Ryer Thomas Schermerhorn

  • Died: December 16, 2014
  • Location: Rotonda West, Florida

Roberson Funeral Home and Crematory

2151 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Tel. 941-629-3141

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ryer Thomas Schermerhorn, 14, of Rotonda West, Florida died Tuesday, December 16, 2014. He was born August 30, 2000 in Lancaster, Ohio.

Ryer was a student of Grand Master Derrick Maretti achieving a second degree black belt in TKD and was a Life Scout working on his Final Eagle requirements for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 100. Ryer studied piano as well as some percussion and French Horn. Ryer was certified as an advanced scuba diver with Nitrox. He enjoyed SCUBA diving both from his boat and with those of Fantasea Scuba as well as sailing with the USSMC. Ryer was a defender of justice overcoming and helping several others overcome peer pressure and bullying. Ryer was respected and admired by his peers and by those adults who choose to care about him as an individual and who dedicated their time to teach and advance his skills, talents and knowledge.

Survived by his loving parents Scott and Karen Schermerhorn, Aunt & Uncle Rebecca & Lee Jackrel, Great Grandmother Gladys Weeks, Grandmother Bonney Clewes Schermerhorn and Grandfathers Chester Kolasa and Porter Schermerhorn.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Ryer will be released back to the universe from which he came into the Gulf of Mexico.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I know it has been a long time, so I am sorry to Mr. and Mrs. Schermerhorn if this causes distress of any kind, but I was reminded of Ryer recently, and I didn't voice my feelings here when he was lost, despite having many of them. To this day I remember Ryer as the first person who stood up for me. I remember how surprised I was when someone was there to support me, against the ill will of others. Oftentimes we dont let people know how much we appreciate their actions until it is too late, and this is definitely the case with me and Ryers friendship. While I cant speak for others, I can say that he had a profound and lasting impact on me. To this day, I try my hardest to remind those who I care about how much their little actions mean to me. Ryer was truly one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have met in my entire life, and even now I miss him.

Thank you for being there for me when I needed you Ryer.

Posted by G - Sarasota, FL   August 12, 2019

Scouting connected us to your wonderful son Ryer, and we are devastated to learn of your loss. Leeson was a friend and Sniperz patrol mate of Ryer and was very sad to learn of his death. Please accept our condolences for this injustice. If you want to talk, please e-mail or call. My number is available through Scoutmaster Dr. A.

Posted by Lee Foullon - Father of fellow Boy Scout   April 06, 2015



Posted by Christina Jordan - Port Charlotte, FL - survivor of son's suicide   February 19, 2015


Dear Cousin,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you also. Please be confident in the excellent job you both did raising your son. It is reflected here by your friends and family. Although we are distances apart, we want you to know we are here if you need a friend to talk to. Love, Kim LaRoy

Posted by Kim LaRoy - Kennedy, NY - Cousin   January 12, 2015


Karen and Scott,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Although I did not know Ryer as a young man, I know he must have been a wonderful person because he was raised by the two of you. Always remember the good times you shared and keep these memories in your heart forever.

Posted by Jackie Parshall - Middletown, NY - Cousin   January 08, 2015


It is with great sadness and an extremely heavy heart that we must share our condolences to the Schermerhorn family. Ryer was a kind and wonderful young man. The world has suffered a great loss. We were given the opportunity to have Ryer in our scuba diving classes and to share his love of diving with him and his father Scott.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Jim and Julie Joseph - Port Charlotte, FL - Friends   January 08, 2015

Dear Mr and Mrs Schermerhorn,
My father and I would like to offer you our condolences. Ryer was a great friend and a great scout, and we are deeply sorry about this tragic event. Even though I didn't know him that well, I always could see what a caring and talented young man he was. He always had a witty comment to add to a discussion, and was very humorous as well. The world lost a truly great human being, and on behalf of the Sniperz patrol we would like to thank you for traveling a long way from home every Monday so he could be a part of us. We are deeply sorry about this happening and will always treasure the moments we did get to spend with him.

Michael Meisner
Troop 100

Posted by Michael Meisner - Sarasota, FL - Fellow Member of Troop 100   January 07, 2015

Leave a condolence or a memory.

Posted by Michael Meisner - Sarasota, FL - Fellow Member of Troop 100   January 07, 2015

It is with a very heavy heart that we give our deepest condolences to Karen and Scott from the Jameson family. We cannot even begin to imagine your pain and what you are going through right now. BJ and Ryer practically grew up in Troop 100 together and shared many good times, memories that will last a lifetime. He will be missed, our hearts break for you.

Posted by al jameson    January 06, 2015

To Mr. And Mrs. Schermerhorn,
I was only informed tonight at our scout meeting and I'm not sure if I was a friend to ryer but we talked a lot and hung out on campouts. I was so devastated by this new I cried non stop. Ryer was the first scout to talk to me in a kind and caring way. He was so nice to everyone and funny too. He was an excellent leader and definitely deserved eagle. He was destined for great things. I can only imagine the pain you are feeling for your loss. He was a great peer and leader he knew when to be funny and when to be serious. Ryer was a great friend and a very bright light. Ryer is with the Lord now.

Posted by Ryan Hicks - Sarasota, FL - friends troop 100   January 06, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. Schermerhorn,
I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your son, Ryer. I had known him from 4th grade until he was chosen to transfer to FSW. I'm sure he is happier now; without the bullying and meanness. He was a great person. That, I knew. Maybe we all should have appreciated his kindness just a bit more. I am so sorry for your loss...

Posted by Matt Considine    December 29, 2014

I umm... Want to apologize for anything that we all may have said or did to hurt you emotionally. My name doesn't matter as I speak for all of your classmates who bullied you. I never got the chance to apologize for everything that was said. Please forgive those of us who have arose to the occasion and confessed to this awful deed. I understand that it doesn't do justice to what has happened but just wanted to tell you and your family that I sincerely apologize for my actions and those of my peers.

May God be with you.

Posted by The Class of 2018 - FL - Classmate   December 29, 2014

Although I only met Ryer a few times, I remember his smiling face. His Mother never stopped talking about him and how proud she is of his many accomplishments in such a short time. It is pure dedication and perseverance to be studying for the lifelong achievement of an Eagle Scout along with all of his other proficiencies. Ryer's loving spirit and memories will always be with you. Our children may leave this Earth but remain with us forever. Margie

Posted by Margie Cuoco - Englewood, FL - Friend of Karen's   December 28, 2014


Knowing that in no way will this make up for your void, I'd like to apologize for your loss and I wish good travels on the road ahead.

Posted by Kristen Locker - Englewood, FL - Friend   December 27, 2014

I am so very sorry to learn of Ryers's death. As a parent who lost a son, I know how devastating that is. My deepest sympathy to you both.

Posted by Carol Davenport - Liverpool, NY - friend of Porter   December 26, 2014

Dear Ms. and Mrs. Schermerhorn,

My son Helmut had the pleasure of being one of Ryer's first friends when he moved here as they were buddied up in their second grade class, since they had so much in common. Helmut was lucky enough to be able to share classes with Ryer that year and then again in 4-8th. We are so sorry to hear that Ryer is gone. We will always think fondly of him.


The Carter Family

Posted by Sarah Carter - Rotonda West, FL   December 24, 2014


His precious memory will always be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Joanne Newman - St. Petersbrug, FL - Karen't co-worker   December 24, 2014

Ryer played the role of Philostrate last spring in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with all the commitment and dignity that the role demands. Indeed, that role was perfect for Ryer as a most dignified and committed young man. Ryer brought much goodness and light to his classes, his classmates, and his teachers.
I deeply mourn for you and for Ryer.
With sincerest hope that your hearts may heal, Pat Foster

Posted by Pat Foster - Englewood, FL - teacher   December 24, 2014


Please let us know if there is anything we can do...

Ryer was an inspiration to all of us and we have all been positively touched by his presence in our lives.

Posted by Dawn Sudbury - Sarasota, FL - friend   December 24, 2014



Please know I'm here for you. I cannot find the words to say what my heart feels, just know I'm thinking of you and praying for you always. Kym

Posted by Kym dawson - North port, FL - Friend   December 24, 2014

I am so shocked to hear about Ryer's passing. He is such a great boy, now with the Lord. I always enjoyed talking with him. He was always very optimistic about the future and I enjoyed his great confidence in himself and his love for his family and life. I enjoyed our discussions about sailing, marital arts, scouts, and other things he enjoyed.

Jim Fendrick

Posted by Jim Fendrick - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   December 23, 2014


My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Praying you will find some peace!

Posted by Danielle Whitmore - Rotonda West, FL - Friend   December 23, 2014


Karen and Scott, my heart goes out to both of you, you both will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Vickie Pettigrew - Englewood, FL - friend   December 23, 2014


Karen- sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you. Dale

Posted by DALE CARTER - PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FRIEND   December 23, 2014


Karen, Scott, Bonney, Becky and Family,

We are so terribly sorry that you have lost this wonderful young man. Keeping you in thought and prayer.

Posted by John and Susan Lynch - Phoenix, NY - Friend of Ryan's grandmother   December 23, 2014


Dear Schermerhorns,

I cannot even begin to wrap my head or my heart around what must be such a tragic and devastating time for your family. Our children are literally our hearts beating and running around outside of our bodies. To lose one is to lose our own soul... I pray that God wraps his arms around you and the Angels sing lullabys to sooth you in this time of great need. Bless you all, and know that many will be praying for the comforting of your grief.

Posted by Debra Midolo - Punta Gorda, FL   December 23, 2014

I'm so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Angela Carnell - Englewood, FL - Co-worker of Karen   December 23, 2014


Scott. & Karen
May God bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time. God Bless you and your family.

Posted by John & Sandi Slough - Rotonda West, FL - Neighbor   December 23, 2014

So sorry to learn of your loss.. Please accept my sincerest condolences..

Posted by Sharon Withem - Lancaster, OH   December 23, 2014

I was so shocked to hear this sad sad news. I never met Ryer, but I always felt close to Scott and his sister as they grew up in Phoenix .N.Y. Ryer's grandmother is my good friend and we always kept each other informed of our children as they grew up and became adults. This loss is so devastatingly hard to fathom. If I could fly down there to see you, I would do it. I love your family, Scott and I am sending some warm bear hugs to all of you. The write up for Ryer gives me a very beautiful picture of the wonderful person you raised. I'm sure your picture is a huge canvas to fill the whole sky.. I send my love to you alwaysoxo

Posted by Joanne Weiss - Henryville, PA - Close friend of Bonney,   December 23, 2014

Scott&Karen,Our prayers are with
You, and may you find comfort in knowing that Ryer is at peace in his heavenly father's arms.Ryer was very special to Jesse & I.Our love and prayers are with you.

Posted by Jesse & Mary Lou Downhour - Lancaster, OH - Family Friend   December 23, 2014

Scott and family so sorry for your loss prayers for your family.

Posted by Debi Medley - lancaster, OH - friend   December 23, 2014


Karen & Scott,
My heart goes out to you ,sending many prayers for healing your way. May your faith assist you in these troubled times . God will comfort you & give you the strength to move forward . Only time can begin to heal your broken heart, may all his happy memories flood your heart & mind. Much love

Posted by Jo-Anne Calahan - St Petersburg, FL - friend of Karen   December 23, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief. We Love and miss you.

Posted by Jessi (Sanders), Scott & Alli Stimmell - Lancaster, OH - family friend   December 23, 2014

Oh my Dearest friend from long ago....Scott, Karen and Ryer you all have a very special place in my heart!

I am still in shock to hear the news of a great kid/Ryer who has went to be with his maker.

I can only pray for you and hope that it will ease the pain only to what it can.

I remember when he would come to the house and as a kid and would playing with Jessi and Bubby!! Oh yes and Rick thought he was a kids to and played right beside them.

Just remember Scott and Karen..Rick is in heaven and will watch over Ryer for you till you meet again.

Love you all with all my heart.

My Prayer and love go out to you both,
Melissa (Missy) Sanders

Posted by Melissa Sanders - Baltimore, OH - Best of Friends   December 23, 2014


I did not know Ryer. However, I heard of this terrible news and just cried. I too have children and can't not even begin to imagine the pain you are all feeling. Please know that there are plenty of people in this community who truly care. My prayers are with your family.

Posted by Elaine Sonnenberg - Englewood, FL - none   December 23, 2014

Scott There are no words to express how sorry I am to hear about your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your wife. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Posted by Theony - englewood, FL - co-worker   December 23, 2014


Jerry and I wish to offer our deepest sympathy for your indescribable loss. May God offer you solace and loving support. Please, call me ANY time if you need someone to talk or cry with! All our love. Anne and Jerry Steimle

Posted by Anne and Jerry Steimle - Punta Gorda, FL - Friend   December 23, 2014


Were are so sorry to hear about Ryer's passing. Sending prayers of God's love, comfort & strength for all through this difficult time. Although we did not know him well, Ryer being a year younger than our son, he left a lasting impression as a kind hearted soul. May peace be with you now & always.

Posted by Mo, Scott & Mitch Wark - Englewood, FL   December 22, 2014


Ryer, May the flame from all of your candles light the way for you to bestow upon those who don't understand the harm from misused words, uneasy stares and unfortunate physical assault so that your loss will never be in vein. Our community has lost an incredible young man but I do believe you were chosen to leave this earth to send a message to help others who also suffer at the hands of bullies. Those that have hurt you and my own children and so many other victims will not lead a productive, happy life. If we do not show love to others, we will never have a full heart. From this day forward, I will do my part in making a difference in helping to make a difference in the cruel world of bullying. You are a special young many to have always taken the initiative to make a difference in someone else's life. I can't imagine how many other peers you've kept alive! God Bless you and your family and keep you in peace.

Posted by Renee Fanelli Galloway - Port Charlotte, FL - mother of student who knew Ryer   December 22, 2014


Karen and Scott,

We cannot express how sad we were to receive the news of Ryer's passing. We wanted to let you know that all of you are all in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers.

If there is ANYTHING we can do to help you in this time of need, please do not hesitate to ask or contacts us.

Javier, Kim, Andoni, and Ariana Aristimuño - your scouts friends Troop 100.

May the great Scoutmaster of all Scouts be with us 'til we meet again, good night Ryer.

Posted by Javier Aristimuño - Sarasota, FL - Scoutmaster, Mentopr   December 22, 2014


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Alpha Ashby - Riverview, FL - Co-worker   December 22, 2014

Ryer was always friendly and happy' as a student, very ambitious very handsome will be greatly missed! I am deeply sorry for the families loss... God give you strength...
Mrs. Cotton

Posted by Valerie Cotton - Englewood, FL - Former teacher/ art   December 22, 2014

Dear Karen and Scott
There are no words of sympathy to ease the pain I know you must be in. From all that you shared with me during our years of working together, I know that Ryer was the center of your universe. I pray that he now has found peace and that the angels will wrap their arms around you and Scott. Please know you will be continually in my thoughts and prayers.if there is anything I can do for you please don't hesitate to call me.

Sincerely, Cathy

Posted by Cathy Pinto - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend / former coworker   December 22, 2014


I'm am so sorry for your loss. I'm here if you need anything.

Posted by Kim Pelc - Englewood, FL - co-worker   December 22, 2014


I had the privilege of meet this young fella at a luncheon with his mom. I'm guessing he was 8 yrs old You could feel the love he has for his Mom and Dad in his conversation during lunch. He sat there so patience while his mom and I visited, I believe his favorite part was the marshmallow dessert we shared. That was my favorite too. This young man has touched so many lives in a positive way and we are so Blessed to have know him. As the angel escorted him to Heaven to spend Christmas with Jesus, his angel wings will sprout, and he will be dancing, singing, and playing the piano Rocking in Heaven.

Memories are the legacy of Love. May angels walk with you both today and always.

With tears in our hearts
Terri and Mal

Posted by Terri and Malcolm Bauer - Englewood, FL - Friend   December 22, 2014

Dear Karen and Scott,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please try to remember the wonderful times you had with your son during his short time on this earth and know that he is in a better place and that you will be with him again someday. May God give you the strength to go on during this difficult time in your lives.


Posted by Wenda Toohey - Spring Hill, FL - co-worker   December 22, 2014


Karen and Scott,

Just wnated you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by Helen Lindsey - Englewood, FL - Friend   December 22, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of Ryer's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Theresa Knapp - Boston, MA   December 22, 2014

Dear Karen and Scott,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Candace Cooke - New Port Richey, FL   December 22, 2014

Sending you love and hugs and praying for peace and healing during this difficult time. Please call is there is anything we can do for you.
Mike and Donna McCormick

Posted by Mike and Donna McCormick    December 22, 2014

Thinking of you and your family in this time of hardship. From what I have read, it looks like your son touched many lives.

Posted by Kayla Chapman - Saint Petersburg, FL - CoWorker   December 22, 2014



You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers. Word's cannot express how sorry I am that you are going through this. May god give you strength and understanding during this difficult time.


Posted by Heather Benjamin - Hudson, FL - Karen's Co-worker   December 22, 2014


I am so sorry for your loss. No words can express the sadness and grief that I know you and your husband are feeling. Know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time.

Katie Kirksey

Posted by Katie Kirksey - bradenton, FL - Friend   December 22, 2014

Our hearts pour out to you and your family in the worse loss imaginable. Please know that you and your husband are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you can find some comfort in the wonderful memories that you have and hold in your heart. Thinking of you and Sending you our deepest sympathy. ❤

Posted by Renee Tichy - Ruskin, FL - Co-worker   December 22, 2014

Dear Karen, My heart breakes for you and your family. Please know I'm here if you need to talk.

Posted by Luci Cosentino - Oviedo, FL - co-worker of Karen   December 22, 2014

I did not know your dear son, but I am so saddened to know of your great loss. I am visiting a relative who lives a few houses down from you and just wanted you and your family to know I am praying for you all.

Posted by Jan Dean - Whitefield, ME, ME - my cousin is a neighbor   December 22, 2014

No words can express the enormous impact Ryer's passing has had on many of us in the school community. I shall never forget his smile, his infectious laugh and his generosity. My heart is broken for you. May you find comfort from God and all those who held Ryer so dear. Rest in peace, gentle Ryer.

Posted by Sharon Costedio - Rotonda West, FL - Teacher   December 21, 2014

May God give you strength through this difficult time, please accept my prayers and deepest condolences for your devastating and tragic loss.

Posted by Corinna Jensen - Port Charlotte, FL   December 21, 2014


My daughter Alexis was in a few over Ryer's classes a FSWC. She said Ryer was a great classmate. Alexis said Ryer was so funny and smart. I personally didn't know Ryer but Alexis called me after she found out about the passing of Ryer and she was extremely sad. We will both by praying for your family. We are sorry for your loss.

Jennifer Loukota

Posted by Jennifer Loukota - Pt Charlotte, FL - Daughter was a classmate of Ryer   December 21, 2014

My Dearest Friend
Just that GOD has a new ANGEL

Posted by Kathy Thimmes - Sugar Grove, OH - Friend   December 21, 2014

Scott and Karen,

I have no words to describe the devastation I feel for your loss. I know Ryer was everything to you and you proved that by all that you did with him and for him. He was quite the little gentleman and scholar. May he be in peace in heaven and may we offer our deepest condolences to you at this time. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to ask.


Howard and Judy

Posted by Judith & Howard Tucker - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   December 21, 2014

As someone who knew Ryer from my 4th grade year to the middle of my 8th, receiving the news that Ryer had passed left me truly heartbroken. Ryer was always kind to me as well as his other classmates. Giving, even on his birthday, when he would always insist that his guests bring canned food or money for a charity rather than presents for himself. This behavior was always constant throughout middle school when I was in a percussion class with him. He was always remarkably witty, and was a quick learner even though he normally played French Horn. I personally will always remember Ryer as someone who was always generous and helpful, as well as someone who always accepted other people's differences. To his family, I send my condolences. Ryer, will be missed not just by me, but by all who knew him.

Posted by Eryka Extejt - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   December 21, 2014


Dear Karen & Scott
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless the both of you.
Bob & Linda

Posted by Linda & Bob Bondeson - Rotunda West, FL   December 21, 2014

Scott and family - words cannot express our sadness at the death of your son. May God hold you in his arms in the coming months.
Larry anf Marlene Derrah ---Venetian Cleaners

Posted by Marlene Derrah    December 21, 2014

Dear Karen and Scott.......
There are no words to convey that could possibly express my sympathy for your loss. I will pray for your peace knowing that you will miss your Son. He is with our Lord now, and no doubt an Angel with wings who will watch over you
Sincerely, Melanie McCall Moulton

Posted by Melanie McCall Moulton - punta gorda, FL - Co-worker   December 21, 2014

Dear Karen & Scott-words cannot express the sincere sympathy we have for both of you. May Ryer Rest in Peace in God's Care. Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you and we are here for you always. Our home & hearts are open to both of you. Love, Joseph & Claudette

Posted by Joseph & Claudette Romano - Rotonda West, FL - Dear Friends   December 21, 2014

Dear Scott & Karen:
Please accept our sincere condolences.

Posted by Walter & Claudette Taylor - Rotonda West, FL   December 21, 2014


I was so sorry to read about your son's passing. I, too, lost my only child, Tyler Jordan when he was only 13. When reading about your son, it seems like both our sons were so much alike. Please accept any help I can give you during this time and know that I truly care. Please let me know or contact me by email if I can help you both in any way. I know this probably doesn't console you right now, but both our sons are now our guardian angels looking over us. I will light a candle for your son today. Sincerely, Christina Russo-Jordan

Posted by Christina Russo-Jordan - Port Charlotte, FL   December 21, 2014

Dear Karen and Scott,
There is no understanding this horrific loss. You have to be so very devastated and no words can even touch this gaping hole...but know that you have the love and prayers of so many people on this earth that Ryer touched with his love and smile.
There are souls too gentle to walk among wolves and so God protects them by calling them home. Your monumental task is dealing with this loss. May God wrap you in His loving arms and show you that Ryer is in peace and love.
When you find that you need a friend...we are out there...just call.
So much love wrapped in a hug for you,
Deb and Roy

Posted by Debbie Jeffes - Englewood, FL - Friend   December 21, 2014

Sharing our sincere condolences for your devastating and tragic loss, with hopes that fond memories Ryer will keep your family strong in days to come.


The Main Family

Posted by The Mains - Port Charlotte, FL   December 21, 2014


Dear Mr. & Mrs. Schermerhorn:

We are so very sorry for your unimaginable and devastating loss. We had the opportunity to meet Ryer at Grand Master Marretti's Martial Arts School, Super Kids, where our daughter Brianna took lessons with him.
Ryer was such a kind, well-mannered young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. R.I.P Ryer!
Robert & Lourdes Henesy

Posted by Lourdes Henesy - Rotonda West, FL   December 21, 2014

Ryer, we will miss you. We first met you when we were starting Superkids. We saw how hard you worked. You always gave your best. It made us want to work hard, too. We will miss you. Merry Christmas in heaven. Love from "the twins" Mary and Dan. Hugs. High fives and a fist bump.

Posted by Mary & Dan O'Brien and family - Rotonda West, FL - Friends, from Master Maretti's   December 21, 2014

We understand there are no words that can fully describe the devastation parents feel on the loss of a child. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow.

Posted by Paul & Denise Andrews - FL   December 21, 2014


Dear Mr. and Mrs. Shermerhorn, I am so sorry for your great loss. Words cannot do justice for what an amazing young man Ryer was. His friendly personality, helpfulness, and boundless inquisitiveness will be greatly missed by me and everyone at FSW. He was a positive influence in our world and made it a better place. I extend my thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Michael Mitchell - Punta Gorda, FL - Teacher   December 21, 2014

Ryer was an amazing kid. I took Tae Kwan Do with him. I was always partnered with the sweet little boy named Ryer. Then I started going to high school with him. I remembered him. He was an intelligent, sweet and caring boy and that's how we all will remember him. He always cared for others. He was a very special kid. FSW will never be the same. We love you Ryer.

Posted by Sunny Trehuba - Friend   December 21, 2014

I didn't know Ryer well as I was two grades ahead of him. However, everytine I saw him he was smiling, friendly and kind to everyone he encountered. Mr. and Mrs. Schermerhorn, I want you to know that your son will be missed, not just by family and friends, but by the entire FSWC community. He made our school a brighter place and he touched the lives of many. May the kingdom of Heaven belong to Ryer. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Haley Saine - punta Gorda, FL   December 21, 2014

We are very sorry for the loss of an amazing young man. Ryer, may you rest in peace with your Heavenly Father. God bless you and your family.

Posted by The Agles Family    December 21, 2014

Scott and Karen- There are no words to express our sympathy. We are so very sorry for your unimaginable loss. What a blessing it was to be lucky enough to be the parents of such an extraordinary young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both, as well as your families. We wish you peace and our condolences at this time.

Posted by Becky and Phil Williamson - Fulton, NY - Family friends   December 21, 2014


Dear Karen, Scott and Family,

Words cannot express enough the sympathy I feel for the loss of your son Ryer. I remember Ryer from Cub Scouts Pack 301. He was such a curious and smart young man. He was always asking questions and was not shy at all. Whatever was causing him pain and hurt is now gone and he is your Angel watching down upon you. God Bless you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Jolanda DeWaard-Snapp - Englewood, FL - Friend   December 21, 2014

Ryer you seemed super cool ive heard so much about you sp many good things but i cant believe your gone due to freaking bullying i hate how people think thats okay its not i just wanted to say i love you in a friendly manner and your in a place bullies arent allowed you shall be missed

Posted by Nevaeh Sanchez - Englewood, FL - best friends forever   December 21, 2014


I am so sorry for your loss Ryer was a sweet, caring young man and i consider it a privilege to have known him. please accept my prayers and deepest condolences.

Michele Meservey

Posted by Michele Meservey - Englewood, FL - Teacher   December 21, 2014

My heart is broken. I had Ryer in 6th grade in my Computer Class. In 7th and 8th he still came by my room with a smile and a hello. So many loved Ryer and we are devastated. I'm so very sorry Mr. And Mrs. Schermerhorn. My prayers are with you for peace. RIP Ryer. You will forever be in our hearts.

Posted by Leah Johnstone - Rotonda West, FL - Former teacher   December 21, 2014

I was sadden to hear of the passing of your son Ryer. My heart breaks for your family. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers as you process this unimaginable loss.

Posted by Jill Miranda - Englewood, FL - Mother of Owen Miranda   December 21, 2014

Our Prayers go out for the Thomas family. God bless you.

Posted by Dennis & Pam Friess - Rotonda West, FL - Neighbor   December 20, 2014


Me and ryer didnt talk much but my best wishes tho the whole family r.i.p my friend

Posted by jake sasser - englewood, FL - friend   December 20, 2014

Karen and Scott,
Words cannot describe how I feel. I know how much he meant to you,He will be in our prayers and may god give you strength through this difficult time. If there is anything I can due for you please call me.

Posted by stacy kalambalikis - port charlotte, FL - friend   December 20, 2014

My best wishes go to Ryer's family. Ryer was an amazing person. He is one of the best people I have ever met. We were in the same percussion class last year. Even though I didn't know him for a very long time, it doesn't mean he wasn't an amazing and close friend. Rest in peace.

Posted by Jenna Gardner - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   December 20, 2014


I'm so sorry for your loss. Ryer was such a bright young man and was a joy to work with while at the club. I really expected him to be going places and be great at whatever he wanted to do. I wish I could do more. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Morgan Carroll - Englewood, FL - boys and girls club counselor   December 20, 2014

Rest in peace in Jesus's arms beautiful boy.

Posted by Liz Likowski - Rotonda, FL - Live in Rotonda   December 20, 2014

Hat a bright, sweet boy you have. He was a gentle , peaceful soul, too good for this Earth.
I am so very sorry for your pain and suffering.
Our children went to elementary and middle school together. They were ivory in band.
I gave seen you and your boy for years at school fictions.
I am so very sorry.
He was a nice, bright, sweet boy
Who should not have left us so soon
We have lost a beautiful soul

With much love to you and your family

Amy and Abby Clothier

Posted by Amy Clothier - rotonda west, FL - none   December 20, 2014


You were loved by all and missed by all. School hasn't been the same without you. We wear orange for you almost every day in your honor.
Fly High & See you soon!

We love you (:

Posted by Holly LeBeau - Punta Gorda, FL - Friend   December 20, 2014

R.I.P Ryer
December 16 2014
Ryer, You were one of my first friends when I moved to Englewood Florida. I remember the day I met you like it was yesterday. You were smiling and laughing at the park flying a paper airplane with your parents. I was running around and you came up to me and introduced yourself and asked if I wanted to play with you. We were flying paper airplanes and running around laughing together with not a worry in the world. We played and hung out for hours having fun. When we both had to go home you hugged and said goodbye and left. We talked in school a lot and I was in some of your classes and we became very good friends. After you moved schools we didn't talk as much but we were still good friends. I remember every time we had awards assembly's you were always getting tons of honors awards and kindness awards. You were so smart and so sweet and you always know how to put smiles on peoples faces and you helped a lot of people. Just because your gone doesn't mean we aren't still friends. You are still my friend and always will be. You will always be in my heart and in my mind. You are the best Ryer :)
- Mikayla Hacksunda

Posted by Mikayla Hacksunda - Englewood, FL - First friend in Englewood   December 20, 2014


RIP Ryer.
You were such a wonderful friend, you were so intelligent, smart, nice and funny. FSWC will miss you and will never be the same. Fly high

Posted by Kayla miller - Englewood, FL - Friend   December 20, 2014


I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Ryer, but I did go to school at FSW last year. If I had gone this year, I'm sure that we would've been great friends. I'm so sorry.

Posted by Emanuella Cervello - North Port, FL - none   December 20, 2014

Rest in peace dear ryer. The world is not as bright without you in it

Posted by Martha Demetriou - friend of a friend   December 20, 2014

I'm so sorry for the loss of your son.

Posted by Nancy Snyder - Rotonda West, FL - neighbor   December 20, 2014


Dear Karen and Scott,

We are so very sorry for your loss. I truly cannot express the sadness I have in my heart. I know how much Ryer was loved and cherished. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you and your family.

All our best,

Carol and family

Posted by Carol Alexander - Rotonda West, FL - Friend   December 20, 2014


I considered myself a close friend of Ryer's. We talked a lot and had fun. I haven't spoken to him since the last school year and I deeply regret that. I am so sorry I couldn't have talked to him once more or helped him. To Ryer's family, I am so sorry. He will be missed dearly.

Posted by Brooke - Englewood, FL - Close Friend   December 20, 2014

I am a grade below Ryer. I didn't know him personally, but I passed by him in the halls of LA Ainger. I am very sorry for the whole Schermerhorn family. Ryer was and always will be a great person, peer, and leader. RIP

Posted by Seth - Englewood, FL - Peer   December 20, 2014

Holding your family up in prayer during this very sad Christmas Season. Take care.

Posted by Carol Galbreath - Rotonda West, FL   December 20, 2014


Dear Mr. And Mrs. Schermerhorn,

Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,

The Morrisons

Posted by Beth Morrison - Englewood, FL - Teacher   December 20, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. My daughter Mikaylah went to school with Ryer and had nothing but kind words about him. Your family is in our prayers.

Posted by Danee Weir - Placida, FL   December 20, 2014

So sorry for your lost. I didn't personally know ryer, but I went to the same martial arts class as him. I think he was a brilliant boy and could have went very far.

Posted by Skylar Goddard - englewood, FL - friend   December 20, 2014

Scott & Karen we are devastated by your loss. I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through. I will always remember the great times we had with Ryer on the water and under the water. It is those times we will cherish most, sincerest condolenses to you and the family.

Posted by Frank & Audrey - Punta Gorda, FL - Friend   December 20, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers. Love Rachel

Posted by Rachel Dix Loy - phoenix, NY - friend   December 20, 2014


Scott and Karen you are both in our hearts and Prayers. We are here for you both. We love you.
Terry and Barb

Posted by Terry and Barbara Girard - Port Charlotte, FL - Friends   December 20, 2014

Sorry for your lost. My daughter found him to be an extraordinary friend at FSW and person of innate goodness with strong character. She is heartbroken. Our family wishes your family healing and peace.

Posted by Jessica Smith - Port Charlotte, FL - Mother of a friend of Ryer   December 20, 2014


I did not personally know Ryer, but my daughter Deven Shinault did (school). In watching her personal grief, I wanted you to know how sorry I am for your loss. He was a good friend to her.

Posted by Krystale Shinault - punta gorda, FL - none   December 20, 2014


Ryer will be greatly missed, you are in our prayers.

Posted by Casandra Cancelliere - Rotonda west, FL   December 20, 2014

Dearest Mr. and Mrs. Schermerhorn,
I cannot express to you properly how devastated I am at the loss of your darling Ryer. My heart cries and I cannot begin to understand your pain. Please just know that I love Ryer and that he will always be, to me, a shinning, courtly young man.

With deepest sympathy and boundless love,
Sue James

Posted by Susan James - Port Charlotte, FL - Teacher   December 20, 2014

Karen and Scott you're both in my prayers. May God grant you strength and understanding....

Posted by Ralph and Carolyn Taylor - Weeki Wachee, FL - Friend   December 19, 2014