Fred passed away on September 23rd after a long battle with metastatic lung cancer. Fred was a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He passed just 9 days short of his 84th birthday and 5 days short of his 52nd anniversary of marriage to the love of his life, Diane Cicciu. Fred also leaves behind an unrivaled family legacy consisting of eight children; Michael Cicciu, Laura Cicciu, Mark Cicciu, Lisa (Cicciu) Devine, Arthur Roy, Richard Roy, David Roy, and Joanne (Roy) Chamberlain, 18 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
Fred’s early years were spent in Dorchester, MA and Milford, MA, where he graduated high school. He was a self-made man that endured early hardships. However, those struggles led him to establishing a strong foundation of values based on his Catholic faith, love for family, and a profound pride in his Italian heritage.
Fred’s professional career was as a manufacturing engineer/designer, working for various companies in the Boston area, including GE’s clock division. Both Fred and Diane were able to take an early retirement in 1990 and moved to Lakeland, FL. They lived at Highland Fairway for 30 years, where they made many new and close friends, played golf, and traveled extensively, including three trips to his beloved Italy. Fred and Diane had a passion for square dancing, often retreating to their summer home in the North Carolina mountains, connecting with dance groups in the region.
Fred will always be remembered for his sharp mind and whit, his enjoyment in seeking out most any topic to argue about, and his love for the Red Sox and Patriots (he really, really enjoyed the Brady years).
A service will be held in Lakeland at the Lakeland Memorial Gardens on Saturday October 9th at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, please make charitable contributions in Fred’s name to Community Hospice https://www.communityhospice.com/give/ , or a charity of your choice.
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