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Every year, Fabio would read “Where the Red Fern Grows” to his students, animatedly pacing the classroom, hands flying. And when the sad part came, he would make someone else read it while he sat at the back of the classroom, hiding his tears.
This was Fabio: all heart. For 93 years, his relentless joy for life made the world a brighter place.
Fabio, often known as Fibber, believed many things: that a spoonful of gin-soaked raisins was a healthy way to start the day, and “una goccia di vino” with friends and family was the only way to end it. That the Yankees, Giants, and UConn Women’s Basketball were the greatest sports teams to grace our Earth. He believed that history was important, and worth being remembered and celebrated. That sitting still was time wasted, and could be better spent tinkering on a home project – any home would do. That family came first, and storytelling was the key to human connection.
And oh, what a storyteller he was! If he managed to catch your ear, you were guaranteed to be three things: entertained, lucky, and still standing there an hour later. He lit up telling tales of his time in Italy, causing mayhem in Perugia and skipping class with his cugini; of his adventures in teaching and coaching or with a treasured mentor; of his triumphs on the golf course and, always with laughter, his failures too. He would often recount the day he met the love of his life and told her he was going to marry her, tugging on her pigtails: he was 16.
His love of people knew no limits. Whether he was on the bocce court, at the supermarket, or riding his bike through the neighborhood enthusiastically shouting “Buongiorno!” to all those he passed, Fabio would brighten at the chance to talk to any and everyone.
Those he will live on through include his wife, two children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, the neighborhood dogs, and countless friends that will forever celebrate his life.
We will miss him and we will miss his stories, but we will continue to tell them. Sempre, una goccia.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, September 25, 2023 at Saint Mary's Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment will take place privately, there will be no calling hours. If you’d like to join the family afterwards for a celebration of life luncheon, please send an email to email@example.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to AFA (Alzheimer’s Foundation of America) at https://alzfdn.org/ OR invite a neighbor over for good conversation and then raise a glass of vino in Fabio’s honor.