduated with Matt at Xavier was devastated. Joey was involved in a similar skateboarding accident 6 months ago that sent him to the ER and when he heard this he cried for two days and hoped and prayed for Greg. Your overwhelming turnout at your service showed how much he was loved. Joey cried and said I will never ride another skateboard.
Anthony,and Gail and Joseph Quinzio
April 2, 2013
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Tim Finnell
April 2, 2013
Dear Dr. Friscia and family,

We are so shocked and sorry about the news of your loss, I can barely find words. Having come to know you as a patient, Doctor, I just know your son Gregory had to have been one terrific young man. May God's never ending love and grace be with you all.

Please accept our most heartfelt condolences,

Bob, Joanna, and Megan Newhouse
April 1, 2013
Alexandria Dale
April 1, 2013
Dear David, Karen and Matt,

We were so shocked to hear the tragic news of Greg's unexpected passing. We cannot begin to know what you are going thru, but we care deeply. May your loving memories of Greg bring you some comfort.

Much Love, Terri and Ken Harris
Terri Harris
April 1, 2013
Dear David, Karen and Matt...We are so sorry for you loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill Hudson and John Rizzotti
William Hudson
March 31, 2013
Precious Family, I love you so....and my heart is breaking for you. I am holding each of you close and praying for you.
Your sister, Patty
March 30, 2013
I was very touched by this tragic death. I have earnestly prayed for his soul to go to heaven and I am confident he has eternal life.
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Tom Swann
March 30, 2013

Dear Dr. Friscia:

It was heartbreaking to read about your tragic loss. You have done such a good job in caring for my ankle break. I wish only the best for you and your family. You are in my prayers.
Maxine Mesinoff
March 30, 2013
Dear Friscia Family,

Words cannot possibly express the deeply felt sadness and sympathy over the loss of your darling son, Greg. My children attended Xavier and daughter Hunter was good friends with him. However, he touched the lives of people all over the world who never even had the chance to know him in life as they included him in their prayer circles via FB. As he communed with God, he was already changing the lives of others and will continue to do so exponentially. What an amazing and beautiful soul to have made such a positive difference in this world during his brief time here and whose joyful spirit will remain with us forever to keep that light shining. We are all blessed to have been touched by Greg, and you, his family, will always be in our hearts and prayers...

Most Sincerely,
JoAnn Dutton
March 30, 2013
Dear Karen, David, and Matt;
I am so saddened by this! THe outpouring of love for you and the family, and the overwhelming attendence at the service on Wednesday are a testament to Greg and to you as his parents and family.

I've been looking at all the photos of Greg as a young boy at Marywood from kinder to fifth. That infectious grin is burned in my memory.

You are all loved!
Francene, Megan, and greg Fisher
Francene Fisher
March 29, 2013
The Martin Family in GA is saddened to hear of this young mans untimely passing. From what I read, he sounded like a beautiful human being. Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to you and all of your family.
March 29, 2013
Dear Friscia family, Words cannot explain how we feel about Greg's passing. Our daughter, Lizzy, was a 2011 Xavier Grad and is devastated by his loss. May you feel our love and support as you carry on. We will continue to honor Greg and never forget his bright light. The Fendrick family, Elizabeth, David & Karen
Karen Fendrick
March 29, 2013
Dr. and Mrs. Friscia, and Matt,

Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of Greg. While his time with you was short, it was undoubtedly rich for all of you and the memories will forever keep him in your hearts and minds. We wish you all strength as you cope with your loss and move forward with your lives.

The Hookey Family
Graham Hookey
March 29, 2013
Dave, Karen, and Matthew,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this incredibly difficult time.

Scott and Nicole Chapman
Scott and Nicole Chapman
March 29, 2013
Dear Dr. and Mrs. Friscia and family,
We express our heartfelt sadness at Gregory's passing. We pray for your strength and for the fondness of memories to prevail. Billie and Ken Brown and Leah Brown-Hernandez
Billie Brown and family
March 29, 2013
Dr.David Frascia and family. We are so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful son,Greg.You have operated on me many times and we often spoke about our sons.With our deepest sympathy,Richard and Ruth Anne O'Brien
March 29, 2013
Dr. Friscia and family, It was with great sadness I learned of Greg's tragic accident. Such a spirited, kind young man from all reports. I can't imagine your grief; may God bring you peace in the knowledge of his joyous life. You are in the thoughts and prayers of the entire valley. Cheri Sterns
March 29, 2013
Dear Karen,David and Matt,
Our entire family would like to express our heartfelt sadness at Gregory's passing. It is clear to see the pride you have in him and your devotion towards his interests and goals. What a wonderful person... he is missed.
Karen,Caroline and Greg Olson
March 29, 2013
Dr. and Mrs. Friscia, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so very sorry for the loss of your son Greg. What an amazing young man he was. His beautiful spirit will live on in all the lives he touched. It already has and always will.
Maureen McCarthy
March 29, 2013
Beautiful boy... What a huge splash you made in this world..and you will continue to do so..much strength to all who love you, until you meet again..and what a day that will Jesus' name I pray.
Sandra Kelly
March 28, 2013
Dr. Friscia My Heart goes out to you and your family.
Dana Stockinger
March 28, 2013
Dr Fricia, Our hearts are heavy to hear of the passing of your son. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Many years ago you operated on our son Bryan and made him pain free. Bryan has never forgotten you. Greg will always be with you in spirit. Peace be with you and your family. James and Carole Burnett
Carole Burnett
March 27, 2013
Dr. Friscia & family,
My prayers are with you all & may you know that the Lord watches over you all as well as Gregory. God bless.
Claire Fu
March 27, 2013
Machele Stone
March 27, 2013
Dr. Friscia, Karen & family: I am so very very sorry for your loss. David, you treated my son about 21 years ago (Tom was 11 months)in ER and we will never forget your compassion. Blessings Always The Speer family
March 27, 2013
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