Alfred J. "Fred" Chiappalone, 90, of Keeseville, and more recently of Truman Avenue, Plattsburgh, was called to the Lord on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Plattsburgh Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He passed away peacefully with family and friends by his side.
He was born in Bayonne, N.J., Jan. 15, 1927, the son of Ferdinando and Stella (Tarzia) Chiappalone.
Fred, as he liked to be called, graduated from Keeseville High School in 1943, continuing his education as an engineering student at Clemson College, S.C., and Norwich University, Vt., and served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Fred married Janice Peterson, formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., on June 11, 1956.
He worked as the manager of the North Country Club for many years before embarking on a long career of sales in the car business. Fred sold Ford's in the 60's at Keeseville Sales and Service, VW's in the 70's at Celeste Motors and Toyota's in the 80's at Garrand's Toyota. However, Fred's first love was always the restaurant business. The Barnstead restaurant, Cannata Lodge, and the Country Cafe were just a few of the many restaurants that he owned or managed over his lifetime.
Fred loved being around people and forged many memories over the years with the people that he worked with. He was a lifetime member of the Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072 and was the oldest surviving "P.E.R." with member card #7. He attended Church regularly at the Newman Center in Plattsburgh.
Left to cherish the memory of Fred are, his five children, Mark Chiappalone and wife Margaret, Nina Sullivan and husband Bruce, Holly Morrow and husband Wally, Steven Chiappalone and wife Mary, and Elizabeth Everett; brother, Joseph Chiappalone and wife Winnie; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two sisters, Nancy Tierney and her husband James and Rose Chiappalone.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 10, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Keeseville with the Rev. Chris C. Lauzon, celebrating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery with military honors accorded.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072.
Fred will be remembered as a loving father and friend to many, one who was always willing to help someone in need and never raised his voice in anger. May he rest in peace.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Fred please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on July 8, 2017