Fred grew up and Dorchester and later moved to Braintree. As he entered the working world he was employed at Joseph’s Pastry Shop, a family owned bakery. During his time there he turned his once dream of owning and operating his own business into a reality by opening Brooktree Auto Sales in Holbrook. Fred moved to Florida where he has enjoyed his last seventeen years.
He lived a life filled with travel, family gatherings and making fond memories with his many friends and extended family members. Fred was a strong willed man with a kind and gentle soul along with a loving and generous heart. He had many affiliations which included the Kiwanis Club, National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, National Italian American Foundation and he was most proud of founding the Joey Rugnetta Scholarship Fund.
Fred is survived by his loving wife Deborah, beloved children, grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. Predeceased by his cherished son, Joseph “Joey” Rugnetta, his sister Marie Calapa and his brother Philip Rugnetta, nephew Dominic Calapa and niece Donna Calapa.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Fred’s Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 8th, from 9:30 AM to 11:30AM in the Cartwright – Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. A Memorial Mass will follow at 12:00 PM in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington St., Braintree. Burial will be private. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Fred's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 3810.
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