Fred J. Baldino
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February 25, 1922 - December 16, 2013 Fred Baldino passed away peacefully at the age of 91. Born Fred James Baldino in Pennsylvania, he was the 8th of 12 children. Fred enlisted in the US Army in May of 1941 and joined the 82nd Airborne. Fred made 3 combat jumps and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He participated in the crossing of the Waal River, considered to be one of the bravest acts of WWII. Fred came to California in 1945 and joined the US Post Office. He met his bride, Mary at a Hollywood Palladium dance and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage. Fred 'Baldy' Baldino loved family, friends, music, bocce and making people smile. Fred was an avid sports fan and a loyal Dodgers fan. He was also a member of the DAV and the Garabaldina MB Society. Fred was predeceased by his daughter Linda and is survived by his wife Mary, his son Frank (Nancee), grandchildren Ronni, Brian (Amanda), Kelli and Steve as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in January for close family and friends.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Dec. 21, 2013.
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January 19, 2014
My grandmother Helen Parnell was Fred's sister... Uncle Fred had a big heart for family and will be greatly missed.
John Parnell
January 19, 2014
Freddie was like a second father to me. We lived across the street from Fred, Mary, Linda and Franky since 1959 and had many good times playing and being best friends with Linda. God bless all the family, and for all the wonderful memories growing up. Big hug for Mary!!
Sally Luetje-Foster
January 16, 2014
I have wonderful memories of visits and stays at uncle Fred's and aunt Marian's. I am so grateful to have spent those times with them. I also really enjoyed corresponding with uncle Fred through email and will miss him dearly. It's hard to believe and very sad that that generation of Baldinos are gone now. My deepest sympathies to the whole family. Love from, Lisa(Tony's granddaughter)
Lisa McDowell
January 11, 2014
Uncle Fred was a wonderful man. A devoted and loving husband and father. He was the last of his 12 siblings to pass and I think fondly of all of our departed parents and aunts and uncles. May they all rest in peace.
John Baldino
December 29, 2013
My uncle Fred. They didn't get any better. I was closer to him than any other extended family member. When I watched Koufax and Drysdale in the early 60s it was my uncle Fred who was sitting next to me and had taken me to the game. It was my uncle Fred who slid me my first beer. I've lost not only an uncle but a friend. He was an everyman philosopher, humorist, war hero, and consumer of life. The earth is a little more hollow without his presence.
Donald Ellis
December 28, 2013
Rest in Peace Fred.
Mark Martinez
December 26, 2013
I am a first cousin of Judy Britton. When I was in CA, I did get to meet Fred..twice...I found him to be such a gentle could not help liking him. Marian is a cousin to my Dad...Her father and my Dad's mother were brother and sister. I live in Rochester, New York. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Mary Ann Fitzgerald
December 25, 2013
Being a close friend of Joe Baldino since 8th grade, I knew Mr Fred Baldino and spent many an enjoyable time playing pinocle with him and Joe. He was one helluva of a guy and a real stand up guy. my condolences to all the Baldinos
gerald levitt
December 24, 2013
Uncle Fred was my Grandmother Helen Baldino-Parnell's brother. He was a loving, caring, person and always tried to stay in touch with his family. Through birthday, Christmas cards and later in life email. I always enjoyed his great since of humor! He will be missed. Love his great niece Maureen Parnell
December 22, 2013
I will never forget Baldy. He will be sorely missed, and a void will be forever present in me in his absence. My deepest sympathies to Marry, Frank & the rest of the family.
To happy landings, Fred!
Tyler Fox
December 21, 2013
Mary and Frankie,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have had a few email exchanges with Fred over the past few years and enjoyed them all. While I was only a part of the family for a short time, I always kept Fred, Mary and Linda in my thoughts. Knowing Fred most of my life through the Post Office and with my time with Linda, it is always a sad day when a friend passes. Please give my best to your mom, Mary.

Terry Kehoe, Naples, Florida
Terry & Lois Kehoe
December 21, 2013
My condolences to the Baldino family. I grew up with Fred in a patch called Big Mine Run in PA. Airborne Fred--Upward and Onward.
Harry M Bobonich, Shippensburg, PA.
December 21, 2013
My condolence to the Baldino family. I grew up with Fred in a patch called Big Mine Run in PA. Airborne Fred--Upward and Onward.
December 21, 2013
I have known Fred my entire life. He was very good friends to my grandparents and all of my family, he has been around all of our large family functions since I can first remember. I had the pleasure of being able to go to many "guys only dinners, sit and watch football and baseball games, and hear amazing stories. I'm so grateful for the time I spent with him, stories I was able to hear and for all the world war memorabilia he passed on to me. Fred was a great friend of mine, and the only person who emailed me at any given time between 12 - 3 am in the morning.. :) he had the best outlook on life, and I hope to be the same exact way.. Love you Fred.
Anthony Lora
December 20, 2013
Fred is now with the almighty jumpmaster and is in good hands. May he rest in peace. Ranger Duke
Duke Armendariz
December 20, 2013
I would like to express my sorrow to the family. I met Mr. Baldino once and he was a very kind man. I will be lighting a candle for him at our church tomorrow.
Chris Lucas
December 20, 2013
Blue Skies and Soft Landing Trooper, 'Strike Hold!'
Joe Steen
December 20, 2013
It was a pleasure knowing Fred the last 10 years. So sorry to hear of his passing. Those 504 paratroopers were amazing...the greatest generation.
Phil Rosenkrantz
December 20, 2013
Airborne All The Way, a supporter of the 504 Parachute Regiment Association Our thoughts & Prayers are with him & his family
Harold Schroeder
December 20, 2013
I never met Fred personally, we did correspond on occasion. He was very good friends with my parents, Stan and Helen Whitman. They knew each other for WWII, but remained friends until my parent passed several years ago. He was truly one of the greatest generation!

Ned Whitman
December 20, 2013
Fred was one of my best friends, first got in touch with him in May 2001. It was Fred who got me interested in the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. I will miss you buddy!
Frank van Lunteren
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