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After several years of Alzheimer's related complications, Alfred Calabrese, former Westport Tax Assessor, died peacefully in his sleep on May 21st, 2013 at the age of 92. "Fred", as he was known, was a long time Westport resident until his retirement to Cape Cod in 1985. The first American -born child of immigrant parents, Fred worked his way through Suffolk School of Law by cutting meat in his father's grocery store in Boston. He went on to serve in WWII, met and married Bernadine, his wife of 70 years, and moved to Westport where he remained as Tax Assessor for more than 20 years. Here he was active in town politics and together with Herbert Baldwin, the then First Selectman, Fred was instrumental in the towns acquisition of Longshore Country Club. Known for his zest for life, Fred acted in several local theater groups. He was an accomplished cook who loved to entertain, often hosting guests around the piano with printed lyrics so everyone could sing along. With a reputation for his impeccable style of dress, Fred, often in a bowtie, always in a perfectly fitting suit, was a familiar sight around town where he knew almost everyone.
He is survived by his wife Bernadine, by his three children Donna Rosenfeld, Diane Ackley and Mark Calabrese and by his grandson Paul Ackley.
Published in Westport News from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2013