Frederick C. “Freddy” McArdle, age 76, a Holyoke native and longtime resident of Falmouth, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2023 after a short illness. He was born in Holyoke, a son of the late John F. and Katherine (Winters) McArdle and was a 1964 graduate of Holyoke High School. Freddy served in the Merchant Marines and was also a United States Coast Guard Veteran. He lived on Cape Cod for the last 50 years, and worked as a Steward for nearly 40 years for the Steamship Authority at Woods Hole and Hyannis, retiring in 2010.
Freddy enjoyed the peace and solitude of the Cape, and he loved the Boston Red Sox, the Patriots and all things history related. He could answer every Jeopardy question correctly! He was a kind and dedicated Uncle to his nieces and nephews; he was a second father to many of us, and we will miss his sardonic humor and silly uncle jokes. He never missed a Spaghetti Supper at Mater Dolorosa School, and he cherished his friendships with his lifelong friends.
Freddy was the best little brother a family could have asked for. He is survived by four sisters, Louise Clemens, Mary Balk (Samuel), Constance Rodrigue, and Laura Eckstein (Rick). Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Philip McArdle and his wife Sharyn and Deacon Paul McArdle, and his beloved sister, Nancy Ferriter. He was adored by his nieces and nephews: Matthew McArdle, Laura, Madeline, Tom and Michael Ferriter, Jane and Stephen Rodrigue, David and Jeff Clemens and Connie Clemens Murphy, Karen Eckstein Mashburn, Sarah Balk Ostrie, John McArdle, Maria McArdle Rodriguez, Patrice McArdle Resendez and Paula McArdle Burrows.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 4th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 12:00 p.m., at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street. Burial will follow in Saint Jerome Cemetery, both in Holyoke. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Freddy to Project-13, Attention: Harper’s Haven, 1913 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040, to further develop the playground built at Community Field in memory of Freddy's great niece, Harper Violet Brewer.
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