Louis A. Annecchino III, age 75, a Natick resident and retired Fairfield, CT music teacher, passed peacefully with his sons at his side on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Brigham & Women's Hospital. B orn, raised and educated in Natick, he was the son of the late Catherine (D'Onofrio) and the late Louis A. Annecchino, Jr. Lou's love of music began at a young age when he taught himself to play the piano in his home. He began playing the accordion at the age of 12 under the direction of Livio Costa, a mentor and close friend. Lou entered the US Army in 1958, and he performed with the 3rd Infantry Division Band as a clarinetist until 1961, spending two years performing overseas. Lou then completed his BA in Music at Boston University, where he became the first accordion player to be accepted as a student. He then earned a Masters of Music Degree from the University of Bridgeport. Lou taught music to elementary and middle school students for the next 24 years in Fairfield, Connecticut. Though he personally excelled with the accordion, piano, and clarinet, he was able to instruct his students on how to play virtually any instrument. He retired to Natick in 1993, where he continued to provide private music lessons to area students until his health no longer allowed him to do so. Lou is survived by his two sons, Louis A. Annecchino IV, and his wife, Julie Fox Annecchino, of Durham, and Lee C. Annecchino and his wife, Nancy DeRose Annecchino, of Glastonbury; four grandchildren, Carlie, Katherine, Paige, and Kyle Louis; and a number of close relatives and friends. His extended family included his former wife, Valerie Kaishian, whom he considered a close friend since childhood. Lou had an enduring love for dogs thorough out his life. His most recent companion, Lady, a white golden retriever rescue dog, stayed loyally by his side until the very end. Lou's family is forever indebted to his loyal physician, Christopher Fanta, M.D. ("Dr. Fantastic") for his extraordinary kindness and endless compassion over the many years of Lou's illness. His funeral will be held at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, Natick, MA on Monday, Feb. 11th at 9:00 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Patrick's Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Saint Patrick Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m. at John Everett & Sons Funeral Home. Donations may be made in Lou's memory to the The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, an organization devoted to keeping music alive in schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs. Website address:http://www.mhopus.org/ For guest book and directions, please visit www.everettfuneral.com.
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Published in MetroWest Daily News on Feb. 9, 2013