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“Leslie, we are so very sorry to hear about Fred. We just wished we had more time with the two of you. We are saddened by his passing. He was super...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Paulette Spears - Naples, FL

“My heartfelt condolences, Leslie, in the passing of your husband, Fred. May loving memories of a wonderful life fill the void. Keeping all of your...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Sharon Weaver - Naples, FL

“Leslie, Please know our Prayers are with you and your Family at this time. Linda...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Douglas Besteman - Naples, FL

“My Dear Sweet Leslie,I am so sorry for your loss of your Fred.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family.God Bless you sweat lady.HugsSuzie...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Fred and Suzie Bally - Naples, FL

“Leslie-I am so sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Diane Ryan - Belmont, MA

“Leslie, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My prayers are with you. God bless, Susan Mehigan ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Mehigan - Watertown, MA

“Alex is a dear friend of mine stemming back to our days in high school. I am so sorry for the loss of his father. I send my condolences to his entire...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Katie Omara - Northborough, MA

“Leslie and Family,We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear husband Fred. I know Joe enjoyed working with Fred for many years at...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Joseph & Christine Murgo - MA

“Thank you for everything Fred, like me, there are many that have you to thank for always looking out for us. I'll never forget the time you called me...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Dan McCarthy - Burlington, MA

“I am sorry to hear of the passing of Fred!! He will be missed. My deepest sympathy Leslie to you and your family ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Mavis Ofori - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Leslie and FamilySo sorry to hear of the passing of Fred.Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Francis & Pat Trapasso ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Francis Trapasso - Sandwich, MA

“Leslie and Family,So sorry to hear of Freds passing, know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.Deepest sympathy's. Christine...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: CHRISTINE BROWN - SANDWICH, MA

“Fred, you will be missed. Rest on peace my friend. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Dick Depew - Sandwich, MA

“He is now resting in peace ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH

“We Love you Freddie ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Vin&Margee Phaneuf - Naples, FL

Naples, Florida – Mr. Frederick Proia, of Naples, Florida and formerly of Sandwich, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on March 7, 2021. He was 71 years old.

Fred was born in Newton on February 19, 1950, the son of the late Frederick S. and Doris M. (Arsenault) Proia. He was raised in Newton and after graduating from Newton North High School he served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Later he would earn his undergraduate degree from Suffolk University and his Masters of Finance from Boston College.

His long and successful banking career began at West Newton Savings Bank before being hired at Watertown Savings Bank where he remained for over forty years. Fred retired as Sr. Vice-President of Retail Banking. He and his team were responsible for the successful expansion of the bank's physical presence in Watertown and the surrounding communities. He loved his job at Watertown Savings and made many lifelong friendships with both co-workers and customers alike. He especially enjoyed mentoring his employees and seeing them succeed.

In anticipation of retirement Fred and his wife Leslie moved to the Ridge Club located in Sandwich, MA. This allowed Fred to pursue his passion for golf, where he and Leslie become immersed in the community and made some wonderful and close friendships. Retirement afforded Fred and his wife the opportunity to move to Florida where he was happy to spend more time on the golf course. He loved to travel and his favorite destination was Walt Disney World, allowing he and his family to create many wonderful memories. He was an avid Boston sports fan and grew up with an intense love of the Boston Red Sox and was a passionate Patriots season ticket holder for 20 years

He is survived by his wife, Leslie M. (Peters) Proia; his sons, Andrew F. Proia of Manchester, New Hampshire and Alexander J. Proia of Naples, Florida; his siblings, Bruce Proia (Sharyn) of Newton, Cheryl Proia (Pearl Racette) of Colorado and Cindy Hayes (late Paul McDonald) of Franklin and also leaves many nieces and nephews.

He was also the father of the late Adam C. Proia who died in 2016.

Family and friends will honor and remember Fred's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, March 14th from 2 – 5 p.m.

Fred's funeral service and entombment in Newton Cemetery will be private.

Those who would like to view his Funeral Service may do so via this link on Monday, March 15th at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Dana Farber Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215 or to The Sandwich Food Pantry, 331 Cotuit Road P.O. Box 1824 Sandwich, MA 02563.

A note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:

During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.

Telephone your friend to offer words of love and support, give them a virtual hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.

When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.

It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.

Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.

Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.

During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance.

Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.