Life Story for Alfred L. "Fred" DeGrappo Jr.
Alfred L. “Fred” DeGrappo Jr., 78, a lifelong Maynard resident and business owner, died peacefully with his family by his side on Feb. 5, 2017 at the Emerson Hospital. He was the husband of Ann Marie (Haggerty) DeGrappo, to whom he was married for 55 ½ years, and father of 4 children and their families: Catherine Mariani, her husband David, and their children Kate and Nick of Maynard; David DeGrappo, his wife Laurie, and their children Caroline, Jackson and Sophie of Ipswich; Karen Maypother, her late husband Richard, and their children Matthew, Abby and Luke of Sterling, and Karen’s partner Thomas Mayotte; Steven DeGrappo and wife Christine, and children Kayley and Griffin of S. Lake, TX; a sister Judy Boyko of CT.
Born in Concord and raised in Maynard, he was the son of the late Alfred L. Sr. and Mary Ann (Chambrello) DeGrappo. A graduate of Maynard High School, Fred served honorably in the US Air Force for 10 years including a year and a half of active duty in Europe during the Berlin Crisis. He was most well known in Maynard as the iconic owner of the Corner Store from 1971 to 1986, then became the manager of the Maynard Country Club until his retirement 16 years ago.
Fred and his wife Ann loved spending time with their family and friends at their cottage in Ogunquit, Maine, and traveling throughout the Caribbean. He was the proud co-founder of the Maynard Booster Club and received recognition for his hard work by being inducted into the Maynard Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a member of St. Bridget’s Parish, the Knights of Columbus Council #2121, and the Maynard Lodge of Elks # 1568.
A loyal fan of the New England Patriots, Fred had season tickets for 40 years. The irony of his passing on Super Bowl Sunday was not lost, as his beloved team pulled out a miraculous victory with a little help from their biggest fan.
Fred will be most remembered for his love of family as the Patriarch of the DeGrappos. He was loved and adored by his wife, children and grandchildren, and will be dearly missed.
Visiting hours are Friday February 10th from 4:00-8:00pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rt 111) Acton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday February 11th at 10:00am in St. Bridget’s Church, 1 Percival St., Maynard, with burial in St. Bridget’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to either the Make-A-Wish, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114 online at www.wish.org, or to the St. Bridget’s St. Vincent DePaul Society, 1 Percival St., Maynard, Ma 01754. Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com