Mr. Frederick "Freddie" L. DiSanzo, of Waltham, died Thursday, May 13, 2021 at The Residence at Watertown Square. He was 79.
He was born on February 25, 1942 in Boston. A son of Italian immigrant the late Vincent DiSanzo, and the late Mary (Morelli) DiSanzo. A graduate of Brighton High School, he then attended Wentworth Institute. Fred was a resident of Brighton, Watertown, and for the last 35 years, Waltham.
Fred worked as a draftsman for Polaroid Corporation for over 30 years, retiring in 1996. In addition to his work at Polaroid, he was also a familiar and welcomed bartender at Lanno's Restaurant in Watertown and later at the Silhouette Lounge in Brighton. More recently, he worked as a school bus driver in the City of Waltham.
An avid car enthusiast, he loved classic automobiles and enjoyed riding in the various Corvettes he owned during his life. He also enjoyed golfing, darts, gardening, and his friendships from membership in the Lexington Elks Club.
He leaves his son, Mark F. DiSanzo of Waltham, son Matthew D. DiSanzo and his fiancée Adriana Cabrera of Chelmsford. Brother of the late Anthony V. DiSanzo and Victoria Tempesta. Also survived by his niece, Deborah DiSanzo Eldracher, her husband Kurt, their daughter Emelie; and by his niece Michelle Tempesta. He was the much loved "Papa Fred" to Jeremy, Jesse, Emily, Zachary, Joshua, Olivia and Sofia.
Family and friends will honor Fred's life by gathering for calling hours on Tuesday, May 18th from 4 to 7 pm at The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 11 am at Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton.
A note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:
During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.
Telephone your friend to offer words of love and support, give them a virtual hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.
These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.
When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.
It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.
Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in some places of worship may also be private.
Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.
During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance.
Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding