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Oak Ridge teen remembered as quirky, loving

March 2 slated for ceremony for Dylan Ridolfi
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An El Dorado Hills teen killed in a sledding accident last week is remembered as a quirky and loving young man by his family.

Dylan Ridolfi, 15, was killed in a freak accident Feb. 17 while sledding down a hill at Sheep’s Flat in Washoe County, Nevada.

Ridolfi, for unknown reasons, hit a tree.

The Oak Ridge High School freshman was not only a football player but a young man who “lived in the moment.”

“Most people associate him with football,” said Ridolfi’s father, Dan, “He was with a successful team and was 6 foot 2 inches and weighed 240 pounds.”

The young man’s father said football brought out the best in his son.

“Football helped with his self esteem and drive,” said Dan Ridolfi. “He would rather play football or build something than anything else.”

Football was a big part of Dylan’s life, but there was more to his life than sports.

“Dylan was quirky in a sense that he didn’t care what others thought about him,” his father said. “He didn’t judge others or run with a clique, he was just Dylan.”

The young man, who had been a boy scout and was a loving a doting big brother to his 12-year-old sister and 3-year-old brother, liked everyone, according to his father, and had aspirations to be an engineer.

“He was working on hanging a crane from the ceiling of his room,” Dan Ridolfi said. “He was making it out of any scrap wood and K’nex.”

Dylan Ridolfi’s family was gathering at the family’s home last week in preparation for his celebration of life.

His aunt, Kerri Lewis, took a few moments from the family gathering to share memories of her nephew.

“He was an amazing young man,” Lewis said. “He was an amazing big cousin to my children. He was a big brother who took care of things without being asked.”

Lewis said she never had to worry if Dylan was in charge.

“Big Dylan was going to be there and he had such a connection with my children,” she said.

Dylan is survived his parents Dan and Kristen Ridolfi; his younger sister Madison and his younger brother Andrew.

Remembrance for Dylan is being held 1 p.m. March 2 at Rolling Hills Christian Church at 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills. The family asks for donations to the Oak Ridge High School Community Foundation, Dylan Ridolfi Memorial Football Fund. Donations can be made by going to http://orhsfoundation.com/support/annual-giving/ or http://orhsfoundation.com.