Tocco, Frederick, age 88, March 5, 2020. Beloved husband of Agatha (nee Aluia). Loving father of Frances (Carl) Lombardo, Joseph (Alexa) Tocco, Lisa (Joseph) Albo and Mary Tocco. Proud grandfather of Gina (Joseph) Choiniere II, John F. Piccinini, Michael Russo, Christina, Enzo, JoJo and Isabella Albo and great grandfather of Giovanni Piccinini. Dear brother of the late Caroline Vitale, Carl Tocco, Grace Cusumano and Vincent Tocco.
Our dad was the youngest of five from Italian immigrants. He grew up in his father’s grocery store and attended catholic school. He also worked at his father’s grocery store in Detroit as a butcher. As he grew older he opened a Dairy Queen (one of the first) which didn’t do well. He then decided to turn it into a family diner called Fred’s Fine Foods. It became a staple gathering place for friends to come together to socialize. It was like a modern day Cheers! Someone approached our father to open up a McDonald’s but he didn’t think it would be a good idea at that time in his life. He met our mother whom just came from Italy, they fell in love and became married within 8 months. They then had four children, three girls and one boy. He worked 7 days a week to provide for his family. Frederick was a devoted father, husband and a hard worker. He loved the Detroit Tigers, Roger Williams and Frank Sinatra. He also enjoyed food and socializing with friends and relatives. He recently enjoyed getting exercise by walking around Partridge Creek and Meijer. After he retired in 1996 and sold his restaurant, he worked for Frank J. Calcaterra and continued to enjoy socializing with people and spending time with friends. He was always known as a fine gentleman that everyone loved.
Visitation Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 2pm to 9pm with a 7pm Rosary at Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights. Instate Monday, March 9 at 9:30am until the time of Mass 10am at St. Therese of Lisieux, 48115 Schoenherr Road, Shelby Township. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery.
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