Editor's Note: Friend Marco Corrado writes in to say .
"Frank DeCandia had leukemia and beat it but passed when he went into remission," he wrote via Twitter. "He was 23...studying journalism and was working at the (Boston) Globe on his first gig out of Suffolk...when he became ill. I was shocked when I saw ESPN. Frankie was a great man and an awesome journalist. Thanks for sharing this!"
Original article: A memorial in Malden's Forestdale Cemetery is briefly featured in a new ESPN commercial exploring how diehard sports fans – well, die.
Everett-based memorialist David DeFilippo said his family had run Woodland Memorials for four generations, but “never thought (his) line of work would help him end up on ESPN.”
The two engravings – one in Malden and another in Arizona – contain homages to the Red Sox, Patriots, Oakland Raiders and more, in what DeFlilppo described as an increasingly popular trend for the industry.
“Everything was mostly religious when I started 29 years ago,” he said. “People started to get away from that...listening to the families, they'll say, 'that (religious design) is nice, but it wasn't my Dad, he wasn't very religious, and I want the monument to reflect his life.”
DeFilippo said he's also carved memorials portraying the Suffolk Downs race track and even a can of beer.
You can watch the commercial above, or directy via YouTube.
The commercial is also part of a longer eight minute documentary by famed director Errol Morris, which includes an extended interview with DeFilippo.
Readers, what say you? Is this quirky and endearing way of remembering a sports fan something you'd like to do to remember a family member? Let us know in the almighty comment section below.