OBITUARY

Ryan Jeffrey Poli

February 8, 1996July 11, 2017

We remember Ryan as a sensitive and caring person who brought joy and humor into our lives. He succumbed to a long battle with depression and anxiety and passed away at his childhood home on July 11, 2017. Depression is a disease of the mind and one’s mental outlook and we know he is at rest and without pain now.

Ryan was born in Augusta County, Virginia on February 8, 1996. He grew up in the Afton Glen neighborhood of Springfield, Virginia. He attended Sangster Elementary and was active in Cub Scouts and skateboarding. He graduated from Lake Braddock High School in 2014. He completed a George Mason University certificate in Web Design in 2015, and was attending Northern Virginia Community College working toward a degree in Communication Design.

Ryan had many talents. More than anything else, he wanted to be remembered as an artist, practicing his work through graffiti by his tag, Intrepid. He owned his own business, Intrepid Design Company, to promote his graffiti art on clothing. He also loved playing the drums and would often play during our neighborhood Independence Day celebration with the “Blues and Jazz Men Band” of Blue Jasmine Court.

He is survived by his parents, Jeff and Lori Poli; sister, Lindsey Poli; grandparents, Mary Ann Jones from Palm Bay, FL and Elizabeth Tracy from Sarasota, FL and long time girlfriend, Gabby Draugelis.

--You can remember Ryan Poli, Intrepid, and his passion for art with a donation in lieu of flowers to: Alex Goldstein/The Fridge in Ryan’s name. The Fridge DC is an art gallery, performance space, music venue and classroom, which supports the DC graffiti and street art community. For more information, contact curator Alex Goldstein, alex@thefridgedc.com or visit www.thefridgedc.com.

His memorial service will be at Knollwood Community Church on Saturday, July 29, at 4:00 PM. Knollwood Community Church is located at 10000 Coffer Woods Road, Burke VA 22015.

You can also make a donation in memory of Ryan Poli to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.event&eventID=2078.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

Memories

Ryan Jeffrey Poli

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August 27, 2017

Dear Jeff, Lori and Lindsey,

We will remember Ryan as a ray of sunshine with a quick smile and twinkle in his eyes. We have so many wonderful memories with him. There are all of the scout campouts and activities, fun times at school and the many sleepovers. No one can forget all of the skateboard antics and dare devil bike jumps. We hope that your memories will bring you some comfort at this very difficult time.

Matt has always been in awe of Ryans artistic talents and proud of the business he created. Fortunately, Ryans presence will always be with us through his art.

Please know that we share in the sorrow of losing Ryan, and join you in celebrating his life and many accomplishments. Ryan made a huge and positive impact on so many.

In deepest sympathy,
Tish, Laura and Matt

July 29, 2017

Lori, Lindsey and Jeff,
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace. Much love, hugs and prayers,
Shaheen and Alex

Dave and Dena Schult

July 28, 2017

Ryan gave his parents and grandparents many wonderful memories as he grew up....may they be comforted these memories, until they are all together again in God's arms.

Diane Cadalzo

July 28, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Even in passing, our loved ones never leave for good. During this sad and dark time, Ryan will be with you in spirit, making sure all the wonderful memories comfort you. All our love, the Cadalzo family, Raleigh NC

July 26, 2017

God Bless Ryan and his whole family. The Piraino family

Elaine Romanias

July 25, 2017

God Bless the Poli family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathleen Tompkins

July 23, 2017

May your faith bring you comfort and time bring you peace.
Our thought and prayers are with you.
The Tompkins family

Amy Webb

July 20, 2017

Sending strength and love to Ryan's family. He made a positive impact on my son's lives and hope he is at peace.

Alfred Gilbert

July 20, 2017

My deepest condolences to the Poli family.

Howell Russ

July 19, 2017

Keeping you all in our prayers. -the Russ Family

FROM THE FAMILY