GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – A funeral mass was held Wednesday for fallen Grandville High School athlete Ryan Fischer.
The 17-year-old died March 7 in his sleep from complications due to an enlarged heart.
“I think every adult whether the coach, teacher, grandparent, maybe even Scott and Ronnie, were simply overwhelmed by Ryan’s goodness, his far reaching deeds and acts of kindness,” coach Joel Breazeale said during the funeral service.
Hundreds came out to St. Pius X Catholic Church in Grandville to show their support for the Fischer family.
“I don’t have to say much because Ryan said it by the way he lived. This community has spoken even louder by an outpouring of faith,” Fr. Chris Rouech said.
Brendan Kelly, a friend of Ryan, spoke of his love and the support he got from his buddy.
“I’ll never forget how much I love you and how much you mean to me. You taught me so much; you taught me how to work hard and have a strong faith and how to live life to the fullest. I miss you so much. You were always there for me whenever I felt embarrassed, you would embarrass yourself so I wouldn’t feel alone,” Kelly said.
Ryan was a captain for Grandville’s hockey and football teams, a member of the school’s National Honor Society, actively involved in his church youth programs, and served on the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s youth advisory board. He was accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was scheduled to begin this summer.
In honor of Ryan, contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or Wes Leonard Heart Foundation.
Ron Baum and Mike Slobodnik of the Ryan Fischer Memorial Scholarship Committee have established the Ryan Fischer Memorial Scholarship. It will be awarded annually to an OK Conference varsity hockey player whose character, determination, integrity, academic achievement, and community service best resembles the life that Ryan lived. Scholarship donations may be made through any Fifth Third Bank branch and are tax deductible as a non-profit organization, according to a news release from the West Michigan Sports Commission.
“After Sunday’s celebration, I’m not sure much more can be discovered or said about Ryan Scott Fischer,” coach Joel Breazeale said Wednesday.