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November 22, 2012

Letters to the editor


Daughters Risa and Andria are role models of their own when it comes to the world of education and community endeavor. Fred, humble as he was, passed off the credit to his wife, Millie, and their 60 years of marriage. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango.

At a time when education was at a premium, Fred not only put himself through college but was president of his class.

His family’s Haverhill TV and Appliance company kept its longevity intact on Washington Street because Fred defied the odds. At a time when the economy took a hit downtown and businesses were going under, Fred and his sons kept the ship afloat with a warm, personal touch you don’t often find in the malls and outlets across the border.

He always worked up a deal to secure your business, often undercutting the mega stores, which proved sound business acumen. His dad Mario before him established that method and two generations ran with it.

Fred was the ultimate Rotarian, given his 48 years with the club, always “service above self,” and kept the embers glowing with his proud Italian ancestry and his efforts with the Bradford Swim Club.

Rest in peace Fred. You’re in good company upstairs.

Tom Vartabedian


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