Ryan Michael Foti

March 7, 1980 - December 17, 2011
Ryan Michael Foti

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Ryan Michael Foti, 31, formerly of Hendersonville, died Saturday, December 17, at his home in the Bronx, NY due to a sudden illness. Born in New Jersey, he had lived in Port St. Lucie, FL and had lived in Hendersonville where he graduated from East Henderson High School. Following graduation he entered the U.S. Army in 1998. He was stationed at Fort Polk, LA and served as a sergeant with the 204th MP Company in Vincenza, Italy, Kosovo and Iraq. After his discharge in 2006 he received his BS in Biochemistry from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Yonkers, NY.

He loved music, cars, flying, and scuba diving and was a wine and coffee connoisseur. Ryan was fluent in Spanish and Italian. He was a huge Mets and NY Giants fan and loved New York City and Broadway. He was of the Catholic faith.

He leaves behind his loving girlfriend, Nafeeza Ali of the Bronx; his parents, Kelly and William Foti; his brother, Matthew Foti; his paternal grandparents, Shirley and Guy Foti; his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends as well as his military family. He also leaves his two cats, Tommy Bruce and Turbo. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James Robert Phalon and Lillian Phalon.

A funeral service will be held at 10 AM Friday, December 23, 2011 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home with Brother Michael Molloy officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post 77, Hedrick-Rhodes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5206, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14. The family will receive friends from 2 – 4:30 pm and 7 – 9 PM Thursday, with a Prayer Service at 7 PM at Shuler Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society of Houston, 7707 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77054.


Friday, December 23, 2011
12:00 AM

Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home - Directions
125 Orrs Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • January 02, 2012
    Alexis Balingcongan says:
    Ryan, Although our time spent together was short and classes at the Mount at times a little boring, it was always a pleasure and great conversations made when you were there. May you Rest in Peace.

  • January 28, 2012
    kevin neri says:
    hey paesan, how is heaven? so your stupid giants made it to the super bowl, i saw your ma a few weeks ago, tommy bruce was chillen, just wondering if you found kurt up there for a jam session? i know your in a better place, but still tough to handle, not sure when but we will see each other again! maybe we can golf 18 holes up there, im sure god has a sweet golf course. i miss you man, we all miss you.

  • January 24, 2012
    Joseph J. Balsamo, Balsamo Funeral Home says:
    I did not get to meet Ryan, however I was lucky enough to meet his family. Meeting them in a unique way reaffirmed that the business path I have taken in life was the proper choice. Not only was I able to help a family in need but I was able to make new friends. The time I got to share and hear stories of Ryan made me feel as if I new him and was a member of his extended family. I look foward to seeing his family again and breaking some bread and tipping a glass of wine in Ryan's memory.

  • January 12, 2012
    Billy Garcia says:
    You were like a brother to me. You will be missed and never forgotten. When our backs were up against the wall we were always there for each other. See you when I get there Ryan.

  • January 09, 2012
    Stacy Cerny says:
    Please watch over your family and friends from up there, we could all use it. I feel terrible that I never got to meet you, but I feel as if I have, from our phone conversations and all the stories I have heard about you. You will be terribly missed buddy. Rest in peace!