Uncle Fred, when I first knew you, you lived on 16th street, but I didn't know you very well because I was a very young child in those times and in the late years of your life you lived on Stonecroft, but you didn't live there long enough for me to build many memories within those walls. So to me, you will always have lived on Dorchester Road; that is where you fostered my fondest memories of our family. I see you there every time I drive by that house! The place where you & Aunt Alvira took a house & turned it into a home ~ not just for you, Sharon, Tommy and Larry, but for "all" your family, the hundreds of us!
You were always the synergy, the nucleus of our family, whether we were a Cassata, a Malucci, an Interdonato, a Shell, a Giambelluca, a Malone, a Heir, you made us one (and forgive me for not being able to list all the names of everyone you considered your family; the names are to endless), you brought us all together, you made friends feel like family and family was always the most important thing in the world to you. The food, the parties, the good times, the card games, the love, the devotion, the sharing, the cookies, the endless coffee pot, the laughs, the jokes, the stories, the hugs, the caring, the crying, the holidays, the sharing of yourselves for the good of us all; your doors and arms were always open and welcoming.
Uncle Fred, you opened your heart in ways that we should all emulate, you set the example and you showed us love in a way we should all learned from. If we could only remember to pay it forward and live by your example, we will give honor to the way you lived your life in a hope of experiencing the magic of your love again in our lives and in the lives of our children and those that go after us.
I am so grateful for the gift of you and the love you shared with me! I will miss you.