Photo taken by Samantha Civitate, Best Buddies Virginia Lead Program Manager, on April 13, 2013
To all of our dear friends,
We would like to let you know that our pastry chef, Sean Sasser, passed away on August 7, 2013 after a very brief but brutal battle with Mesothelioma. He was 44 years young. We all feel that Sean was brought to us for a reason and we are sad and angry that he was taken so early. I am sure, however, that we will uncover what we don't yet understand and ultimately be strengthened by it.
Sean was an amazing technician of his craft, a joy to watch, and an even greater joy was had in tasting the treats he created. I asked him once where he learned such precision in his technique and he simply said, "I have had great teachers." Thank you to Sean's teachers. Thank you to Sean.
Sean Sasser is known to many in this world as a hero. He is a hero to us, too, here at RIS, our quiet sweet hero. Our love and friendship go to Sean’s husband, Michael, and their families.
Ris Lacoste and the staff of RIS
...one of the best pastry chefs I've known, filled with kindness and knowledge. Perfection, details and love were what you could see and taste in every dessert he made. Sean will be missed.
Melania Castegnaro, Assistant Pastry Chef, RIS
Words cannot express the gratitude I feel when I think of Sean. He was an artist, passionate and true to the culinary arts. I thank God for placing him in my life. I will never forget his wonderful smile.
Sarah Biglan, Chef, RIS