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METHUEN, FORMERLY OF ANDOVER: Mr. Alfred G. Zappala, a resident of Methuen for the past 15 years, formerly of Andover and beloved husband of the late Shirley (Ayoub) Zappala, passed away, surrounded by his loving children on Sunday afternoon, December 20, 2015. He was 83 years old.

Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late John F. and Lena (Mambro) Zappala. Mr. Zappala was a United States Army Veteran, entering the military as a Lieutenant on August 24, 1954, and receiving his honorable discharge on August 23, 1956. Known as Fred, he was a graduate of MIT where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He furthered his education at the Harvard Business School where he earned the degree of Master in Business Administration. Fred had a long and successful career in defense and technology consulting and sales and was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation for many years.

Fred enjoyed playing golf and was an avid Boston sports fan. He was an excellent and passionate Duplicate Bridge player having amassed nearly 2,000 Master Points.

He is survived by his loving children, John L. Zappala of San Diego, Calif., Rosemarie Zappala of Orlando, Fla., and Christina Zappala Ongpin of Burlingame, Calif.; brother, John F. Zappala of Amherst, N.H.; grandchildren, Franklin A., Derek M. and Christopher M. Farago, all of Orlando, and Carina and Camille Ongpin, both of Burlingame, Calif.; and one niece and several nephews. He will be dearly missed by all.

His funeral service was celebrated in the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover, on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend. Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 28, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be held in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alfred's memory may be made to the Methuen Fire Department, 24 Lowell Street, Methuen, MA 01844. For additional information, please visit, www.burkemagliozzi.com.
Published on  December 27, 2015
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