Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road in Fitchburg, MA followed by a burial at St. Bernard’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Greater Boston Food Bank.
Mastrangelo, Ferdinand Ralph (“Fred Angel”) passed away quietly at his home on October 12, 2022 filled with the love and respect of his family.
Born in Fitchburg, MA to Frank and Faustina Mastrangelo, he graduated from Phillips Andover Academy in 1946 and Boston University in 1950.
A veteran, Fred’s military career included three years of service in the US Army during the Korean Conflict where he held rank of 2nd LT.
Fred developed a lifelong love of aviation and started flying at the tender age of 16. He held both private and commercial licenses in addition to building two kit aircraft that he often flew over the area. He was the President and Co-Owner of the Silver Wings Co. located at the Fitchburg Airport and President of the Angel Mini-Flite Co. in Northboro, a manufacturer of ARF model airplanes. In addition, he was co-owner of Northeast Radio Control in Leominster, distributor of leading brands of miniature model radio equipment and parts.
Fred dedicated his life to helping other model aircraft hobbyists, young and old, winning numerous prizes and accolades for his aircraft plans in leading model airplane magazines. In his early 80’s, he taught a course on the Theory of Flight at Fitchburg State College.
Co-owner of the Angel Motel in Hyannis and Supervisor of Leisure Living in Lake Placid, NY, Fred was an early entrepreneur with keen business acumen. His travels included trips throughout the US and abroad.
Married to the late Marcia Mastrangelo for 54 years, they resided on Whalom Lake. He worked as president and partner and/or co-owner of many businesses as mentioned above, most notably The Angel Company and Modular Kitchens.
Civic endeavors included the Rotary Club of Fitchburg, Finance Committee of Lunenburg and the Exchange Club of Fitchburg.
Fred and his wife raised four children, all of whom he was incredibly proud. His role of grandfather to three granddaughters included many holidays and special occasions filled with laughter at the lake. He filled his retirement days as an avid carpenter, tinkerer, gardener and reader. His sister Theresa resided next door and they looked after each other as the years progressed. With his devoted companion Jan, they shared a love of movies and social gatherings. His two nieces and two nephews appreciated, and were very close to, their good-natured Uncle Fred. Friends were life-long and family was the pivotal force in his extraordinary, well-lived life.
Surviving family include Kristina and Mick Gethin of Dennis, MA, Lisa and Tony Woody of Exeter, NH, Francesca Mastrangelo of Eliot, ME and Steve and Tricia Mastrangelo of Bonita Springs, FL as well as granddaughters Deanna, Marina and Leela.