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GLOUCESTER: Serafino J. Frontiero, “Sophie the Bull” or “The Bull," 87, husband of Nina G. (Randazza) Frontiero, of Gloucester, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.

Sophie was born in Gloucester on August 24, 1928, son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Lucido) Frontiero, the last surviving son of eleven children.

He was a graduate of Gloucester High School and then began his lifelong career as a boss lumper on the waterfront. Sophie was famous for his incredibly strong work ethic, quick wit, the endless stories he told and was commonly referred to as a “Living Legend.”

For many years, he was very active in the St. Peter’s Fiesta seine boat races and was a member of what was thought to be one of the greatest upsets in seine boat history when in 1966 the “Young at Heart” defeated the “Gondaliers.”

Throughout his life, Sophie was an avid sports enthusiast and loved listening to music. You could often hear him singing in his home or driving around town in one of his junk lumping cars.

Sophie adored his children and grandchildren but above all else, he dearly loved his wife Nina whom he cherished, protected and shared many years of laughter and love.

In addition to his beloved wife Nina, he is survived by his daughters, Lesa Cahill, Karen Swanson and husband, Robert; his son, Ron Frontiero and wife, Mary; grandchildren, Bryant, Jared and Taylor Cahill, Kelli Hartley and husband Robert, Brittany Jonaitis, Erica Frontiero and fiance, David O’Leary, Gregory Frontiero and Venessa Frontiero; great-grandchildren, Ava and Ella Hartley, Regan O’Leary; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Peter Frontiero and wife Sarah, Tony Frontiero and wife, Rose, Sam Frontiero and wife Carmella, Tom Frontiero and wife, Prescilla, James Frontiero and wife, Marie, Joseph Frontiero and wife Betty, Agnes Scola and husband Sam, Annie Frontiero; mother and father-in-law, Annie and Salvatore Randazza; brothers-in-law, John Randazza and wife, Rosalie, Salvatore Randazza and wife, Virginia.

His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Wednesday October 7, at 8:45 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  October 3, 2015
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