PAWLING, N.Y. -- Fred Cersosimo, a former Pawling volunteer firefighter and Consolidated Edison employee, died Friday, Feb. 17. He was 89.
Known as the neighborhood “fix-it” man, “Mr. C” could usually be found in his garage: repairing bicycles, working on a car, or giving one of his signature (mandated) crew cuts, say family members.
The Bronx native and U.S. Navy veteran passed his “street smarts” on to his family, who he taught the value of common sense, hard work, and commitment to each other, family members say.
Cersosimo was an avid Yankees fan. He was also known for his infectious laugh and good-natured ribbing.
He and his wife, Roberta, who died last year, had spent their long retirement by visiting family and friends in Maine, North Carolina, Hilton Head Island, and Florida. They also enjoyed their day trips to the Mohegan Sun casino and entertainment center in Connecticut for “yet another toss of dice,” family members say.
Fred is survived by his brother Richard of North Carolina; three sons, Frank of New Paltz; and Robert and Michael, both of California; two daughters, Lynn Capozzoli and husband Michael of Poughkeepsie, and Cathy Conover and husband Fred of LaGrangeville; four grandchildren, Sara and Joseph Capozzoli and Jesse and Christopher Cersosimo; and great- granddaughter Cassidy Ann McGuire.
He was predeceased by his parents Rocco and Teresa (Negri) Cersosimo and his brother Louis.
Family and friends may call at the Horn & Thomes, Inc Funeral Home, 83 East Main St, Pawling on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 4-7 p.m. The home can be reached by calling (845) 855-3550.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at St. John's R.C. Church, 39 East Main St., Pawling.
Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Pawling.