Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00
Mauri Frappaolo, former Port Washington resident passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Sept. 30, 2009. Known to many as Moe, Moe Baker or Cowboy Moe he touched many lives.
Moe was born to Dominic and Nicoletta Frappaolo (nee Bottiglieri) on Sept. 9, 1920 the seventh of their eight children and the fourth son. Moe worked alongside his father, uncle and brothers in the Italian bakery that had been established in 1905 by Dominic and Antonio Frappaolo. They all worked there together until 1941 when the bakery closed its doors because the boys were off to war and Dominic and Antonio could not run the business without them. After returning home from overseas Moe began his career as a car mechanic and repair man at Portlyn Motors.
On Oct. 22, 1949 Moe married Joan Santaniello and they resided on Main Street for the next 54 years. They welcomed two children, Joan Marie and William Charles.
After leaving Portlyn Motors Moe went to work for his brother -in-law Joe Marra at Hunold Pharmacy. He became the resident driver, delivery man and stock man. Moe remained there until he retired in 2001.
Moe was the devoted brother of Rachele Marra, Antoinette Scobbo, Nicholas Frappaolo, Salvatore Frappaolo, Mary Frappaolo, Genari (Charlie) Frappaolo and Florence (Dimples) Frappaolo. Moe was the adored grandfather, chauffeur, playmate and fan of Jacqueline, JoAnna and Jessica De Meo and Genna and William Frappaolo. Moe was also extended the privilege of being the great-grandfather of Evan, Dylan and Mykaela Pajuelo and Alessandra Blangiardo. He always enjoyed the kids. He always loved seeing them. The best present he received was celebrating his eighty-ninth birthday on Sept. 9, 2009 with all of us. Eating cake and laughing and celebrating life.