“Honor is always doing the right
thing, even when no one is watching.”
Anthony J. Farrace
January 23, 1990 - July 6, 2007
Welcome everyone. This website, this foundation and our lives are dedicated to keeping alive the memory and spirit of Anthony J. Farrace. In addition to promoting the awareness of teen driver safety and responsibility, we are also dedicated to changing and adding legislation that would give the families of teen fatality victims the justice they deserve, as well as holding the offenders personally responsible and accountable for their actions.
At the age of seventeen, on a beautiful summer morning of July 6, 2007, Anthony’s life was taken by a reckless teen driver. This was not an accident, but the certain outcome of the drivers’ irresponsibility and disregard for Anthony’s life. According to witnesses, the driver had been weaving in and out of traffic and passing multiple vehicles at high speed, and at times forcing oncoming traffic to the shoulder. The driver eventually lost control after passing a tractor trailer/car carrier and hit a tree on the opposite side of the road. The driver had minor injuries. Anthony, the only passenger, died minutes later.
Anthony was entering his senior year at Cherokee High School, where he was a scholar/athlete. As a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity wrestler and football player, a competitive swimmer at Ramblewood Swim Club and an active participant in community service. Anthony always strived for excellence. Due to his integrity, his character could not be questioned. Honor, courage, commitment, and humility guided his way of life and his aspiration to enter the U.S. Naval Academy. Anthony was a candidate for the Class of 2012, where he was well on his way and determined to graduate as a Marine Corps officer.
To say the least, and to those who knew him, Anthony was a remarkable person. Always with a huge smile and a kind word, as well as always lending a helping hand where he could, friends and acquaintances could always be themselves and feel safe around him. Anthony accepted each person as they were, though not naïve, he freely opened his heart. When Anthony hugged you, you knew it. He did it with every part of his being. To those who loved Anthony and were truly his friends, we thank you for being part of his life. Anthony will watch over you and be with you always.
Whether it is the time that Anthony spent in confiding with and lovingly teasing his sister Diana, the gratitude and mischievous way he had with his mother or the pride that I had when Anthony was with me on the golf course, the shooting range and in the back yard, these memories will always be in our minds and hearts, as they bring us, both smiles and tears.
As we slowly, but surely rebuild our lives, every day is a struggle. Anthony’s life and death is always on our minds. In Anthony’s memory and in his honor we will regain our strength. Just like we always told you Ant, you have to move forward. We will. Thank you for being such a wonderful son and brother, we are so proud of how you lived your life. We will always love you and never forget your remarkable spirit…until the day when we will be together again.
Dad, Mom and Diana