Merry Christmas in Heaven Richie <3
A True American
FOREVER YOUNG...FOREVER A HERO
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Richard Febbi who was born in New Jersey on October 26, 1979 and passed away on July 01, 2005 at the ever so young age of 25. He was an amazing friend, brother, son, and soldier. We will miss him & remember him forever. Our broken hearts cannot be mended.
In Memory of My Son
Please, don't ask me if I'm over it yet
I'll never get over it.
Please, don't tell me he's in a better place
He's not here with me.
Please, don't say at least he isn't suffering
I haven't come to terms with why he had to suffer at all.
Please, don't tell me you know how I feel
Unless you have lost a child.
Please, don't ask me if I feel better
Bereavement isn't a condition that clears up.
Please, don't tell me you had him for so many years
What year would you chose for your child to die?
Please, don't tell me God never gives more than we can bear.
Please, just say you are sorry.
Please, just say you remember my child.
Please, just let me talk about my child.
Please mention my child's name.
Please, just let me cry.
Richie's Memory Shines On Forever-From Coast to Coast
(on the East Coast)
Shortly after Richie's death, his family created the Sgt. Richard Febbi Memorial Fund in order to keep Richie's energetic spirit alive as well as provide people in the service, and the community help where it is ever so needed. The fund has already provided plane tickets for soldiers to come home to their family's when they wouldn't have been able to afford it, the security deposit for a soldier who returned from Iraq & was living in a shelter, many care packages that have been sent to the troops, and so much more. Along with the "For the Love of Brad' fund, so much has already been done to help others in the memory of Brad Depascale & Richie Febbi. These funds will continue to make their mark in this world, the same as these two wonderful boys did.
(On the West Coast)
This was Richies mobile work shop. It was initially set up to build homes with Habitat for Humanity and was used by Rich's father in his volunteer work for Homes For Our Troops ( www.honesforourtroops.org ) They build homes for severely wounded troops returning from the war. They do this all over the country. Once the home is built they GIVE the home to that veteran at no cost to him. Richie's father, Matt Febbi, is the Volunteer Construction Manager for this project and has built many homes. All the work and tools are supplied by him in Richies Name.
After building a home in Whorton NJ a fad was started. Every home that Matt has worked on now has the initials ( SGT. R.M.F.) carved in concrete in there garage along with a Penguin. Richie's memory lives on all over the country, and in his honor so many have been helped. It is truley remarkable. Rich is definately smiling down from heaven.
As time grows longer...our pain grows stronger
Oh Lord please give us strength.
To our men & women in uniform...past, present, and future...God Bless You, and Thank You.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I'm following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh,
to love, to work or play.
Tasks undone must stay that way
I've found that peace at the close of the day.
If parting has left a void, then fill it
with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times,
a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me,
God wants me now, He set me free.