Alfred A. " Freddie The Shoemaker " Sforza

Funeral Information

Home: Huntington, NY
Date of Death: January 26, 2014
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NY
Birthdate: July 13, 1914
Age: 99
Mass: Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:30 AM St. Patricks Church, Huntington, NY
Visitation: Thursday, January 30, 2014 7 to 9 PM at M. A. Connell Funeral Home Inc., Huntington Station, NY; Friday, January 31, 2014 2-4 & 7-9 PM at M. A. Connell Funeral Home Inc., Huntington Station, NY
Interment: St. Patrick's Cemetery, Huntington, NY

Biography

Alfred A. "Freddie the Shoemaker" SFORZA

SFORZA - Alfred A. ("Freddie the Shoemaker"), 99, of Huntington, on January 26, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Lena (neeBifulco). Loving father of Dr.Alfred V. (Barbara). Adoring grandfather of Dr. Anthony(Jennifer), Debra Smith (Peter) and Sharon Buehrig (Phill).Cherished great-grandfather of Kevin, Jessica, Nicholas, Kyle, Kaden and Miles. Visitation at M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Ave., Huntington Station on Thursday 7-9 PM and Friday 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Church on Saturday at 9:30 AM.   

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Phyllis Lynch 2014-01-27 23:04:07
Uncle Freddie, There was never a time that you didn't have a big smile when you saw me; whether it was in your shop, at the deli with Julie & Jim or in our home. Thank you for so many warm memories. Love Frankie Ice's daughter
JERILYN DARIA BIFULCO 2014-01-28 01:01:18
May bands of Angels sings dear Freddie to his rest! Always a friendly face whenever he greeted you! A legend in Huntington for sure our Freddie the Shoemaker! Nobody did it better!
Chris Johnson 2014-01-28 03:00:59
God Father Freddie, I will miss you, and love you in my life. You never forgot my birthday for 69 years. I will always remember you saying, I was #1 God Child. Freddie, you gave me my first pair of penny loafers with the pennies in them. Love and Sympathy to Al, Barbara and Family. Chris & Russ Johnson
Michelin Nucci 2014-01-28 12:14:17
Freddie, you were such a part of my memories of growing up in Huntington Station. You were a good friend of my late father , Freddie Catapano, and uncle, Frank Catapano. So on behalf of the Catapano's, as Bob Hope said,"thanks for the memories." They will never be forgotten. And when you are in heaven, shooting the breeze with your old friends, say hi to my father for me.
Doreen Pagano 2014-01-28 12:34:22
May you rest in the arms of the angels in heaven, Freddie. I know everyone up there welcomed you with a huge tap dance and a smile!
Nick De Jesu 2014-01-28 13:39:13
Rest in peace Freddy.... You were loved by all! Rejoice in heaven...
Rich Marrone 2014-01-28 13:58:56
You'll be missed,Fred. I would ask him for taps on my shoes,and he would ask what my Mom would say,and then put them on anyway.Always a smile.God Bless
Jodi Lizzo 2014-01-28 16:11:00
My deepest condolances he was known and loved by all my father always spoke fondly of him everyone knew "Freddie the Shoemaker" God Bless
Kathleen Grant 2014-01-28 18:39:39
Will always remember Freddy, especially in his shop and in St.Pat's Church with son, Al. My condolences to th family. Kathleen Grant and Family
Dan Nigro 2014-01-28 19:58:34
"We were poor, but others were poorer. And it wasn't only me [who provided services for free]; we all watched out for one another. We had to. We were a community and it's what we all did." That's what Freddie the shoemaker said to me last year when I had the pleasure of having a conversation with him at his son Al’s presentation on historic Huntington. I was touched by his memories of how community members watched out for one another. I'd heard many stories from locals who said that way back to the 1950s people recalled that when they didn't have the money to have their shoes repaired, he repaired them for free, or for bunches of fruits or vegetables. Farewell Freddie. You left your impression on me, and so many others. Thank you for your service to the community.
Patricia Auricchio Frazee 2014-01-28 21:49:10
Fredddy you always made me feel special and important from the time i was a little girl thank u !!!! Patricia ( say hello to all my family in heaven
Roseanna Schmitz 2014-01-28 22:31:02
You always had a smile for the children when Neal cut their hair I was so happy to get to see you one last time last week
john palazzolo 2014-01-29 00:31:12
i never knew the man but my condoloences go out to the family.
Jenice Sesti 2014-01-29 03:25:35
Freddie.. a "one of a kind" - generous, kind and had the ability to make everyone he interacted with feel special. He was a great friend of my father's and back in the day you could always find them at Munday's having breakfast daily. I feel so fortunate that I got to see him a few months ago and only wish I would have followed my instinct to go see him last week at his shop. "Freddie the Shoemaker" - you were so much more than that and the kids and I love you.
Anne and Paul Grasso 2014-01-29 14:21:56
Dear Uncle Fred, As a little girl you were always my savior. On the back steps of Barrow Ct. , along with Grandma and Grandpa Artistico, you would dry my tears when Uncle Pat would make me cry. You always had that loving caring embrace when you saw me, from a newborn till my fifties. You will always give me a smile when I think of. God will have you on Angels Wings and bring you home to Aunt Lena and all those who await you with loving arms. To Al, Barbara and Family, thoughts and prayers.
Maria Schupler-Reilly 2014-01-29 14:49:49
Mr. Freddie - Our hearts are saddened to hear this news. Our visits for haircuts at Mr. Neil's will never be the same as we will miss sitting with you and talking. The Reilly clan loved time with you. Seeing your face light up as the boys ran towards you in church is a vision we will never forget. With thought and prayers. We lost a special man! How blessed we are to have had the time. Maria, Chris, CJ, Reagan and Dylan.
Camille & Jerry 2014-01-29 20:22:24
Dear Al & Barbara, We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss and we will keep him in our prayers and cherish the many wonderful memories of him Love and Deepest Sympathy Jerry & Camille
Gary and Mary Catapano 2014-01-29 20:42:33
Uncle Freddie, You set such a great example for all of us to follow. My first job as a teenager was working for you in your old shop in Huntington Station and I learned so much from you about people and life. Your kindness, guidance and sense of humor meant more to me than you knew. I treasured the moments you shared with me and our family and later with our daughters when they where growing up. No one can argue that you were one of a kind. Rest in peace my dear Uncle and Thank You. Al and Barbara our hearts go out to you along with our prayers. Gary and Mary Catapano
Dorothy Santosus Rizzo 2014-01-30 01:18:12
To all of the Sforza Family, My thoughts go out to you especially Al an Barbara on the loss of Uncle Freddie. He was such a warm friendly, gentle soul and has such a special place in my heart. We always enjoyed visiting him at the store. Love Always, Dorothy and Family
Antonia S. MAttheou 2014-01-30 13:53:06
Always with a smile and a story to tell. I enjoyed listening to you as much as asking you questions. Seven o'clock was bedtime. You would come into Dr. Al's study where he and I were working on the book and you would say, with a smile, "Good night Doc, good night honey" Good night Fred and safe travels
Jeannie John Mannone 2014-01-30 14:30:52
So sad to hear about Freddie,He was a wonderful man,we wii neaver forget him.Julie Algera Deaughter. sympathy to the Family
Tony and Julie Santosus 2014-01-30 17:58:48
My earliest and fondest memories included you Uncle Freddie. I’ve always enjoyed stopping by the store to say hello or visiting the house on Sunday mornings after church. When I hear the expression “salt of the earth” it is your image that comes to mind. Your unwavering warmth and gentle kindness set an example for all of us to live by. We will miss you.
ROBERT GOTTLIEB 2014-01-30 18:09:46
IN F ONDEST MEMORIES OF A LONG LONG TIME FRIEND