Community rallies to help family who suddenly lost son

02/17/2014 5:27 PM |

Friends and family of a Riverhead man who died suddenly this past weekend are helping his family, as a virtual fundraiser has been organized to help pay for the man’s funeral costs. 

Frank Trentacoste, 22, died on Saturday.  On Monday, Amanda Goodale set up a GoFundMe page, the proceeds of which will help the family pay for the unforeseen costs.

“Frankie was a son, a brother, a nephew, a grandchild, a friend and an irreplaceable individual.  He had a personality that lit up any room and put smiles on every face,” she wrote on the website. “Frank will forever be missed and shall remain as a reminder to all of how beautiful life is and how we should cherish every moment of everyday.

“As most parents never plan for such a tragedy, we are asking for any donations or assistance for the Trentacoste family. This is an unimaginably painful experience for them and any contribution to aide with the costs would be forever appreciated.”

The family will receive visitors in his memory on Thursday at McLaughlin-Heppner Funeral Home, with a funeral service taking place during the evening visiting hours.

As of Monday afternoon, the effort had raised nearly $4,000 — more than 80 percent of the $5,000 sought to pay the bills for the funeral.