Gary Leonard Colasanti was a junior at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, returning home for Christmas after a semester studying with Syracuse in London, England. He leaves his parents, Leonard and Joanne, of Melrose, Massachusetts; as well as a sister, Karyn; and brother, Paul; paternal grandparents; and maternal grandfather.
Gary's hallmark was a zest for life. Talented and enthusiastic, Gary is described as popular, dependable, and humorous by friends and teachers. Gifted in art, he was tutored in various mediums during his elementary school years and, in 1985, was the recipient of a certificate of merit from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. At Melrose High School he lettered in soccer and tennis. He was also an avid skier. At Syracuse he majored in advertising. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
"Gregarious and energetic, Gary wanted to meet new people and see new things. That curiosity about the world took him to London and travels throughout Europe. He left a trail of friends wherever he went," said his father.
His parents remember him this way, "Gary Leonard Colasanti is remembered by his family and friends as caring, warm, and very special. His ever-present smile and unique sense of humor touched the hearts of many. Gary had a way of noticing what was important to others and doing what he could to make it better. He left us a wonderful legacy—memories of him!"