Obituaries

Francis “Frank” Sferrazza

November 22nd, 2014

Francis “Frank” Sferrazza, age 84, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 21, 2014 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House.

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.

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19 Entries in Guest Book for “Francis “Frank” Sferrazza”

  1. Joe & Diane Veno says:

    Dear Donna, Wayne, Paul Robert and Sandra. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Frank was a great friend for many years and he will be missed by many people. We are so sorry for your loss.

  2. Grace Cummings says:

    Dear Sandra,John, Johnny, Devin and Steven , We are so sorry for your loss. Grandfather was a great neighbor who always made us laugh! He will be missed by many people.

  3. Sally Gravallese Radomski says:

    Stan and I send our deepest sympathies. We enjoyed time with Frank
    many years ago at Wilmington Sons of Italy events and the 4th of July activities.

  4. Mabel Bova says:

    Dear Paul, Karen and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I have so many vivid memories of him as your Dad, a friend, a “townie” and
    as great husband. He was loved and will be missed by many.

  5. david harrison jr says:

    So sorry to the Langenfelds…the loss of Sandy’s Dad is so sad. my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.please say sorry to Devin and Steve for me…

  6. Marilyn says:

    So sorry to all my cousins. My heart is feeling for you all. We all loved Uncle “Sonny” so much. He was always a ray of sunshine for me.

  7. Gina Rinaldi Furey says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to all in the Sferrazza family… never will i forget Frank!!! Always the life of the party , a great fun loving family man !!! Heaven has earned a new bright star!! thinking of you all, Wayne , Sandra, Paul and Bob… sending prayes your way .. love Gina Rinaldi and family

  8. Tom Ellsworth says:

    Bob and family, my sincere condolences on your loss.

  9. Mark and Ruth Kostyla says:

    Wayne, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Stay well, Mark and Ruthie

  10. Dawn Callahan says:

    Bob and family. I am so sorry for your loss. your dad was a wonderful man. I enjoyed the laughs we shared at lunch. you are all in my thoughts and prayers

    Dawn Callahan

  11. Pam, Mike, Peter,Zachary,& Nick says:

    Sandy, John,Johnny, Devin and Steven
    We are so sorry to hear about your father,father in law and grandfather. He will truly be missed. As everyone knows he always had funny comebacks with things to say. One special thought was when he was at Zach 16th bday and my father was also their and my father said to him it was nice to meet you and your father responded “I was forced to come” LOL. He made everyone in the room laugh. Another memory last year was coming to Peter’s Regis lacrosse game that meant the world to Peter and us. He was a great funny man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, cherish all of your memories you have he will always be you in spriit at this difficult time.

  12. Mike Champoux says:

    I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the entire Sferrazza family over the loss of Frank. A kind and friendly man who I admired for his service to our country and respected as a member of the KofC and as a devoted family man. Rest in peace, sir!

  13. Mimi McHugh (McCabe) says:

    Dearest Bob and family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. My parents loved him and he was so funny and sweet when I would bump into him. I know he is at peace at last. He is making my parents laugh again up there.
    May your memories comfort you at this sad time. Mimi and Rich

  14. Jared Costantino says:

    The Knights of Columbus would like to send the Sferrazza Family our deepest condolences. A Brother Knight with years of dedication.

    Jared Costantino
    Grand Knight
    Wilmington Knights of Columbus

  15. Kathi (Quinn) Powers says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was such a nice, nice man. I always remember him with a big smile on his face or teasing someone. I will not be able to make the services, but I wanted to let you all know that I’m thinking about you and want to send you my deepest condolences. Take care.

  16. Pat Kelly says:

    To the Sferrazza Family,

    I met your dad thru my dad (Ed Higgins) at the Senior Center. Always enjoyed his fun loving nature. My dad loved chatting with him and enjoying a few good laughs. He made my dad feel very welcome when he arrived at the senior center. He was a great man and will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bob and Pat Kelly

  17. Peg Vachon says:

    Sandy,
    Very sorry for your loss. I did not see that your Dad passed away until today.
    Peg

  18. Sue Sevener says:

    Just today I read of the demise of your father, I am so sorry for your loss I feel your pain as my mother passed a couple years ago. I send my condolences to you and your family.

  19. Maria Bruce Mearls says:

    Sandy and family,
    I have to say how much i enjoyed your father at the rink all the time . John and the twins were so lucky to have him be so involved . sorry for the loss of such an incredible man .
    Maria and family

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