Gloucester, MA — Charles L. Ferazzi, 90, of Gloucester, beloved husband of Louise C. (Landoni-Walker) Ferazzi, passed away on Saturday afternoon, November 3, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Pigeon Cove, Rockport on June 24, 1922, son of the late Gerolamo and Paulina (Ormezzani) Ferazzi.
Charles was raised in Rockport, where he graduated from Rockport High School in 1940. Shortly after, Charles began a 46 year career with the Cape Ann Tool Company, where he would ultimately work his way from the bottom to the top. During World War II, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving as aviation ordinance, second class rating. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theater Medal. Upon honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to the Cape Ann Tool Company as Methods Manufacturing Engineer and tool designer. During this time he was actively engaged in committee work for the Forging Industry Association in Cleveland, Ohio. He received many awards for outstanding contributions to the forging industry from 1950 thru the 80’s.
After nearly five decades of faithful dedication, Charles retired from upper-level management as General Manager. He had many interests and hobbies which kept his life full and vibrant. He loved the ocean, with his knack for boating and ship modeling providing evidence. In addition to teaching the U.S. Power Squadron, he also taught seamanship and advanced piloting at Gloucester High School. Always an avid reader, Charles enjoyed U.S. and World History books on World War II Ships, and antiques. A man of many talents, he also enjoyed square dancing with the Skippers.
He was a member of the Edward Peterson Post #98, Rockport American Legion for over 55 years, as well as the Rockport Legion Band, where he played trombone and served as music librarian for over 58 years. Italy, Spain, Ireland and Scotland are a few places Charlie visited to in his travels abroad as well as travelling through the U.S. and Canada.
A self-made man, Charles was quiet, conscientious and caring, leaving a legacy of honesty and integrity. He was a perfect gentleman who was greatly loved and missed by all.
He is survived by Louise, his beloved wife of 18 years; Deborah M. Fitzgibbon, his step-daughter and her husband Kevin of Exeter, NH; Susan L. Barnett, step-daughter and her husband Randall of Bartlesville, OK; grandchildren, Erin and Brenna Fitzgibbon of NH, and Jacqueline, Dominique, Elizabeth, Daniel Barnett of OK; nephew Peter Ferazzi and his wife Patricia and their children Denise and Paul of Rockport; niece Marjorie Burns of Gloucester; nieces Susan LeClaire and her husband Theodore and their children Brennan, Megan and Nathan all of Canterberry, NH and Judith McLean of Goffstown, NH; brother-in-law, Robert A. Landoni and his wife Carol of Gloucester; and sister-in-laws Esther Emerson and her companion Lloyd Cook of Ocala, FL and Laura Ferazzi of Rockport.
Besides his parents, Charles was predeceased by his first wife, Ellen I.(Burns) Ferazzi of 41 years; his brother, Aldo Ferazzi of Rockport; and nephews Dr. Bruce Sidell of Old Town, ME and Peter Burns of Gloucester.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester on Wednesday, November 7, at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
The burial will be held in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rockport.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home are on Tuesday from 4 – 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Edward Peterson Post #98, Rockport American Legion, P.O. Box 117, Rockport, MA 01966, Holy Family Parish, 60 Prospect Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com