Grafton – Ferruccio “Fred” R. Pradella, 73, passed away July 2, 2022 following complications that arose from late-stage cancer while at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
He leaves his loving wife Joanne (Leo) Pradella; his daughter Dominique Burke, her husband Chris, and their son Trent; nieces, nephews, and many extended family members who loved him dearly. Ferruccio was predeceased by his brother Dario and parents Isabella and Guido Pradella.
He was born August 31, 1948 in Gardone Riviera, Italy, and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 13 years old. They settled in Little Italy in Lower Manhattan where his family owned and operated a bakery for many years.
Ferruccio prized education from a young age and eventually earned his Master’s Degree which he applied with distinction working as a Systems Engineer focusing on government defense contracting.
Work was by no means what defined Ferruccio, however, as those who knew him would probably call him a modern-day Renaissance man. He was well versed in history, geography, politics, art, and the opera which he frequently enjoyed along with his wife Joanne. Ferruccio loved sports as well, and was a fierce supporter of Juventus FC football club, the NY Yankees and NY Giants, true to his Manhattan roots.
He prized a great meal with the people he loved, always seeking out authentic food and experiences. He lived his life according to his faith, placing his trust in God and in the parish community of which he was an active member. His family will greatly miss a loving father, affectionate grandfather, and devoted husband.
All are welcome to gather with Ferruccio’s family and friends Monday July 11th from 4pm to 7pm at Roney Funeral Home (152 Worcester St. N. Grafton, MA 01536). His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday July 12th at 11:00am at his beloved parish of St. Mary (17 Waterville St. N. Grafton, MA 01536). Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers please remember Ferruccio with a donation to Food for the Poor at www.foodforthepoor.org.
A Book of Memories to share a special message with his family is available online at www.RoneyFuneralHome.com.