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Scholarship recipient meets benefactor just before fatal heart attack

October 11, 2019 3:27 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

(October 1, 2019 by Cape Gazette) It is a testament to Lawrence Tassone's life that his final act was one of generosity and philanthropy. Earlier this year, Brittany Ostasewski, a young nursing student at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, was awarded the Delaware Community Foundation’s Elisabeth S. Tassone Oncology Scholarship.

Lawrence, who named the scholarship after his wife after she passed away in 2017, loved to meet the scholarship award winners. He was looking forward to getting to know Ostasewski and hearing about her career plans. The two were scheduled to meet on the Delaware Tech campus for lunch and a photograph Aug. 16.

(Picture right: Scholarship recipient Brittany Ostasewski displays pictures of Lawrence and Elizabeth Tassone) 

Tragically, shortly after Ostasewski met Tassone in Delaware Tech's nursing office, he suffered a major heart attack and was rushed to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Stabilized, he was transferred to Peninsula Regional Medical Center but suffered another heart attack and kidney failure there. He died Aug. 20.

Ostasewski never got a chance to tell Tassone – “Tazz” to his friends – what his scholarship meant to her.

“I would have liked to thank Mr. Tassone for the honor in receiving this most generous gift in remembrance of his wife," she said. "In the short time meeting him, I realized how much he truly loved her. This great gift will help me further my path in nursing. I will forever remember both their legacies and the good deeds of the Tassone family.”

After her graduation in May, Ostasewski plans to go on to complete her bachelor of science in nursing degree at Delaware Tech.

The Delaware Community Foundation awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year, thanks to generous donors like Lawrence Tassone who are passionate about education.

For more information, go to www.delcf.org/scholarships. To make donations in memory of Lawrence Tassone and his wife Elisabeth, go to www.delcf.org/tassone.

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