Frederick Michael DeLeo, 94 - Husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather died peacefully on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family but find comfort in knowing that the inspiration of his faith and love of family will live on in those he left behind.
Born in Boston's North End on April 15, 1925 to the late Carmen and Louisa (Capucci) DeLeo originally of Avellino, Italy, Fred became the center of the family who he loved so dearly.
Longtime resident of Braintree, Fred served his country in the United States Navy during World War II, stationed in Puerto Rico. A respected businessman, he owned the High Grade Cleaning Company business for many years and actively volunteered in local, regional, and state.
A man of deep faith, he was a longtime parishioner, daily communicant, and Deacon at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Braintree. Together with the love of his life, Fran, Fred enjoyed a wonderful circle of friends and had the fondest of memories of trips to the summer cottage, being on the boat in Florida, and visiting Sicily. Most of all, Fredrick was dedicated to his family, especially to his cherished children and grandchildren, dotingly supporting their many activities and accomplishments.
Beloved husband of the late Frances (Mazzapica) DeLeo, Fred was the devoted father to the late Dolores DeLeo and is survived by his son Fredrick M. DeLeo Jr. and his wife Christine (Barker) DeLeo; and Mark J. DeLeo and his wife, Renee (Mariani) DeLeo. Adoring grandfather of six grandchildren: Tara K. (DeLeo) Mahoney, Anna K. DeLeo, Mark J. DeLeo Jr., Lisa M. (DeLeo) Taillefer, Lauren V.DeLeo, and Alyssa G. DeLeo as well as five great-grandchildren. Fred was one of five siblings and leaves behind his treasured sister Mary Colleameno of Boston, and was preceded in his death by sisters Phyllis Tavanese and Carmela Natorelli and brother Anthony DeLeo. Fred is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday January 3 at 10 AM in St. Francis of Assisi Church S. Braintree Square . Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Private visitation for his family will be held at the McMaster Funeral Home 86 Franklin St. (RT 37) Braintree prior to the mass from 9 to 9:30 AM. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to The Boston Home, 2049 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA. 02124.
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