Memorial to Wando HS senior who died in a motorcycle crash

Isle of Palms, S.C. (WCIV) — A farewell by the sea, friends of Dermot O’Leary gathered to say their goodbyes at his memorial service Friday. The 18-year-old Wando High School senior died this week after a motorcycle accident.

As the waves rolled, and the wind blew, Mario Ciappa and dozens of others reflected on a life they said was well lived.

“Dermot's been my best friend for five years, I thought it'd be due to come pay my respects to him. He was the definition of a good friend. Dermot was always open to new ideas,” Ciappa said.

His friends said he a voice that was unforgettable.

“What also made him was his deep voice and great laugh,” Ciappa said.

“Dermot was a young man of few words, but a big voice,” a teacher added.

“When someone like Dermot crosses your path, it leaves an imprint and that's the affect he had on all of us,” another friend added.

They shared stories of a young man at peace when he wasn't confined to a room.

“Almost all of my memories with him are outside," a friend said.

“He was the light of our bonfires," another added.

For now, his family and friends are saying farewell.

“I'll miss him every day. I know he's in heaven with the Creator. I know that God's got you safe until the day we can meet again. I love you, Dermot,” Caippa added.

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