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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 31,2013 Page5 FRED MASOTTA (JULY I, 1931 - MAY 24, 2013) Fred Masotta, age 81, of Hamden, CT passed away at home surrounded by his family on May 24th. Fred was the beloved hus- band of over 55 years and best friend to his wife Diane (Jantzer) Masotta. In addi- tion to his wife, Diane, Fred leaves his three children Gall (William) O'Keefe, Fritz (Eileen Passarello) and Suzanne Masotta all of Hamden. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren Will- iam (Nina) O'Keefe, Diane O'Keefe, Karissa Masotta, Timothy O'Keefe, Fred Masotta IV, Niko Masotta and Zachery Masotta: He was predeceased by his parents Frederick & Mary (Tito) Masotta, Sr., and a sister Rosemarie Arpaia. He also leaves Rosemarie's four won- derful children and six grandchildren. A lifelong Hamden resi- dent Fred was very active in the community from athlet- ics to charity to commerce. In 1979 he was inducted into the Quinnipiac University Hall of Fame for Basketball. While in school there in the 1950's Fred was a two-sport standout starring on the bas- ketball court and the base- ball field for Quinnipiac. Fred's academic and athletic career was interrupted when, as a member of the U.S. Army, he served as a Ser- geant First Class in Korea, where he earned a Bronze Star. After completion of his military duty, Fred returned to Quinnipiac to captain the baseball team and earn his degree in Business in 1957. While still at Quinnipiac, Fred went into business in Hamden. First with SS&M Builders and then on his own with Craftsmen Inc., he grew his company over the next 50+ years to be a major pres- ence in the Hamden commu- nity. Craftsmen, was from the beginning a true family business. Fred and Diane worked together to build it and as their three children got older they all became a part of the company. For the last 30 years his son Fred (Fritz) Masotta has been privileged to work with and learn from him on a daily basis. Throughout the years Fred has received many honors including Hamden Chamber of Commerce Citi- zen of the Year in 1983 and the National Home Builders' Association Lifetime Spike Award. He has also served on many Boards including the Hamden Chamber of Com- merce Board of Directors and the Sacred Heart Academy Father's Board and the Quinnipiac University Ath- letic Advisory Board. He was a proud member of Ameri- can Legion Post 150 where he was honored for 50 years of membership. A huge sports fan Fred watched all of the New York Giants games and tried to see as many Boston Red Sox and Yankees games as possible. He also avidly followed all Quinnipiac University sports as well as UConn men's and women's basketball. What we will remember Fred most for are not the accolades that he so richly deserved and received, but for the lessons he taught us. Fred was a man who lived life with great joy and exuber- ance and quite a bit of noise. But he did good works quietly. He donated and installed flag poles at many of the churches and ball fields in Hamden because he thought they should have them. At Saint Raphael's he and Diane began a fund to raise money to help with cancer care. The Masotta Family Fund has grown through the years as they have been qui- etly donating to it and now they are poised, thanks to the help of many good friends, to open a "Lion's Den." This is a special room at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital that will be set up for children battling cancer. The family would like to thank the staff at The Saint Raphael's Campus of Yale New Haven-Hospital and CT Hos- pice for their truly professional and compassionate care. Friends may call Thurs- day, May 30 from 3 - 8 p.m. at Sisk Brothers Funeral Home 3105 Whitney Av- enue, Hamden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May al at 10:00 am in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Friends are asked to go di- rectly to the church. Burial in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the fam- ily requests that donations be made to Yale NH Hospital Masotta Family Fund c/o Lucy Sirico, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-1849. Saint Norbert Sons of Italy Grand Lodge Cancels June 3rd Culture Series Due to unforeseen circumstances the Sons of Italy Grand Lodge has cancelled their Culture Series scheduled for June 3rd featuring Dr. Nancy Harrowitz to be held at the Burlington Public Library. The Sons of Italy Grand Lodge apologizes for any inconvenience and will reschedule this event in the Fall. East Boston Main Streets to Host June Networking Breakfast On Tuesday, June ll, 2013, East Boston Main Streets will hold its Community Networking Breakfast at Spinelli's from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. Meet and mingle over breakfast with East Boston resi- dents and business owners. Congressman Michael Capuano, Representative of the Eighth Congressional Dis- trict will be delivering the keynote address and discussing important neighborhood issues. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http:/ / or call the East Boston Main Streets office at 617-561-1044. by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Norbert was born at Xanten in the Rheinland around the year 1080. His father, Heribert, Count of Gennep, was related to the imperial house of Germany. Early in his life he became sub deacon but his fear of greater restraint and his worldly ambitions prevented him from receiving higher orders. An accident brought about a dramatic change in the way he lived his life. One day, while riding to Vreden, a village near Xanten, he was overtaken by a storm; a lightning bolt struck at his horse's feet; the frightened animal threw Norbert knock- ing him out for nearly an hour. When he awoke his first words were, "Lord, what do you want me to do?'In response Norbert heard in his heart, "Turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it." Norbert became a sincere penitent, he re- nounced his appointment at Court and retired to Xanten to lead a life of penance. Norbert, seeking spiritual guidance went to the abbey of Sieburg and placed him- self under the guidance of Abbot Cong. In gratitude to Cono, Norbert founded the Abbey of Fflrstenberg, en- dowed it with a portion of his property, and turned it over to Cono and the Benedictine monks. When Norbert turned 35, feeling that he was called to the priesthood, he presented himself to the Bishop of Cologne, from whose hands he was ordained. Shortly after his ordina- tion, Norbert disposed of his estate and gave all the proceeds to the poor, reserv- ing for himself only what was needed for the celebra- tion of Holy Mass. Barefooted and begging his bread, he journeyed to St. Giles, in Languedoc, where Pope Gelasius was visiting, hop- ing to speak to him con- cerning his future life. The Pope granted him permis- sion to preach wherever he judged proper. After the death of Pope Gelasius (January 29, 1119) Norbert wished to confer with his successor, Pope Calixtus II, at the Council of Reims (October, 1119). The Pope and Bartholomew, Bishop of Laon, requested that Norbert found a religious order in the Diocese of Laon, France so that his work might be perpetuated after his death. Norbert went from place to place preaching penance finally settling at Premontre where he founded the Order (Continued on Page 12) I I 7 I ~ ~;~.~) Formore information orto register go to www.cityofboston,gov/isd/housing, email: or call 617-635-1010 I I I 5 roadway, Revere I 781-286-CASH -- EXTRA SPENDING MONEY-- I ! I The Rental Registration & Inspection Program requires the annual registration of all private rental units and the inspection for all non-exempt rental units to be conducted every five years. This year the registration period begins on May l, 2013 and ends on August 1,2013. The initial registration fee is $25/unit. Failure to register will result in fines and further enforcement actions. Benefits: Educate owners on State and local housing codes. Provides owners with a written record of the conditions of the property. Ensures rental units meet minimum Housing Code Requirements Promoting Safe, Sanitary& Healthy Housing