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Rory Angelotta

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On January 13, 2022 @ 9:59 am In Obituaries,South Euclid | 17 Comments

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RORY ANGELOTTA age 43, beloved son of Teri (nee Cranley) and Mark (deceased); dearest brother of Jennifer, Riley (deceased), Randy (deceased), Cassidy and Kelsey; loving uncle of Wyatt; cherished grandson of the late Shirley (nee Masten) and Thomas Cranley; cherished grandson of the late Judge John L. Angelotta and Therese Walton Angelotta; dear nephew, cousin and friend of many.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Rory to the Ski With Rory Foundation at www.skiwithRory.org [1].

Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 10:45 AM at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish 1545 S. Green Rd, South Euclid. Interment at Lake View Cemetery. A private celebration of life will be held in Denver, CO. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Rory at DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just east of Green Rd.) FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022, 4:00-7:00 PM.

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Condolence from John and Grace Hawkins on January 13th, 2022 10:08 pm

We are so sad for your loss. We’ll keep Rory and your Family in our prayers. He has touched so many people and the world is a better place because of Rory. A much better world. He made such a difference. Love John and Grace and Family

Condolence from Robin (Wells) Kassman on January 14th, 2022 1:48 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May good memories sustain you and bring you peace. Much love from Oregon.

Condolence from DeAnne Olsen on January 14th, 2022 3:31 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May the love & memories you shared remain in your hearts forever.

Condolence from Ann Dolan on January 14th, 2022 8:40 pm

To the Angelotta clan:

Tomorrow marks 28 days of fighting this viral syndrome. I’d love to come and celebrate Rory’s life, a life well lived and loved but I’m just not strong enough.

In life, you loved him so dearly. In death, you love him still. In each of your hearts you hold a special place, no one else will ever fill.

A love remembered is never lost. He is now eternally at peace and free to be your light.

May God’s light surround you
May His love enfold you
May His Power always protect all of you
And, May His presence remain within you
And where you are, God is
And all will be well.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Ann D.

Condolence from Betsy, Randy and Robin Smith on January 15th, 2022 3:14 pm

Sending love to all of you from your Virginia family.

Condolence from Stephanie Arellano on January 18th, 2022 1:49 am

I am sooo sad about your tremendous loss. I have been following this story since need broke of his disappearance on Christmas Day and have been on top of the daily news to see if he’s been found. I am so deeply sad to hear that his remains were found. I pray that God grants you peace during this very difficult time. May he Rest In Peace and that he is skiing with the angels.

Condolence from Laura & Jeff Potocnik on January 18th, 2022 7:10 am

So sorry for your loss!! We have had you all in our prayers & will continue.
Can’t even imagine what you are going through. May the prayers & love embrace all of you!

Condolence from Nancy and Dave McLaughlin on January 19th, 2022 6:21 pm

Words cannot express how sorry we are for the loss of Rory. Please know that all of the family has been in our thoughts and prayers during the past several weeks.

Condolence from Teri H Ianni on January 20th, 2022 2:04 pm

What an incredible loss to our world, but what a magnificant gain by God’s accord.

Rory would want to leave you something,
something better than words or sounds.
Look for Rory in the people he knew or loved,
and if you cannot give Rory away,
at least let him live in your eyes and not in your mind.
You can love Rory best by letting hands touch hands,
and by letting go of children that need to be free.
Love doesn’t die, people do.
So, when all that’s left of Rory is love,
give him away.

My deepest heartfelt condolences and continued prayers
Love and Light,

Condolence from Zita on January 21st, 2022 3:21 am

The mother-son bond is something truly special and I know you were close with your Rory. Teri, I am here for you during this time if you need help. You have expressed how happy and incredible Rory was, so there are great memories to hold on to now and forever. I want to express my deepest condolences for you and your family’s loss. You are strong and courageous already, but grace and the Angels are there to help you, too.

Condolence from Bruce S. on January 21st, 2022 11:13 am

My deepest condolences. May his memory always be a blessing.

Condolence from Arky +Betsy on January 21st, 2022 4:19 pm

Our deepest condolences.

Condolence from Joanne on January 21st, 2022 9:43 pm

Dearest Teri and family:
Words fail me at the incredible and sad loss of this wonderful young man, your son, brother, and friend to many. From the pictures I can see his beautiful spirit in his eyes, how they twinkled with delight and joy. Lean on all of us; we are here for you. Sending so much love

Condolence from Candi Overman on February 1st, 2022 3:45 pm

Our sincere condolences to all of Rory’s family for your tremendous loss.
Our prayers are with you all.
Ken and Candi Overman and
The Palermo Family Trust

Condolence from O’Brien family on February 4th, 2022 10:11 am

condolences and prayers

Condolence from Thomas M. Angelotta on February 8th, 2022 3:45 pm


One Summer Teri and Mark and I took the six kids for a big vacation on Jekyll Island, I think Kelsey was about five years old. After a week Rory and I split for the Carolinas, camping our way North through the notable places towards West Virginia. Rory had his first turns behind the wheel, he learned to drive, mostly on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then we met up with friends from Northeast Ohio to chase white water below the Summersville Dam. Ensuing years we paddled the Youghiogheny, the New River, twice on the Gauley. The best was the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River.

From an early age Rory was all about playing hard, having fun, and sometimes getting in a little bit of trouble. Rory and his brothers and his cousins found themselves the subject of more than one mention in the local police blotter. One time, they had this giant three-man sling shot they were using to launch stuff from the rooftop of Kathy’s garage. The story was that they were firing apples across the street, into the field, but the RTA driver and the empty egg cartons told a different tale.

Another time somebody stole Karl’s Schwinn, and the entire gang of neighborhood kids gave chase, ending with Rory crashing Patty McGuires bike, headlong, into a nice young ladies’ car. Right out here on Rushton Road, it was the scariest thing I have ever seen. For Rory, breaking his leg so badly did not scare him from such treacherous routes.

Between Junior and Senior year Rory switched jobs from Uncle Matts to my place, because that is where all the cool kids were working at the time. Scotty Frerichs, Dave Deppish, John Gill, others, and of course, Rory’s friend Chris Lockrem. All of them were Shaker Hockey Players and all were great role models to their younger friend, Rory. It was Chris that Rory would later follow to Colorado. Chris and Amy, Sean Donnelly and Mark Bennett took Rory under their wings and treated him like a little brother, nurtured his self-reliance, his perseverance, his love of life, nature, and the mountains.

Just after Rory graduated St. Ignatius, he packed up his stuff from Teri’s house and set out upon great adventure – he moved into my basement. Rory stayed through that Summer, Fall and Winter, then, the next Spring and Summer. He saved his dough until he had enough to buy his first car. It was a jet-black Cadillac Eldorado with t tops and a red leather interior. Rory loved that car.

So, one day, about twenty-three years ago, Rory decided that he was moving to Colorado. Asked what he planned on doing there, his adamant response was, “I am going to live”! On the first day he landed a job with a prominent grounds crew. That led to him finding work in his fields of choice, surrounded by the venues that spoke so closely to his passion – golf and snow skiing, telemark skiing, free heeling like a Sfiligoj or a Walton, more so, like his Uncle Mark Cranley. All these are heroes to Rory.

My Father had twenty-three Grand Children, five stood out on the golf course. It was Tommy Cards, Anthony, Jonny Schneider, Hollywood Matt, Jr., and of course, that generation started with Rory. He was a great golfer; he could hit the cover off the ball. Rory and Da shared so much enjoyment on the course together, as well as the breakfasts or dinners that were usually part of those days.

Rory was traveling his own road, and he was aware, he was present, he was engaged in life and chasing the experiences he had found that made him feel the most alive and in touch with this world.

Rory made friends with everyone he met. They come from afar to pay their respects, Ben Schaffer, Nick, Lively.

There are many people and Dogs that should be mentioned, Riley and Randy, Micke and Bob; Button and Bear Bear, Sox and Sam Bones; Rory loved his Dogs; he often said, Dogs are the best.

Although distance had hauled us apart, we kept in contact with respect and admiration.

Rory had abiding love for his friends and families, most especially his Mom Teri and his Sisters Jennifer, Cassidy, and Kelsey.

Ski with Rory, whatever you do, ski with a friend. Go and ski, that you may learn and understand, that you may always remember Rory doing what he loved.

Peace, Grace, Respect and Guidance, Every Time

Condolence from Valerie Trujillo on March 18th, 2022 12:11 am

Dear Sweet Family of Rory,
I want to thank you all for raising such a stand up man, he was so kind and generous and loving in his own way (if he liked you!) and I know he loved me because I sure as hell loved him! We met our match that day in June of 2019.
I think about our time together as a sacred gift and although it wasn’t for very long it was so special and changed my life forever and for the better. He had such a way about him that drew us all in. I think of him everyday and miss his humor and those dark brown eyes that would melt my heart! He challenged me in ways I thought I could never figure out but he had faith in me that I could. Thank you Rory for loving me and showing me such an interesting take on life! I will forever be grateful we met❤️and I haven’t been to Panic without you and probably never will. The world has changed
Love you always, Val

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