A memorial service was held today at Our Lady of the Wayside Church at 930 Portola Road in Portola Valley for Ryan Ferrari, the 21-year-old Woodside man who died in a car crash early on Nov. 28.
Burial in the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Los Altos followed the memorial service.
Mr. Ferrari's car crashed early on the morning of Nov. 28 in the Woodside Hills neighborhood.
"I think, above all, Ryan was a great friend, a high-quality person who is just going to be tremendously missed by friends and family alike," his friend James Ronstadt told The Almanac in an interview. "We still can't believe he's gone."
Mr. Ferrari was on his way home at about 2:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Woodside Drive when he lost control of his car and collided with two trees and another vehicle before flipping over, according to Sgt. Wes Matsuura of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
Mr. Ferrari was pronounced dead at the scene, a victim of multiple blunt trauma injuries, the county coroner said in a preliminary report. The accident did not injure the driver of the other vehicle, but police did arrest and book him on DUI charges, Sgt. Matsuura said.
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Ferrari are pending, and are under the direction of Spangler Mortuary in Menlo Park.
An honest man
Candor and sincerity were among Mr. Ferrari's strong points, and his friends are "heartbroken" over his death, Mr. Ronstadt said. "He had a great heart. He was always someone you could really rely on. He was always up front with you and really honest with you, whatever you were talking about."
The two had met shortly before the accident and resolved a strain that had tested the friendship, Mr. Ronstadt said. A rapprochement had begun with a hug and a handshake. "Our friendship was headed on the right course for the first time in several months," Mr. Ronstadt said.
"Once you hung out with (Ryan), you wanted to hang out with him more," he said. "He just had that kind of rare personality that you couldn't forget."
"I always knew he was a very risky driver, which is why I wasn't surprised that this happened," he said.