Fernando Ventresco died on Tuesday, September 10th at Maine Medical Center. Prior to this, he had been a resident of Pine Point Center, Scarborough as a long-term care patient.
Fernando was born in Petterano Sul Gigio, Italy, and emigrated to the United States in August, 1938, with his mother Filomena, and his younger brother, Fiorello, to join his father, Francesco and his older brother, John in the mill town of Madison, Maine. This move was the result of his father’s dislike of the Fascist state in Italy as well of his fear of the outbreak of war in Europe.
Fernando attended the Madison schools, and started working in a local paper mill after World War 11 broke out. After a stint in the Navy, he resumed working at the Hollingsworth and Whitney paper factory and in the 1950’s moved to Washington,D.C., where he worked as an assistant manager at a drugstore chain. He returned to Maine in the 1960’s and worked in retail sales until his retirement.
Throughout his life in America, Fernando developed a keen interest in a number of hobbies, but his favorite hobby was playing the guitar and composing songs. He left almost a hundred songs ranging in subject from World War 11 to modern times.
He leaves a son, Fred, who lives in Milan, Missouri, a brother, nieces and nephews and great nieces. We shall all miss him.