Emily Fedorko’s spirit and kindness remembered at funeral

Emily Fedorko, seen in a picture from her Facebook page, was remembered as an enthusiastic and focused young woman.

Emily Fedorko, seen in a picture from her Facebook page, was remembered as an enthusiastic and focused young woman.

Funeral services were held Monday for 16-year-old Greenwich resident Emily Fedorko as the police investigation into the accident that took her life continues.

Emily, who had been about to begin her junior year at Greenwich High School, was killed on Aug. 6 after receiving fatal injuries during a boating accident on Long Island Sound. The funeral brought hundreds of mourners to St. Clement Church in Stamford on Monday and she was buried after in Putnam Ceremony in Greenwich.

The accident left Greenwich in a state of stunned grief with friends and classmates as well as community members taking to social media to express their sympathies. She was remembered as a passionate gymnast who also played lacrosse, an honor student and a true friend and beloved family member with many stating how much they would miss her. Longtime family friend Gary Dell’Abate delivered the eulogy for Emily at her funeral and said that initially he didn’t think he could do it, but he was urged to do so by Emily’s mother Pam.

“She said, ‘Use Emily’s strength. She was so strong. Think of that when you talk about her,’” Mr. Dell’Abate said. “That’s a word that comes up a lot when asked about her. Strength. She was a confident, strong young woman who knew what she wanted even as a little girl. She was driven and determined and you didn’t want to get in her way because she could be stubborn.”

Mr. Dell’Abate said that even though this was a day of “profound sadness” there was also a need to remember how special she was and celebrate her life because they were all lucky to have known her and because she will never be forgotten. He recalled how hard she worked to succeed in lacrosse and gymnastics and how she was determined to always be the best without losing her sense of fairness. He praised her magnetic personality and her love of entertaining people, remembering back to her days cheering for the Greenwich Youth Football League Bulldogs and how, whenever she would greet him or a member of his family, she would bound into a room with a big smile and a tight hug.

“Emily was a great student with a very aspiring future,” Mr. Dell’Abate said. “She was a good friend, a great sister, daughter and a granddaughter to be so proud of. As bold as she was she had a soft side, a sweetness and a gentleness. She was a kind and empathetic person. She often put others before herself.”

The fatal accident took place when Emily was out with three female friends on Long Island Sound. According to the Greenwich Police Department, Emily and a friend were on an inner tube that was tethered to a recreational powerboat with a 200 horsepower engine in open water that was between one and two miles from the dock of Captain’s Harbor. The boat, which had the two other girls in it, was towing the inner tube when Emily and her friend became dislodged from it. Police say at this point the boat’s operator made a turn to try and retrieve them from the water and the boat collided with the two girls, causing both of them to come into contact with the boat’s propeller.

Police said at an Aug. 7 press conference that Emily sustained a “significant” and fatal injury to her torso when this happened. The other girl was wounded and received a soft tissue injury on her left lower leg that was not life threatening.

“We are going to continue to investigate all the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident,” GPD Public Information Officer Lt. Kraig Gray said at the press conference. “The initial assessment is that this appears to be a very tragic accident.”

The Fedorko family has said that donations can be made in Emily’s memory to the  Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation at PO Box 72, Cos Cob, CT 06807. An online guestbook for people seeking to leave well wishes and sympathy for the family has been set up Bosakfuneralhome.com.

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