Fred A. Severo

March 25, 2008

Fred A. Severo

FRED A. SEVERO – in Woburn, March 25th. Beloved husband of Olga (Poltoratskaya) Severo and the late Rita (DeMeo) Severo. Devoted father of Debra R. Severo of Woburn, and Fred A. Severo Jr. of Florida. Dear brother of Rose Picarello of NJ and the late Angelina, Flora, Carlo, Gerald and Sam Severo. Loving grandfather of Robert, Jennifer and Christopher Severo. A very dear “Dad” to Carolyn, and dear “Grandpa” to Jeff and Kristin. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, March 29th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road (Rt. 3) Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours Friday 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Fred’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

OBITUARY:

Fred A. Severo of Woburn, a well-known musician throughout the Boston area, passed away Tuesday, March 25th, just a few weeks after the death of his brother Gerald. He was the beloved husband of Olga (Poltoratskaya) Severo and the late Rita E. (DeMeo) Severo.

Born in East Boston eighty-four years ago, he was the son of the late Samuel and Rose (DiFiore) Severo. He was raised in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High School. During World War II he worked as a sheet metal worker on ships. Following the war he worked for General Electric for a time, and then was able to launch a sheet metal company, Metal Letters Corporation, along with his brother Carlo. Together they operated the business in Wakefield for over twenty-five years.

He met his first wife, Rita, at the Ocean View Ballroom in Revere. They shared fifty-three years of marriage, raising their family, traveling together, taking cruises, cooking, and entertaining friends. Family was always his first priority. Rita passed away in 2001, and he was fortunate to share his past few years with his wife Olga.

His lifelong passion was music, and he loved to entertain. Fred had played the guitar professionally since the age of seven, and in earlier years was a member of the Cosmos Trio. He was widely known for his expertise on the guitar and continued to play professionally into his eighties, often with his brothers, who shared his musical gifts. Just a few years ago he played regularly at a downtown Woburn restaurant, La Stanza Diva, as well as at other clubs and restaurants in the area.

Along with his first wife, Rita, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Angelina and Flora, and three brothers, Carlo, Gerald and Sam.

Along with his wife Olga, he leaves a daughter, Debra R. Severo of Woburn, a son, Fred A. Severo Jr. of Florida, and a sister, Rose Picarello of NJ. He was also the loving grandfather of Robert, Jennifer and Christopher Severo, a very dear “Dad” to Carolyn, and loving “Grandpa” to Jeff and Kristin.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, March 29th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Fred’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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  1. We Love you Grandpa/PAPA.

    You are our Hope and Inspiration in this world and in the next.

    Love Always,

    Jeff, Lena, Searra, and Maya

  2. Uncle Fred was a very special and caring man. My fondest memory to date was just this past Christmas at my Aunt Carolyn’s house while he played guitar for us as we all sang together. He was very talented. Earlier memories are mostly when I was a child in his backyard for summer cookouts. He and my Aunt Rita always made you feel comfortable and welcome.

    Deb, Freddie, Auntie Carolyn, Kris, Jeff, Olga, my prayers are with you all. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    Love, Michelle Botte (De Meo)

  3. Uncle Fred, you were always loving and caring towards us kids growing up. The fun times had swimming in the pool and the cookouts in the backyard you were always smiling and caring. Thank you for the happy memories in my life. You will be missed. Your loving Niece Lauren DeMeo

  4. Freddie – I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during these trying days. – Love, Kristen Chute-Johnson

  5. PAPA- I will always love you with all my heart. You and I had such a special relationship and I will never forget all the memories I have of you. LOVE YOU ALWAYS
    Jennifer

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