Frank enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 2, 1947 in Boston, MA. He served in China and Pearl Harbor during World War II. Frank was honorably discharged from the Marines on July 1, 1950 returning home to his family in South Boston.
Frank married the “love of his life” Isabel A. (Barrett) Sferrazza on January 21, 1951. Frank and Isabel settled in Wilmington in 1958, where they raised their five children: Donna, Wayne, Paul, Robert and Sandra. Frank and Isabel were always out and about, “two peas in a pod”; they loved to be with their family, travel, and socialize, everyone always had a great time. Frank and Isabel along with their family made countless memories throughout the years that will be shared with generations to come.
Frank was a devoted husband and father; there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family. Frank was always involved in everything his children wanted to do and thoroughly enjoyed watching his children participate in various activities and sporting events. Frank spent many years coaching Pony League, Little League, Pop Warner, and was a Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts. Frank was not only good to his own children but also to the many kids he coached.
As a grandfather, Frank was awesome; he attended countless school events, dance recitals, sporting events, birthday parties, and special celebrations. Frank was so proud of his family and all of their accomplishments. Frank always ended a family visit with a quote “If you need anything, call me” and those words were heartfelt and sincere.
Frank worked as a dedicated salesman for Victor Coffee Company for many years before his retirement. Frank was hardworking, loyal, and kind; he had an endearing personality and could always brighten one’s day with his great sense of humor.
To say that Frank was very involved with the Town of Wilmington would be an understatement; Frank’s had a generous nature, big heart, and was always willing to give countless hours to various organizations throughout the town.
Frank was a member of the Bi-Centennial Committee that hosted Wilmington’s 250th Birthday celebration. Frank was a Charter Member of the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee who worked tirelessly to provide the towns people with a wonderful yearly celebration for our Nation’s Birthday. Frank also worked hard for many years with the Wilmington Community Fund, the A.I.M. (Access is Mandatory) Group, he was Past President of the Booster’s Club, a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington and the Sons of Italy.
Frank was always willing to volunteer at countless fundraisers and gave unconditional support to the town’s people. In recognition of Frank’s devotion to the community, he was awarded the 8th Annual “Good Guy” award in 1976.
For many years, Frank was an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where he participated in lots of activities, trips, and thoroughly enjoyed socializing with his friends.
In his spare time, Frank loved to follow Boston sports; the Red Sox being one of his favorites; he took in many games throughout the years with family and friends.
Frank will be remembered as a comedian, who loved to make people laugh; he was famous for his crazy hats which he would wear out and about in the community just to entertain those around him. Frank was always dependable, generous, loving, and kind; he would do anything for anyone never expecting anything in return. Frank always led by example and to many he was known as “Mr. Wilmington”.
Frank left a wonderful legacy and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and a grateful community.
Frank was the beloved husband of the late Isabel A. (Barrett), devoted father of Donna Andrews and her husband Richard of Tewksbury, Wayne Sferrazza of Las Vegas, Paul Sferrazza and his wife Karen, Robert Sferrazza, and Sandra Langenfeld and her husband John all of Wilmington, loving Grandfather of Heather Andrews, Kristi Andrews, Paul Sferrazza, Jr., Scott Sferrazza, Jennifer Sferazza, Lance Corporal John Langenfeld, Deven Langenfeld, and Steven Langenfeld, Great-Grandfather of Kevin and Caitlyn Leary. Son of the late Frank and Louise Sferrazza, brother of Rose Ill of Jacksonville, FL, Mary MacAuley of Belmont, the late Vincent Sferrazza and Croscetta DiFrumolo. Frank is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Monday, November 24th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Church on Tuesday, November 25th at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Wilmington Community Fund, P. O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.