David Palcisko

An athletic scholarship will be set up to honor 15-year-old David Palcisko, who died unexpectedly Jan. 2 at his home on Lydia Circle.

David was a freshman at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, which canceled classes on Friday so students could attend his funeral Mass at St. Jude Church in Elyria. David was a member of the school’s junior varsity cross country team and was training with the sprinters with the school’s indoor track team.

HIs father, John Palcisko, announced plans for the “DMoney” Helping Hands Scholarship on the website, which reports on and broadcasts local high school sports.

The scholarship will be used to fund the athletic departments at St. Jude, St. Edward and North Ridgeville High School.

“We’re extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and compassion that has absolutely, genuinely knocked our socks off,” John Palcisko said in a statement on the Keeon sports website. “I was told, ‘You’re going to go through the most excruciating, painful process over the next few hours, days, weeks, months but you will encounter the absolute best that humanity has to offer.’”

Lorain County Coroner Frank P. Miller had not ruled on David’s cause of death by deadline.

A North Ridgeville emergency crew was called to the home about 1:15 p.m. by David’s father, said Fire Chief John Reese. David was found in his bed.

“The incident was kind of a shock,” Reese said. “It was a tragedy.”

Vincent McKee, who operates the Keeonsports site, said he became friends with the Palcisko family while covering sporting events involving David and sister Payton, a junor who plays basketball for the North Ridgeville Rangers.

“It’s just all very sad,” McKee said.

David was an honor student and involved with the school’s Academic Challenge team. He was an altar boy at St. Jude..

“As a father myself, I cannot even put into words my sorrow and pain for the Palcisko family,” McKee wrote on his website. “No parent should ever have to lose a child, let alone one this young.”

Donations to begin the scholarship were to be collected during a North Ridgeville High School girls varsity basketball game on Jan. 5, McKee said. The game was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns. The family is working to set up an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit and will begin accepting donations once that is in place, McKee said.

Contact this reporter at or 440-871-5797.

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