In Memory

Frederick Slyva

Frederick J. “Fred” Slyva, 74, of Framingham.  Born in Boston on April 18, 1948 the son of the late Joseph W. Slyva and Eleanor J. (Corcoran) Slyva, Fred died suddenly from cardiac issues on Saturday, September 10, 2022 with his beloved wife for 48 years, Marie E. (Iaccarino) Slyva, by his side.

Fred was the loving father of Neil J. Slyva and his wife Leah Limone of Topsfield and Jillian M. (Slyva) Larkham and her husband Timothy Larkham of Chelmsford. Cherished grandfather of three grandchildren. Brother of William D. Slyva and his wife Heidi Slyva of Holliston and Eleanor F. Keating and her partner Charles Yager of West Bridgewater. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Fred spent his formative years in Needham and was a graduate of Needham High School. He was a Master Electrician with Dennison for over 30 years and retired after 11 years with E.H.V Weidmann of Framingham.

He was a car enthusiast and particularly favored his 1970 El Camino. Over the years, he acquired many cars which he enjoyed repairing and collecting. For many years, he volunteered his time doing odd jobs, small projects and repairing appliances for the residents at the Scandinavian Living Center in Newton.

The most important aspect of Fred’s life was the love and devotion to his family and time spent with them. He found great delight in being with grandchildren and teaching them all the makes and models of matchbox cars.

Memorial visitations will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rt 30), Cochituate Village, Wayland.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 11:00 am at the funeral home.
Interment in Edgell Grove Cemetery in Framingham will be held privately with his family.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Fred’s memory may be sent to the Callahan Senior Center, 535 Union Ave, Framingham, MA 01701; the Heart Center of Metrowest, 99 Lincoln St, Framingham, MA 01702, or the Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham Street, Newton MA

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09/16/22 01:28 PM #1    

Bob Barrett

Sorry to hear of Fred's passing.  I didn't know him well, but we did have a couple of classes together.  At one in particular (Ms. Pfeutze's Social Studies class), Fred and a group of about 6 of us wound up sitting together in the back corner of the classroom, and we all wound up becoming "classroom friends" together in our little corner of the room.  We always chatted and made wise cracks to each other before and even during the class, generally about random topics (sorry, Ms. Pfeutze). 
I remember Fred and I often talked about cars and especially his passion for all cars, old and new.  I remember he came to class one day bursting with excitement.  He had come upon a used red Corvette and it was available for only $1.  Even back then, $1 was a big deal, so I asked him what was the catch?  He said that, well, somebody had passed away in it and they hadn't found the person for a few weeks, so the car needed to be deep-cleaned ... but otherwise it was in great shape!  I asked him about it a couple of days later, and I guess he thought about it and decided that trying to clean a three week accumulation of aroma and decomposition was too much, even for a buck!  
I'm glad to hear he maintained his passion for cars and working on them throughout his life, and he was able to pass on his joy to his grandkids.  Fred was a good guy - rest in peace.

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