Published: June 17, 2008
Alfred A. “Reo” Giangrande, age 67, died at his home on Friday, May 30. He was born in Boston on February 3, 1941, to Richard Giangrande and Caroline (Ghelfi) Giangrande.
He and his partner Lonnie Moskal have operated Old Saybrook Antiques Center since 1984.
Throughout his life, Alfred lived in Boston, New Hampshire and Connecticut. He was a volunteer for both the Old Saybrook, Conn., Fire Department and Ambulance Association. Alfred was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing with his children, grandchildren and many friends. He loved to golf, cook, go antiquing and visit with his children and grandchildren. His love for animals was evidenced by his daily visits to his grand dog Diesel and his adoption of many stray cats over the years.
Alfred held many different and interesting jobs. He started his life as a golf caddy, after which he went to work at the fish pier in Boston. Later, he opened a fish & chips restaurant in Boston.
When Alfred started a family, he began working for O’Brien Paints as a regional sales manager where he stayed for more than 20 years. Due to his love of food, cooking and the company of friends, he opened Reo’s Restaurant in Old Saybrook in 1976. After closing Reo’s, Alfred and his companion Lonnie then moved back to Boston where he was employed as a salesman at General Hardware.
As his love of antiques grew, he opened Second Chance Antiques in Boston. He missed his family and friends in Connecticut, however, which prompted him to move back to the shoreline. In 1984 Alfred and Lonnie opened the Old Saybrook Antiques Center, where they worked together with many wonderful and interesting people.
Alfred his survived by his partner of 32 years, Lonnie Moskal. He is also survived by his daughter, Doreen Day of Westbrook, Conn., and Robert Day of Old Saybrook; sons Alfred II and his wife Alex of Old Saybrook; Stephen and his wife Deborah of Essex; Brian and his wife Claudine, also of Essex.
He also leaves behind grandchildren Robert Day III, Raymond Day, Alfred Giangrande III, Stephen T. Giangrande, Sara C. Giangrande, Benjamin Giangrande, Katherine Giangrande, and Gabrielle Giangrande; sisters Karen Giangrande and Claire Bruno; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother, Richard Giangrande, sister, Donna Giangrande, and his first wife, Catherine Giangrande.
Donations may be made in Alfred’s honor to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries, PO Box 804, Essex CT 06426.
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