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 Xavierprep.org
Published by The Desert Sun on Mar. 29, 2013.