I grew up right across the street from the Fedele family where Claudia became my close friend the summer before our 4th grade. I will always remember Mr. Fedele as being a loving, nurturing, and caring father to Joey, Claudia, Verona, Gregory and little Christopher. Most of all a loving husband and constant companion to Mrs. Fedele. they were always side by side and I don't recall ever seeing one without the other.
I smile to myself whenever I think of Mr. Fedele's pride in being Italian and of his love in displaying the colors of the Italian flag.
I remember Summers on 208 and going Camping "Fedele Style" - I remember Mr. Fedele holding me while I tried to learn how to ride Claudia's unicycle - rushing me to the hospital when I cut my wrist and staying with me in the emergency room until they were done with my stitches - I remember Mr. Fedele's office and him offering my dad help and advice with his back problems and visiting him in the hospital. I loved his woodworking and the Adderrondac chairs that he built. And I remember him being a presence at Holy Cross Church on Sunday mornings passing out the collection basket.
Mr. Fedele has always been known as "Dr. Fedele" to me and he will always be part of my childhood memories and a great part of my growing up years. He was the "Heart of 208" and will be deeply missed by all who grew up there. With loving memories, Christine (Chrestoff) Taylor.