Fred DeGenova entered eternal life on Friday, July 17, 2020. He was born on April 3, 1933 in Darby, PA, and graduated from Darby High School. Sixty-Two years ago, he married his beloved wife and sweetheart Margaret ‘Peggy’ Campbell, in 1958, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Drexel Hill.
Fred had a zest for life.
He took great pride in his service in the Army (from 1953 – 1955). Upon leaving the Army, he joined the United States Postal Service as a Letter Carrier (Letter Carrier #17), where he walked his routes for 40 years! Never one to be idle, Fred joined AstraZeneca soon after he retired from the postal service and continued to work at AstraZeneca for another 10 years. He was a sport enthusiast all his life but not content with simply watching from the sidelines. For 25 years, he refereed for a variety of sports. Having bowled in his younger years, when he FINALLY retired, he went on to become an Olympic Medalist in bowling - for 12-years (2008 to 2019), while also receiving national and local bowling awards. Fred had a keen sense of humor and a smile that could light up a dark room. He had a love of adventure, including traveling far and wide to places such as Amsterdam and Europe.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Anna DeGenova, his brothers Albert and John DeGenova, his sisters Josephine Butler (nee: DeGenova) and Violet O’Neill (nee: DeGenova), his son Freddie DeGenova, and his great grandson Mathew Fabrizio V. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret ‘Peggy’, his daughter Susan, three grandchildren Matthew, Jason, and Alycia, one great-grandchild Maddy Fabrizio, his sisters Concetta Senerchia (nee: DeGenova) and Florence Fiorenza (nee: DeGenova), and his loving nieces, nephews, and numerous other relatives.
There will be a private graveside service. The family hopes to have a celebration of Fred’s life – possibly on his 88th birthday in April of 2021 – when we can all join to remember Fred in the way he would want us to – in a festive (post-COVID) celebration.
In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Fred, please consider making a donation to The Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat, a private, non-profit organization created to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (https://eccretreat.org/donate/).
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