- 78 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 13, 1935
- Place of birth:
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
- Date of passing: Nov 30, 2013
- Place of passing:
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
|We will miss you Fred... What a wonderful life!!! Thank you for everything.|
This website is created for our loved one, Fred Campitelli. It is to share and appreciate his life amongst his family, friends, and those that knew him.
Alfredo John Campitelli
November 13, 1935 to November 30, 2013
Family and friends will be received at Highland Funeral Home (10 Cachet Woods Court in Markham 905-887-8600) on Thursday December 5 and Friday December 6, from 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm.
The Funeral mass will be at Our Lady of Grace Parish (15347 Yonge Street in Aurora 905-727-4594) on Saturday December 7, at 10:30am.
The burial will take place at Highland Hills Memorial Gardens (12492 Woodbine Avenue in Gormley 905-888-0729).
In his 78th year, a life cut short in a long, courageous battle with cancer, Fred passed away quietly on Saturday evening, November 30th, 2013. His last weeks and hours were spent in the company of his large and loving family who will all miss his enormous presence in their lives. By his side through the days of suffering, his wife Margaret will take comfort that his pain is gone and that his love for her is eternal.
Fred's story began in a small farmhouse on Kennedy Road in Scarborough junction, the 2nd of 5 children of Tonino and Amalia Campitelli. His life certainly did not follow a quiet and sedentary path. In these short years Fred was an integral part of the success of the business legacy built by him and his brothers, which spanned two generations. Together, with his beloved wife Margaret, he carved out a place in this world for his large and loving family, and he spent countless hours amassing innumerable friends. Ultimately, he never ventured far from his roots on the farm as he spent his happiest times in his cottage garden at Lake Simcoe.
His charitable contributions to his church, his time, effort and leadership with the Lion's Club and his constant help and support of his staff, his friends and his family, will be his legacy. His energy for life was unsurpassed, his determination in business was without equal, and the size of his heart was immeasurable.
Fred never got over the loss of his daughter, Carla, and in these last few years his heart was heavy with that sadness. He took much comfort and joy in the time he was able to spend with her children and all his grandchildren until he, himself, had to face the ravages of the same disease. Together they will now watch over their family and loved ones who will struggle with their loss in the days to come.
Fred, beloved husband of Margaret (Clinkinboomer), loving father of Anthony (Judy), Lenny (Dina), Michael, the late Carla (Nick), Linda (Kevin), cherished Nonno of Nadia, Erica, Daniella (Marcus), Marco, Lisa, Alfredo, Alisha, Joseph, Joshua, Juliette, Elliott, Ellenora, and devoted BisNonno of Hudson and Lincoln. Fred will be missed by his brothers, John (Lena), Bruno (Diane), his sisters, Mary ( late Claudio), and Vira (George), his sister-in laws Evelyn, Nellie, Penny, Gertrude, and brother-in-laws Horace and Harold. His many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews are heartbroken at his loss. A special thanks to Dr. Alan Toguri of Scarborough General Hospital and Flora Supan for their devotion and care to Fred.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Children's Wish Foundation, in memory of Fred Campitelli, at www.childrenswish.ca.
Dear Family, Friends and Fellow Adversaries,
I am Linda Campitelli, the youngest child of Alfredo (Fred, Freddie) Campitelli. If you are reading this then at some time in your life or a loved one’s life there has been a relationship or encounter with my dad, Fred. I would imagine or hope that you also know by now, that he has fallen very ill and may even leave us at some point soon. If you know my dad then you also know that he completed his academic education up to grade 8 and then began working his father’s farm. My dad always spoke about a desire he had to further his education and this lifetime desire had a lot of influence on the choices he made in life. My dad often spoke about how important it is to write down and record events in one’s life and at this time I feel that I can act upon his interest. I would like to create an on-line timeline or biography of my father’s life. I would like to create a web page dedicated to the life of my father that could be updated over periods of time.
I am asking for your help in creating this documentation. It would be great if you could please share on this website a short description of a time shared with my dad, a memory or a story. If you could accompany this description with a scanned photograph it would be a really nice complement to the timeline and it would be much appreciated. If you have more than one memory, photograph, video, or songs that you could add here would be incredibly awesome as well.
And, why you may ask, have I addressed this to fellow adversaries, well, in the course of my father’s life and still now he has no doubt offended many with his actions and words. If I were to document a true biography of my father’s life it must also include some of those times or stories as well. We must not ignore that our lives are about the good times, the bad, the funny and the ugly.
If you could do this in a rather speedy fashion it would also be appreciated. However, my plan is to continue to update this website for years to come, so by all means please send any memories you have at any time going forward.
I ask that you include your full name and the connection you have to my father. It is also important that you do your best at remembering an approximate date of the event or memory and provide that as well. And, if you happen to be sending a photograph, please indicate the place, the names of the people within the photo and an approximate date of the photograph.
Thank you very much for the contribution you have had to my father’s life and subsequently to my life as well. And, thank you for any time that you can invest into this.
If you need assistance in putting your story on this website, please just email me the story and I will add it here for you.
Take care and may God bless you,
P.S. Please forward this website to anyone else that might be able to share a memory involving my father. In addition, if you can translate this message in Italian for me and perhaps forward an email to relatives or friends in Italy that would be greatly appreciated.
"My dearest brother whom I see on my screen savor everyday I miss you from the moon and back. Never a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts along with Mamma love you miss you"
I miss when you would come into work and sit in my office and tell me stories of what would happen the night before at home. You would tell me how so proud you where of all your children and grandchildren.I will always love you forever and keep you in my heart. My Godfather"
You are truly missed, especially on your birthday. Our family continues to celebrate your life in all that we do. We know that you are so proud of us all, as you should continue to be, we all continue to work, love, share, learn and be proud of who we are. We will continue our journey in this world with the strength knowing that you and Carla are here with us always, guiding us along the way. We need not look far for your presence, we continue to be surrounded and loved by our family and friends that you admired and appreciated. I thank you for all my blessings."
"Fred's birthday is a reminder of another year passing. We are soon going to celebrate mum's 80th birthday and her steadfast approach to life is encouraging to us to keep moving forward. I am so thankful to have called Fred "dad". He gave me new incite to understanding the forever role of being a parent, and I am appreciative of his acceptance of me as one of those he loved like one of his own. He was a good man."
"Thinking of you today, you will always be missed."
"Did you come to visit my house this week dad? I felt your presence and have been thinking lots about you. I've added a song here that Anthony and I were listening to last night as the clock struck 12."
"Happy 80th Birthday Nonno, we miss you so much.
We think about you everyday and we thank you for the wonderful memories. Love, Elliott, Ellenora, Linda and Kevin"
"Miss you and think about you everyday. Love Patsy"
"I remember the Janellan parties my mom and dad had with the Farah's ans Campitellis. Freddie did things that I can always remember, took a personal interest in other people. I bought a condo unit in Ajax and he helped me out in a split second."
"Fred this morning I got up at 4 am and you came to my mind I want to say I miss you so much and I know you would be proud of what a wonderful family you have and I always call Margaret because I love her a lot just like you did. Miss our telephone calls and your advise.
Love you Miss you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
"Dear Fred, I'd really have liked to be there yesterday for the mass in your honour. Unfortunately it hasn't been possible........but.I was there with my heart!
"Dear Fred yesterday we all went to church to a mass in your honour I hope you saw all of us there we then got together for a brunch at my house . I miss you very much Freddy love you always......................."
"Hi Fred it has been one year that has passed and it only seems yesterday. I can still remember sitting in my Kitchen discussing the deal we just made. My wife Maria Assunta just reminded me that it is passed lunch time and before I could invite you, you asked my wife what is for lunch because you could not drink my wine if you did not have something to eat. We used to reminisce about going on picnics with the family when our children were young, running races sometimes you would win sometimes I would, you had short legs but "Oh" could they motor. In the Lions Club when we had to sell fertilizer we had Anthony, Lenny, Emo, and Roberto carry the bags to the houses and by the time we were finished their arms were much longer. We vacationed, did business, worked, had parties for our company, we did many things together. Many stories of when we were young, and I could go on and on, we were more brothers than cousins. Fred we miss you a lot. May you rest in peace."
"Iam Irene (Campitelli) Tomasi...I missed my happy birthday phone call this year from Freddie, one of my closest cousin, who also felt like a brother and whom I loved. Fausto and I had some great times with Freddie and Margaret. We also were honoured to be Lenny’s Godparents. Fausto and Freddie were very close friends from when they were very young. They went out together with friends. Fausto also worked for Freddie part-time. We miss you. All our Love, Fausto & Irene xoxoxo"
"Happy Birthday Fred-I missed the days of selling xmas cakes together
till we meet again may you rest in peace my friend."
"Thinking of you today, I think of you everyday and I miss you everyday. Happy Birthday"
"I love you Dad. And, miss you lots. I think of you daily in all that I do, your words and choices continue to guide me in my decision making and problem solving. On behalf of my father, I thank all of you who are thinking about him today on his birthday, please be assured that he always remembered your birthdays and he never needed a calendar for that. Dad, I'm eating pasta for lunch, very al dente, just the way you liked it."
"My dear friend Fred... you are dearly missed. It's just not the same without you. Happy Birthday my good friend..."
"It has almost been a whole year on Nov.30th, I missed your happy birthday call this year and I miss you so much there is very few days that pass that I do not think of you, you were everything to me and always will be. I just wanted to share that we are going to be together for Nov.30th love you always Fred xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx your sister Vira"
"I'm Beth Tomasi. I met Freddie when he was 23. He was like the brother I never had. He teased like an older brother does and I liked it.
We used to live 1 apartment over from Fred and Margaret in the very
early '60's. It worked out well for Freddie I think, as he used to come
over. a few times and sit with us when Margaret was angry with him.
We spent much time with Freddie and Margaret while we were young
until our families grew and we got into hockey, music etc. etc. We had great conversations and sitting around their kitchen table was so very pleasant.
Freddie always remembered to ask after our family - never failed as he was foremost a family person himself. I appreciated this about him and
l lot of other things too. He also proudly filled me in on happenings in
It made me inordinately pleased once when Freddie said that one could eat off my floors. I never thought anyone ever noticed my woman's work! I miss Freddie; a photo of him and Carlo taken a few years ago
by Margaret stands in our home. His smile is radiant as usual; I love
your memories Freddie."
"I am Carlo Tomasi. My first job was with Freddie, he was 19 years old and I was 15. Together we picked veggies every day in the growing season and delivered them by truck to Dominion at the Golden Mile. In the late fall of that year Freddie decided we should go to the North Bay
area to pick up Christmas trees. It was -35 degrees F, the coldest 2 days we had ever experienced. We had to sleep over as it was too dark to load up the trees. We were invited into the farmer's home where the large family were all sleeping around the fireplace next to
an open door where horses were housed. The heat from the horses
helped warm the room. I said to Freddie, "I'm not sleeping here" so
we slept in the truck all night with the motor running.
Freddie paid .25 cents a tree and he sold them for .50 to .75 cents
each in Scarborough.
Freddie always called me first when he had lumber to unload from boxcars. So, my brothers and I did that for many years after our day jobs. Freddie always said that it made his life easier not having to
look for someone who would first, do the job and then do it well. As well, he was happy to help out his friends this way too.
Another time Freddie said that I was to take the truck to city hall area in Toronto and pick up a dismantled cottage and deliver it up north. I had never driven a truck so Freddie game me a five minute lesson on the
baseline in Pickering. Then, he said "you are good to go"! I was close to filling my drawers with nerves as Toronto was busy even then and I'd
never driven downtown. Freddie said "I need you to do this", so I did.
I was on my own and the whole cottage was on the truck, it was overloaded so I had to run at the hills, my foot pressed to the floor.
"Where are you Freddie, why did you do this to me?" I was so happy
on the way back until a huge bumble bee climbed up my leg. I
looked like a drunk driver coming down the 400. I dearly missed
Freddie on that trip because of his charismatic nature, interesting chat
AND, usually calm demeanour.
Although, over the years I only saw Freddie three or four times a year,
he has always been a brother in my heart. We bonded that way and I always felt that he felt the same towards me. How could one not love
Freddie with all of his great attributes?"
"The world has just lost one of greatest men that has ever walked it, oh the stories that could be told, there are so many. Fred lended me a hand on many occasions as he did with everybody, financially and emotionally and everyone knew that Fred's door was always open if they needed him. Fred was my idol. My heart goes out his family and I'll miss him terribly."
"Dear Uncle Bruno, Aunt Diane and Family. We are sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all and hope you find some comfort, in time, of memories you hold dear of Fred.
Love Julie Sandilands and Family
"Fred was one of the most caring people i know. He was always asking how the family was and was always willing to talk or help in any way. Fred will be truly missed by family, friends and co-workers.
To a Great and Wonderful Gentleman.
Rest In Peace."
"I remember uncle Feddie best at parties wedding but mostly the cottage in Virgina and at my parents Bill and Nellie house. He always was smiling had a good laugh and sense of humour. The last time I saw Freddie was in the summer of 2013 at my home in Beaverton at a little gathering for my Moms birthday, various Aunts and Uncles attended , it was a beautiful summer day and Uncle Freddie seem to have a good time. Rest in peace Uncle"
"I have know Fred for over 25 years,I was fortunate enough to be able to convince him to transfer to the north oshawa lions club from the scarborough lions club and through his efforts we were able to sell every year a large amount of xmas cakes for our club.We are saddened by your loss and without your efforts our club we not be able sell the same number of xmas cakes.We will never forget you.May you rest in peace,you will be surely missed."
"My name is Sylvana Perri, I am Nino Campitelli's daughter. Nino is one of Zio Freddie's closest cousin and my fondest memories of Zio Freddie are the many times when he would come to visit my dad to talk about their one of many business ventures. He would come in our house with those beautiful rosey cheeks and great big smile. He and my dad would speak about business and then after business, he would be convinced to stay for dinner (which wouldn't take too much convincing) and we would be greatly entertained with his stories of when he and my dad were young and the trouble they would always get into....sounded like great "innocent" fun. He would also always speak very highly of his family. He was so proud of everyone. What a great loving and caring man. I will miss you and your visits Zio Freddie. All my love and sympathies....Sylvana xoxo"
"Fred has been an inspiration for me and my wife, Angela. I started my vegetable garden next door to Fred and Margaret in Sutton, based on Fred's coaching and enthusiasm. The photo, taken by Kevin Sue, of Fred and his grandson Alfredo on the tractor is what I recall most fondly (my yellow wheelbarrow in the background). We have been blessed with such wonderful neighbours and they will be missed. Fred was always dropping by with fresh harvested veggies or just a hello and a hug. Angela would sometimes sunbathe topless in our back yard, and I smile when I think of the times Marg would shout over the hedge, "Ken, tell Angela to get some clothes on, because Fred is coming over to visit". Fred and Marg were kind enough to pass the old tractor on to me, and I will take good care of it and make sure I till my garden just as Fred instructed me. His infectious smile is etched on my memory. My mother passed away 1 year ago Dec. 1 from cancer at 78, so I can appreciate the great loss to the Campitelli family is feeling. We miss you, Fred."
"I am Patsy Ricciuti Zizi Freddy's niece and God Daughter. I remember traveling with my Uncle and Aunt ,Lenny ,Anthony and Carla to the Florida Keys when we were young and I would help watch over Carla as she was just a baby at the time. I have spent the last 10 years working closely with my Uncle .I remember the first court case he took me to and without any advance warning told me that I would be the one speaking and that he would only coach, we'll we one that case and I went on to win another on my my own all thanks to him. I was the first niece to marry and when it was time for Robs stag record tickets were sold .he had established a reputation ..everything Zizi Freddy did he gave 120% , everything from stags,fruit cakes,chocolate bunnies,hockey pools, and growing 3 times too many vegetables at his cottage so that he could share them with the staff at the office . During his last year he would have his lunch (that he was so proud of)with my Dad in his office as they reminisced about the old days. He would often sit with me and tell me about his weekends with his family, he was so proud of them all. I am going to miss him dearly , please keep coaching me from above , I miss you and I love you , XOXO"
"I will always remember Uncle Freddys laughter and happiness as he and Aunt Margaret attended my mother in law Nellie Lightfoots 75 birthday party at my home in Beaverton, Ontario we enjoyed a lot of laughs and fun such a good hearted kind man I was blessed to be able to share numerous events with the Campitelli family Love to You All Thinking of You"
"Fred was a member of the Scarborough Lions Club and then the North Oshawa Lions Club for just over 40 years. While with the Scarborough Club we understand he was very successful with fundraising activities at that Club. Fred continued that trend with the North Oshawa Lions Club.
While Fred had not been too active with the North Oshawa Club over the past few years he was able to contribute to and assist with our fundraising activities.
Our new members always ask who Fred Campitelli is, and we always say - he is a Lion with a big heart who has contributed greatly to the Lion organization over his many years with the Lions family."
"Fred was a nice man. He told it as he saw it and he gave me shit more than a few times and I damned well needed to hear it. He was my dad's best buddy and he was always full energy. Our family will dearly miss Mr Campitelli. He was always there for us. God bless him and keep him watching over us.
"Ecclesiastes Ch.3 vs 1-2 states: “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.”
These verses, in my mind, truly reflect the man you were. A man who loved his family unconditionally and worked tirelessly for them. Even after 50 years of marriage you always spoke of your ever-loving wife,Margaret, as “my bride”.
Fred, you have completed the task given you by your Heavenly Father and now He has called you Home. I would like to think that His first words to you were: “Well done Fred! Well done!
Rest peacefully in His loving arms."
"I’ve worked for Fred since 1975 - 38 ½ years. Fred & I were constantly together, working closely in the finance end of the business. He was always coming up with ideas for me to investigate ways to increase our bottom line figure. He had a natural ability to foresee what we would need for the future and implement a plan so that future goal was reached. He’d come to my desk and ask “What’s up kid? How are we going to make, or save, money today?”
We had a lot of laughs and a lot of disagreements. But that’s what family does. And Fred always made me feel like family. He would help out anyone that asked him for help, be it a phone call to the bank for a better mortgage rate or going to court to fight a speeding ticket. I think he liked court so much because he loved to argue. He also loved to complain about the banks, especially when they released their quarterly profit statements and he saw how much they had made – at the expense of the businesses like J & F! And it was no secret about Fred’s lack of love for computers. You should have heard him when they didn’t work properly. Nothing you could say to him could justify their necessity.
I also remember him bringing in all his extra vegetables from his garden. “Help yourself” he’d say. But never any tomatoes. That was reserved for “the sauce”.
Fred used to call us “his girls”. “I’ll get my girls to do it” he’s say to customers. We were happy to be thought of that way. Fred would say to me lots of times “ I love ya kid!” and I’d respond back “ I love ya back”.
Fred touched so many lives. There was no one like Fred. He will be remembered fondly and forever by me. I love you Fred."
"Abbiamo appreso con immenso dolore la notizia della morte del carissimo cugino Fred. Lo ricorderemo sempre con grandissimo affetto.
Carla, Piero e Guido De Santis"
"I think, for me, my fondest memory of Fred will be for not only his laughter, and I loved hearing him laugh, it just made me smile regardless of my mood. But, I think it would have to be his knack for selling whatever he had to sell at any given moment. From Chocolate Easter Bunnies, to Gingerbread Cookies at Christmas, to Hockey Pool tickets, and even Stag tickets. But most of all, for me it has to be the Oshawa Lions Club Christmas Fruit cakes in a decorative tin! “How you doing with those cakes, sold them all yet? We need to order 4 more cases. Keep up the good work kid”
When it came to selling any of these items no-one could top Fred Campitelli. He even won a Golden Bunny Plaque for top sales. He would call every one he knew and ask, not if they wanted one but how many. And not how many individual items, but how many Cases. And they all went and more times than not we had to get more in just to meet demand. Fred could sell, and he was the kind of guy you didn’t want to say no to, and not many did. He had a most generous soul and always a kind word to offer. He was such a sweet man, and I am really going to miss him. Life at J&F Trucking just won’t be the same without him here.
Buona notte Fred."
"I have been lucky enough to be one of Fred's "girls" since 2001. He treated us like his daughters and I loved that about him because to me he was like a father. He genuinely cared about us and our families. When he heard good news he would say that's "beautiful", you could see the love and care in his eyes when he said it. Family was very important to Fred and I am very glad I became part of his family.
As he would often say after one of our many talks " love ya kid". I love you too Fred.
You will be forever in my heart.
"My name is Lina Duke and I have worked at J & F trucking for over 11 years now. When I first started and Fred realized that I was Italian we often would have conversations in Italian. I enjoyed that very much. I often referred to Fred as "Papa Fred" because of his loving and caring way he was with people. I miss our daily chats in the lunch room about what we were both having for lunch that day. Yes we loved to talk about food. He will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. Hugs and kisses Fred. Lina"
"I always looked forward to a visit from Fred when I was a companion to his mother, Amalia. Fred would come flying through that front door going a mile a minute.We both share the same sense of you so we always had a good laugh, weather it was one of his naughty jokes or a story from the old days.I was referred to as his "Dutch Girlfriend".I will miss that twinkle in your eye. You were a dynamo of a man."
"The Campitelli Family has been a big part of the Farah's life. I have so many fond memories of this family. I spent many an evening, afternoon and sometimes mornings there helping Margaret with the kids.
There were so many evenings when Freddy would be coming home from work exhausted from putting in 12 - 14 hours a day sometimes 7 days a week, he always had a smile and willing to talk about life and working hard to get a head. I learned alot from him. Margaret you and Freddie were such good friends with my parents. I loved it when Freddie and my Dad went away to Grey Cup or just a fun vacation, it meant that I got to have a sleep over at your place because you hated being home alone even though you had all the kids there.
Freddie was such a kind and good hearted man, he would do anything for anyone and we loved him for it.
Bruce and I would like to extend our sympathy and love to your family and may Freddie rest in peace.
God Bless, Love the St Louis Family"
"Hi all....As a 19 year old teenager, Freddie was one of my fathers best friends. At that time, he told my father of this petite "cute" italian girl named Louisa and he thought he should give her a call and take her out on a date....over a few months they were dating and as their love grew eventually married....the rest is simple...I was born..!! I owe everything to Freddie's intro...just an amazing man...RIP Freddie and say hi to mom!!"
"I remember meeting Fred (Mr. Campitelli) for the first time at the Campitelli cottage many years ago, during one of Linda's high school cottage parties. One thing I remember about that encounter was how genuinely welcoming Fred was. After speaking with him for only a few minutes, you felt like you've known him your whole life. I also remember during that first meeting, that somehow Kevin and I ending up picking weeds to clean up the famous Campitelli garden! Fred always had a way of influencing people to do what he wanted:)
But as I look back now, I really think he just had a very honest and authentic energy that you don't see too often. He made you feel a sense of duty and respect, that you would be willing to do anything for him. Even if only to see that contagious smile.
It has truly been an honour to have been able to spend time with you Fred, and congratulations on the amazing family legacy you have created!
Our love goes out to Margaret (Mrs. Campitelli) and the entire family."
"My heart aches, while at the same time, a vision appears, it is of Uncle Freddy seeing Carla again..... he is beaming, and at peace once more.
All our Love,
Angela Bernardon (niece)"
"Brendan and I wish to send our deepest sympathy to Margaret and the entire Campitelli family.
Freddy and Margaret were our wonderful neighbours on Janellan. We have fond memories of many Farah/Campitelli celebrations and get togethers. My dad fondly recalls going to a few Grey Cup games with Freddy over the years.
One of my fond memories of Fred is when I was working at J & F one summer. We would drive into work together and he would have great stories to tell. Occasionally at work, some of the Campitelli's would get into heated discussions (I know that's hard to believe.) When the air started to turn blue, Freddy would quietly come and close the door so that I wouldn't have to hear some of the language that was flying. He was always a very considerate and generous man with a great sense of humour. We loved him and will miss him."
"...last night the world lost one of the most kind hearted human beings i've known, i have been blessed to have this man as my Nono for 26 yrs. I am so proud to be apart of him -to be a Campitelli. I couldn’t have been raised w/ a better role model: hardworking, inspiring, generous, proud, & full of heart. My Nono's hard work has provided me the fortunate life that I have & his outlook on life has instilled in me the idea that –dreams can never be too big as long as you're willing to work for them. I only hope that in my lifetime I can touch half as many hearts as he did. I feel peace knowing you are w/ Zia Carla now. I love you Nono, you will be in my heart always & forever. I hope I can continue to make you proud xx"
"I have been a driver for J&F trucking for 37 years. Fred would invite me into his office where we would have long chats. He would always ask about my family. I also appreciated Freddie bailing me out in court a couple of times! My Wife and I send our thoughts and prayers to you. I will miss him greatly."
"I met Fred while working for the family Dealership where I worked for almost 10 years. My fondest memory of him, is definitely his love of children. He loved each and every one of his family members and cared so much for his employees. I was pregnant with my second son Matthew while I worked there and he told me I was beautiful every day of my pregnancy. He tried to convince me that my husband and I should have more than two children and even offered financial assistance! He was always more than generous with his staff and tried to help them out even when they didn't deserve it. I remember many conversations, trying to convince him not to lend people more money but he was definitely a tender heart! I have missed his sharing of vegetables from his gardens and figs from Italy! I am so saddened to hear of this loss. I wish all of the Campitelli's my sincere condolences. I know it must have been so difficult for him to leave but I'm sure he was anxious to see his beautiful daughter Carla again. I am so blessed to have known him and your family!"
Thank you for leaving such a legacy and a life we all our proud to know and be part of. Through you and your family, I have learned so many precious nuggets of how to live daily and will be eternally grateful for your gifts that you shared with us all. Your life and spirit Fred will always be in my perpetual thoughts and will continue to live on through your family and friends as we continue on our journeys on this planet.
Margaret and family - Our prayers, thoughts, and support are here during this time and in the future days in front of us. Margaret, you have been an amazing mother to your children and a great loving wife to Fred. We've had our chats the past couple of years as Fred was going through his health challenges and he was very lucky to have you as his partner. We all commend you, your children, family and friends that helped him live peacefully the last while.
And again Fred, thank you for the life you lived... it truly was epic.
With love - Ron"
"I met Fred in 1974 when I started to work for J&F. I came to work there from a temporary agency and after my first week of work Fred came to me and said he didn't like paying an agency and would I accept cash this week, just tell the agency things didn't work out. I knew then I would fit in and I started on the Monday. Almost 40 years later I am still here. Fred was a generous man and was always looking out for others. He employed all of my family and one time or another and always made me feel like family. The last twenty years I have worked almost personally for Fred. Life is not the same at J&F. I will miss our arguments, I will miss our fights, I will miss our talks, I will miss our laughs. I MISS YOU."
"Ho appreso con profondo dolore la notizia della scomparsa del carissimo cugino Fred.Il nostro legame di sangue superava ogni lontananza.In me ritornano alla memoria i ricordi dei bei momenti trascorsi insieme,la tua umanià,gentilezza e profondo affetto.Hai lottato e difeso le cose in cui credevi e per le quali hai vissuto senza mai dimenticare le tue radici.Ti ricoderò sempre come eri:simpatico,brillante e allegro.Unitamente ai miei cari mi stringo al dolore dei tuoi famigliari con la consapevolezza che fred ci mancherà. Ora riposa in pace ,caro Fred,la misericordia del Signore ti accoglierà."
"Tonight a part of me is gone because my dear father-in-law Alfredo Campitelli is no longer with us. But I stop my tears because death is just a part of life and I realize that I should be celebrating Fred’s life. He came from humble beginnings but after 78 years on Earth he has left an unquantifiable legacy. He was a man that demonstrated that anything is possible with hard work, devotion to God & family and staying true to your beliefs. Fred may no longer be here in body but his spirit lives on in the family and friends that he has touched. His spirit lives on through my children, Elliott and Ellenora, and all of his children, grandchildren and great-grand children. Thank you Dad for all that you’ve done for me and I look forward to seeing you again one day soon. I love you…your son-in-law.
Revelations 22: 12-14
Behold, I am coming soon, and I will bring my rewards with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes clean, so that they may have the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.
Praise Be the Lord"
"I remember in October 2002 after the banks laughed i had dinner with freddie and 2 other people to talk about a real estate deal and i thought about, just maybe, Freddie and the people wanted to be part of it. I had the idea and they were the partners i needed. Freddie thought the idea was a good one and after a few meetings it all fell into place. The real estate deal opened my eyes on how to become more successful and to this day, i carry on the knowledge i learned from Freddie. Have a mentor in your life and learn from them as freddie was to me. Thanks for believing in me Freddie and god bless you. You gave me a chance and i capitalized. You will always be in my heart. I am living the dream and you made it happen. Who loves ya? Hayward does."
"You are more than a uncle to us.
My little son Francesco tonight was so sad recalling the time you spent with him in Sardinia: he loved visiting you every day, playing cards and eating "green broccoletti" as well as Gianmarco always considered you "a granpa",
Me,Tony, my mum and children are all honoured to have known you and we are sorry we had no enough time to spend toghether, living far away and not being able to stay close to you and to aunt Margaret in these painful moments,
With our deepest love
Barbara, Elvezia, Toni, Gianmarco, Federica & Francesco"
"I am the "nephew in law" that has worked with this family for the last 30 years and during this time Fred as the "C"aptain of the team and the Campitelli family has treated me as one of their own kids and for this I am forever grateful. There are so many fond memories that I could share, Fred and I have done everything from transferring and tarping loads out in the yard to dispatching together when Anthony was away on vacation. I remember our traditional Christmas lightening rounds (poker) in his office that would start 2 or 3 days before the holidays each year and the many trips to Atlantic City,later on his daily visits upstairs to Durham Truck to check on our employees so he could keep up to date. Luckily for me I never needed his courtroom skills...but most of all Uncle Fred tought me that with hard work and determination anything is possible. He is extremely generous, loving ,caring and one of the hardest working men I have ever known.Uncle Fred we miss you , your confidence and guidance at 610 , Fred I consider you my Uncle and I personally will surely miss you as well..Our prayers are with you.."
"Freddie, a man who demonstrates that nothing is impossible. He is an inspiration for me, he showed me how you can build your life from very little and make your life prosper and flourish. Family is very important and more importantly, a family needs to stick together and support each other no matter what happens.
I thank God each day that Freddie and Margaret were part of my families life and they have touched all of us in one way or another."
"Freddie - you have been a huge part of the Farah family for most of my life. We met on Janellen and it wasn't long before our families meshed into one, sharing our love, our homes, our traditions and so many special occasions that came our way. You have always been like a brother to my dad and an awesome support to all of us over the years. We love you and are praying for you. God bless. xoxoxo"
"My parents, Tony and Dolly Hayward, were good friends with Fred and Margaret for many years. My mom is here with us in Oakville today and we are reminiscing about the long friendship between the Haywards and the Campitellis. One of our favourite memories was from sometime around 1970 when three families, Haywards, Campitellis, and Tredways went to Anna Maria Island together and stayed side by side on the beach. Freddie never wanted to go out for dinner....Rather he preferred to barbecue for everyone....We remember one night in particular when he cooked dinner for 17 of us!! He had a homemade glass of red wine in one hand, a big smile, and a warm and friendly manner who welcomed everyone into his arms. We will always love the Campitelli family....They have all had a profound and loving influence on our lives..."
"I am Fred's first granddaughter's (Daniella's) Husband, I first met Fred about 8 years ago at Carla's home and I will never forget his first words to me. I said "Nice to meet you, I'm Daniella's boyfriend" he replied "Where's the ring?". I could tell I would need to work hard to earn his respect, and rightfully so. We all know how much Fred loves to play cards, blackjack, poker etc.. Some of my favorite experiences with Fred were our family poker games where many laughs and heated arguments were shared. If you were lucky enough to be sitting beside Fred, you had better make sure you get someone to cut the deck, because if you didn't, he would be all over you. Fred has been a pillar of strength in this family, his work ethic and attitude inspire all to make more of their life. He has provided so much for his family and his lifestyle is a testament to that. You will surely be missed Fred..."
"Fred, I met you when I first met Bruno... on my first date with him... at your home with Margaret at the J. and F. Christmas Party... since then, since I worked and Viceroy, you bugged me all the time for payment... as I was accounts payable at Viceroy Homes... Your Family welcomed me into your home, and I was even taught how to cook and bake by Margaret... I had always known of the Campitelli's, as I lived just around the corner.... I will for very sure miss you... xxx"
"It was 1972 when I ran into Anthony at Senator O'Connor College School. Very soon after Fred and Margaret's home was my second home. There was no special treatment or guest status, you were all in! During all these years I came to respect him for his work ethic and that call it like he saw it type of approach. I came to love him for the devotion to his family, his admirable community service through the Lions Club, the countless people he helped and the interest and care he showed me. I hope I didn't disappoint him."
"Sending a hug to you Uncle Fred, and to all of my family at home <3 Love you all."
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