Where do We begin…
Dante is our first-born and a smiling, shining light from the very start. Up and running at only eight and a half months old. Always happy, always smiling, with those dimples and big blue eyes. Dante has always had a zest for life and an energy that could sometimes leave you reeling. For Dante there was no obstacle too high for him to overcome and no task insurmountable. Even as a toddler, still in diapers, while supposedly taking a nap, Dante came in through the front door and showed us how he opened his bedroom window and climbed out (thank God it was on the first floor).
Dante’s motto of “Train Hard, Have Fun” was also how he lived his own life. He played, trained, and worked hard while always having fun. The many lives Dante touched and left his mark on is evident from the outpouring of love and affection we have received. As his parents, we feel so honored and proud to have had him for a son.
Dante loved life, his family, his friends with all of his being, and was not afraid to show it. His intense passion for everything and multitude of accomplishments in his short time on this earth, will always be remembered on and off the playing field. The large number of players trained by Dante will carry on his athletic legacy in their skills. We feel proud that he touched so many people in such positive ways.
Dante was always so happy and we know in our hearts that he wanted the same for all the people he knew and loved. Although we are devastated by his passing, and the difficulty we are having getting through each day, we are touched by so many of you who have expressed such a wonderful tribute to our son. Our hope is that you remember him with a smile, a hug, a kiss, or the good advice that he may have shared with you.
In closing, there is so much more we could say about Dante, but most of all, we will love him and miss having him in our lives forever. We know Dante would share in our hope that you always remember to be kind to yourself and others, and whenever possible take time to embrace and love your family and friends.
Sid & Diane Mazzola