I am deeply saddened to convey that Richard Fortino lost his life on March 2, 2008. Richard was only weeks away from his 39th birthday, on March 28, 2008.
It has been my great pleasure to get to know Richard and his family over the last year as each of our lives have been affected and in many ways, enriched by autism. I knew Richard to be a man with great conviction and love for his family. Richard and his family attended many of our support group events in a genuine effort to gain knowledge, and to interact with community. Richard's dedication to community and provision for his family were exemplified by his active participation in TOPSoccer. Inspired by such a novel and rewarding sports program for kids with challenges, Richard wrote to the Governor's Office to recognize Dave Potter for his leadership of the TOPSoccer program.
Richard leaves Susan, his wife of nearly 15 years; son, Brandon, who just celebrated his 9th birthday; and one-year old daughter, Bella. Richard rejoins Francis, the middle child to him and Susan.
A memorial fund has been created to help Susan Fortino and her children during this very difficult, emotional and financial time. Please consider making a contribution to, or matching funds for:
Fortino Family Memorial Fund: any Wells Fargo Bank branch.
Our community, that is at first connected by autism, evolves into a genuine sense of concern for each other and we mourn the loss of Richard. Rest in peace, friend.
Susan, Brandon and Bella wish to express sincere thanks and gratitude for your generosity and kindness that will surely help lift them as they move forward.