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Ethan Andrew Bagge

August 19, 1998 - December 18, 2020

Memorial Gathering: Tuesday, December 29th 4:00-7:00 p.m. Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton

*Please note, services will be held at our Hopkinton location. Please adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.

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Words cannot begin to express the pain you must be feeling at the loss of Ethan. Wishing you peace to bring comfort. Courage to face the days ahead. And loving memories to forever hold dear in your hearts. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Rich and Nancy (Tringali) Randall on December 30, 2020

Ruthanne, My heart just broke when I heard the news. I don’t know what to say to give you peace at this tragic time. Just know I am thinking of you and hugging you and whispering soft comfort to you and your family. Kay

Posted by Kay furst on December 30, 2020

Your mom spoke highly of you every day while we were together in the art room during my student teaching. You are missed dearly.

Posted by The Davies Family on December 29, 2020

I just happened to read this obituary in the BG today while visiting my parents. My husband’s family is from Holliston . He graduated in 1976 and lost a good friend the same way not long after. Unfortunately unconditional love can not cure this terrible disease. Chesmore’s and st Mary’s cemetery has seen too many young people. My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time. May you soon only have happy memories.

Posted by Anonymous on December 28, 2020

I don’t know you or Ethan but my heart goes out to you and him. I’m a mom of. 26 year old with a lifetime of pretty serious MI. It’s so unfair how little research and treatment options there are. Ethan is not being tortured any more. Hope your hearts find peace soon.

Posted by Anonymous on December 27, 2020

Dont know you or your precious child. I want to applaud your bravery on posting both Ethan's wonderfulness and his struggles. Until more people start openly, painfully, frequently discussing suicide, mental illness, and alcoholism in Death Notices, nothing will change. And families will continue to suffer, thinking its just my family. The Government needs to start seriously funding family support in addition to developing better treatments. However, until you have travelled the road of a cherished loved ones daily struggles, tasted the bitterness of constant failed attempts to solve the problems, years of arguments, violence, good times, stupid comments from well meaning people, you cant understand. Your Ethan was loved. You did everything you could. It hurts. Always will. And yes, I am losing a mentally ill loved one to addiction. Helpless to change the course. Ethan is at peace, really. Just like my darling loved one will be.

Posted by Anonymous on December 24, 2020

Ruthanne, Mike, and Nathaniel, We were crushed to hear of Ethan’s passing. We had so many great times with you all, cheering for one, then for the other, at tournaments, games, early practices and breakfasts, as well as just hanging out, the kids playing somewhere. Ethan was such an adorable child, a sweet smile and humble superstar. He was just precious and you have our deepest condolences. We know that you have always been supportive and present for Ethan. Mental illness has touched and devastated our family in the past and we understand and regret your grief. Please check in with us once you feel ready. Always here to lend an ear. Virtual tight hugs. Love, The Schlickes Ps: Julia is fka Brian

Posted by Gail, Kevin, Kyle and Julia on December 24, 2020

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Barbara Milot on December 23, 2020

Ethan was a good person and we want him to remembered that way. He never strayed from the morals and ethics of being nice boy who grew into a respectful young man from Holliston. It is important for us and for Ethan that anyone who is reading this knows this. Ethan developed schizophrenia, which is a puzzling and too often a tragic illness. He was never diagnosed, but we are certain that this was what it was that lead us to this place. He was hospitalized just once, but released to our care after just a short stay. The signs of mental illness first showed up after his freshman year at college, and progressively got worse with each passing year. We misread these signs, as just Ethan’s way of growing up. He dropped out of/ withdrew from college a total of four times. We listened to his views on how he was going to be successful in an unconventional way. With each passing year he would spend less and less time in Holliston. After a big family blow up in January 2020, he moved to Montana and we had minimal contact. When he returned at the end of August, he was feeling proud that he been able to survive far from home on his own and was going to finish his last semester of college. He dropped out again and was hospitalized in mid-September. After looking at his journals, we began to comprehend the severity of what was going on in his mind. He knew what was happening to him but was powerless to understand what could be done to save him. During the months of October and November we tried to keep him safe, but things were deteriorating quickly and communication with him was lost. We just want this to be known, what happened. Mental illness is devastating. We tried desperately hard to save him. The story is so much more complex than this, on so many different levels, but this just one of synopsis that we could share of this terrible tragedy.

Posted by Michael Bagge on December 23, 2020

Utimate Frisbee

Posted by Nancy A McSurely on December 23, 2020

Dear Mike and Ruthanne, I'm so very sorry to learn of Ethan's passing. I have many fond memories of coaching Ethan in Demons. He was a great kid, always very respectful and extremely hard working on the ice. As one of the smallest players out there in our games, he didn't let that get in his way and never backed down. He was one of my favorites. My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time.

Posted by Stuart Montgomery on December 23, 2020

I am so sorry for your devastating loss. Mental illness takes a toll on the entire family and schizophrenia is a terrible beast to fight for those affected and those trying to help. Thank you for being so open and transparent in your loss. It may help others struggling with this disease or with an affected loved one. Thinking of your entire family during this period of grief.

Posted by Meredith on December 22, 2020

Very saddened to hear this. May you rest in peace Ethan.

Posted by Scott O’Connor on December 20, 2020

Ethan at Ossipee Lake

Posted by Maureen Fowler on December 20, 2020

I already miss you. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Maureen Fowler on December 20, 2020