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Bryant D. Fasula
May 24, 1988 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 35) 35 Years Old
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On January 4, 2024, Bryant D. Fasula died of a drug overdose after an arduous battle with addiction. Bryant was born on May 24, 1988. He was living in Fort Myers, Florida and was 35 years old at the time of his death.
On that final night, Bryant was unable to escape his demons. When you looked at Bryant, you may have seen a drug addict with battle scars or a man who traveled from place to place trying to find his way in a sea of drug addicts. You might have seen a man who suffered from drug dependency which strained family relationships as we tried to help him navigate life and recover from his affliction. You may have seen a man on the street who you think is just another junkie. You may have seen a veteran that you do not think deserves respect or another chance. You may have judged him or us.
When we looked at Bryant, we saw a little boy smiling and laughing. He was a loving boy with hopes and dreams who always tried to make everyone laugh. He was a quick-witted teenager that loved skateboarding, fishing, four-wheeling, and anything outdoors. He grew into a man who entered the Navy with high aspirations of a fresh start. During his service he received the NATO medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the GWOT Expeditionary Medal, and received a Navy Rifleman Marksmanship Ribbon. We knew him as a man who made new friends everywhere he went. Bryant was a man who was kind and helpful to everyone. Even in his moments of most dire need, he would give someone the shirt off his back or the shoes off his feet. We saw the man who tried to slay his demons through rehabilitation and recovery over and over and over. He tried to climb out of the abyss of addiction, but the demons were all too enticing and familiar so what we feared would happen, did. The battle has now finally ended. The demons are gone, he is finally free, so rest our sweet son, and know you are loved and missed.
When you have a child, you have hopes and dreams for them to live the best life possible, though our hopes may be silenced, and our dreams unrealized. No matter what we want for them, our children, as individuals, live according to their own free will, their own truth. We know we are not alone and that there are many families suffering this sadness and devastation. We speak the truth about Bryant’s death because our silence would mean his death was in vain. If one person’s life is saved, we would tell it many more times. For families that are dealing with this special kind of pain, know that we will be praying and rooting for you and your family members through their battle with addiction. If you are an addict know that every breath is a gift and a fresh start. It is never too late to fight the demons that haunt you. Bryant would tell you a quote by John Bytheway: “Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard life’s hard.”
Bryant is survived by his father, David, his stepmother, Brenda (Kuhar), his half-brothers Samuel and Maxwell Fasula and Dakota Witt, his paternal grandmother, Margaret Wetzel, his maternal grandfather, Walter Witt, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bryant is predeceased by his mother, Caroline Witt, maternal grandmother, Kathryn Witt, his paternal grandfather, Olindo Fasula, his dear cousin, Ryan Meraglio, and many friends.
Friends and family will be received 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home, 667 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM, Monday January 22nd at St. Cyprian Catholic Church, 4223 Middle Ridge Rd. Perry, OH 44081. Burial will be at Perry Cemetery. Following the burial, a lunceheon will take place at Alexander Hall in the basement of St. Cyprian Church.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to www.subzeromission.org so they can continue to help homeless veterans.