Palm Harbor resident Greg Fusco died Dec. 17 after suffering from a skull fracture during a Dec. 2 softball tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, according to a GoFundMe page created by friend Cortney Hinkle.
Fusco was on the pitcher’s mound at the Davis Park baseball diamond when a batted ball struck him in the temple, knocking him unconscious. He was subsequently flown to a Jacksonville hospital, where surgery was performed. Following surgery, he was placed in the Intensive Care Unit for recovery.
Fusco and his wife had recently returned from their honeymoon, and the GoFundMe page – which has raised more than $22,000 to date – was set up to help them with medical costs. After posting several updates that suggested Fusco might be making a recovery, Hinkle posted a notification on Dec. 17, however, that Fusco had died early that morning.
“Today is an unfortunate day,” she wrote. “There are no words to put together to even begin to start the healing process. … Thank you to everyone for all your love, support and donations.”
A funeral service was held for Fusco Dec. 28 at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Palm Harbor, and a Celebration of Life followed Dec. 30.