Life of Carly Ferro celebrated on anniversary of crash
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | September 27,2013
Albert J. Marro / Staff Pho
There was a large gathering of family, friends and neighbors Thursday night at Over Easy's in Cuttingsville for a musical tribute to Carly Ferro who was killed one year ago in a bizarre accident in Rutland City. Purple candles burned around the area. Purple was Ferro's favorite color. 09/26/13
Carly Ferro died a year ago but her father wanted another chance to say goodbye.
When the 17-year-old high school student was laid to rest following a crash that police say was caused by an impaired driver on Cleveland Avenue in Rutland, Ron Ferro, who was also injured in the crash, struggled out of his hospital bed to be at her funeral, according to his close friend Penney Jelley Johnson.
But he remembers little of the ceremony, she said, due to his injuries and the medications he was taking during his recovery.
“Ron never had a chance to say goodbye,” Jelley Johnson said.
On Thursday evening on the front lawn of the Over Easy’s restaurant he owns in Cuttingsville, Ron Ferro and about 50 family members and friends paid tribute to a girl who touched many lives.
“This is his way of saying ‘Hey, I want people to know who my daughter was,’” Jelley Johnson said before the start of the service.
The father didn’t speak during the hourlong event but Jelley Johnson shared a number of memories of Carly, starting with her laughter.
“Carly was all about laughter,” she said. “It’s hard to pick only a few things about this young lady that I really love, but the first is her laughter.”
Jelley Johnson also recalled the teenager’s honesty, her love of music and “beboppin’ around” and, of course, her love of the game of golf.
Carly started playing the game when she was 6 or 7 years old. By the age of 13, she was competing and at the age of 16, she hit her first hole-in-one while playing in the New England High School Championships.
In a twist of fate, her second hole-in-one, clubbed on the 15th green of the Rutland Country Club course, is something she has in common with her father.
At some point not long after Carly’s death, Ron Ferro sunk the second hole-in-one of his life on the same green.
“Tell me Carly didn’t have a hand pushing that one in,” Jelley Johnson said to applause and laughter from the crowd.
Her recollections were interspersed by musical performances by a number of artists who sang songs such as “Streets of London,” “The Weight” and “See You Again.”
“While we’re here to celebrate her life, we know she passed too soon,” artist Michelle Kenny said before singing “If I Die Young.”
As dusk settled over the lawn, those in attendance lighted floating lanterns in memory of Carly. The lanterns shone like stars as they drifted east over the treetops.
Afterwards, the gathering moved inside the restaurant where cookies and cupcakes with purple frosting — Carly’s favorite color — were handed round and guests were invited to sign a memory quilt for Ron Ferro.
Never mentioned during the tribute was the cause of the young woman’s death or of Alex Spanos, the 24-year-old Rutland man charged with killing her.
Spanos remains jailed while awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder. Police say Spanos was huffing from an aerosol can and passed out before crashing at high speed into a row of parked cars outside Rutland Discount Food and Liquidation on Cleveland Avenue, where Carly had just finished work.