Frederick A. "Rick" DeStefano Jr., of Newton and Florida, suddenly, Jan. 23, 2020.
Beloved husband of Kathleen McCarthy DeStefano.
Dear brother to Linda DeStefano (David Fernie).
Adoring father to Marc DeStefano (Veronica), Craig DeStefano (Marisol), Sean McCarthy (Lauren), Sarah Pauling (Todd), Daniel McCarthy (Kelly Ann), and Justin McCarthy (Jenna).
Proud uncle to Colin and Toby Fernie. Loving "Pa" to Angelina, Gianna, Shayne, Christian, Amanda, Isla, Dexter, Zoe, Marielle, and Poppy.
Also survived by many friends from Newton to Naples who met him through community theatre, squash at the Newton Squash and Tennis Club, and golf at White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth and The Classics Country Club in Naples.
Born in Lewiston, ME, raised in Belmont, Rick played offense and defense on the Belmont High School football team. He attended Bridgton Academy and studied at Bates College. He developed the New England Gift Center in Bedford and was a real estate broker in MA and FL.
Rick was a true classic, best exemplified by his favorite vehicle, a 1962 baby blue T-Bird. An avid New England sports fan, he rarely missed the chance to cheer on the Red Sox and Patriots.
He will be most remembered for his sense of humor, love of life and extraordinary dedication to family and friends.
Calling Hours at Andrew J Magni & Son Funeral Home, 365 Watertown St., NEWTON, on Monday, 4-8 pm. Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians, 573 Washington St., NEWTON, on Tuesday, 10:30 am, followed by interment at the Newton Cemetery. The family would prefer no flowers and instead donations may be made to the Rick DeStefano Foundation, c/o the McCarthy Legal Group, 275 Grove St., Ste. 2-400, NEWTON, MA 02466.