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Son of Riccardo's owners dies in crash; Demolition begins at events center site

SUBMITTED PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - Oregon State Police troopers say Gabriel Spaccarelli died when his motorcycle left Highway 218 and crashed in a field near Antelope.

Son of Riccardo's owners dies in crash

Gabriel Spaccarelli, 44, the son of Riccardo's Ristorante owners Riccardo and Georgette Spaccerelli, died Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on Highway 218 near Antelope and crashed in an adjacent field.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: SPACCARELLI FAMILY - Gabriel Spaccarelli poses with his father Riccardo during a recent family trip to Italy.Spaccarelli sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Fossil Fire Department and ODOT.

Spaccarelli and his siblings — sister Maria and older brother Nathan — grew up working in their parents' Italian restaurant, which opened its doors in Lake Oswego in 1980 and has remained a culinary icon in the Lake Grove neighborhood ever since.

During a trip to Italy in 1986, the family toured the illy factory and the brothers developed a passion for Italian coffee. In 1996, Nathan and his wife Kathrin launched Sapori Fine Flavors and became the exclusive illy coffee providers in the Portland area.

Gabriel Spaccarelli is listed as the company's quality specialist on its website.

On Thursday, the family released details of his funeral service and celebration of life, which are both open to the public:

-- The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Saint Clare Parish, 8535 S.W. 19th Ave., Portland.

-- A Celebration of Life reception will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23. Guests are invited to come and go anytime between 1-4 p.m. at Riccardo's Ristorante, 16035 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego.

The Spaccarelli family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover "the mountain of funeral, transportation, medical bills, etc., that are piling up on his wife, April." To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/gabriel-spaccarelli-memorial-fund.

Demolition begins at events center site

Demolition crews have begun tearing down the buildings that sit at the northeast corner of B Avenue and Third Street to make way for a new downtown Lake Oswego events center that will sit atop a four-story structure on the site.

The ground floor of the future building will include retail space, while the middle two floors will feature office space — including a new headquarters for 10 Branch, the company behind the development.

10 Branch comprises 10 members of the Haladay family, several of whom live in Lake Oswego. Managing Partner Miles Haladay says the project is intended to fill some of the gaps in Lake Oswego's downtown by providing a large-scale meeting space as well as more offices.

Haladay says an official groundbreaking ceremony for the events center is tentatively planned for November.

— The Review

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