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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC

OBITUARY

Sylvester Fabrizio

February 29, 1912September 5, 2019
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Sylvester Fabrizio, age 107, of Cary, NC, passed away Thursday, September 5th at his home.

He was born on February 29, 1912 in Naples Italy, to the late Filomeno and Rosa Fabrizio.

In addition to his parents, Sylvester was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Frances; a son, James; grandchildren, Sylvester Fabrizio, and Roseanne Gauthier; a great-grandchild, Baby Philip Peranzo; and son-in-law, Paul Gauthier.

He is survived by his children, Philip and wife Titti, Rosemarie Gauthier, Joseph and wife Kathy, William and wife Lynda, Frank and wife Marylou, and Louise Peranzo and husband Philip; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, NC 27511. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 12:00pm at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary, with entombment to follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Sylvester’s long life can be attributed to his fondness for long walks, healthy eating, a happy attitude, and his love for figs & his family.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service to Follow Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Harmony Skillman

September 13, 2019

To say he is gone, but never forgotten is such an understatement.

To say he leaves behind a legacy, is a severe understatement.

In his 107 years, the things he saw, the people he touched, the massive family {of crazies 😘} he created... where do I begin?

Over the years, friends would always ask me - "whats the secret to his longevity?"

well, friends, no big secret here. Maybe we have some good genes, but two things grandpa always valued will stay with me forever - I pass that on to you.

No matter what, he never skimped on the quality of his food. He embodied the "clean eating" movement by always having the best of the best on his plate. He always ate home cooked meals, and never own a microwave.

I remember as a kid, on a trip to Atlantic City, he and my grandmother arriving with a cooler full of food.

Why eat in a restaurant when the food they purchased and prepared was probably so much better?

Grandpa also exercised everyday. Up until his late 90s or early 100s, he walked miles everyday. He rode an exercise bike and owned a treadmill for when he was stuck indoors.

He also started each day with a shot of cognac... I'd like to think that what's gonna get us all to 107!

I remember taking this picture (my profile pic) from about 3 years ago, like it was yesterday. Seeing himself on the phone screen made him laugh as I took the photo. I don't think he looked in the mirror much, but an iphone selfie was a crazy reminder that he was born in 1912.

The innovations he lived to see in his lifetime are mind blowing.

I have so many great Grandpa memories I can't share them all - he was a tough man with a big heart. As kids we were equally petrified and in awe of him!

Over the past few years, our visits, especially him seeing the children brought him so much joy.

As did watching women's tennis on tv...

When we visited a few weeks ago, it was hard to see him in such bad shape. He has bounced back from so many illnesses in recent years, it was hard to truly accept t

Anthony Fabrizio

September 13, 2019

Anthony Fabrizio

September 13, 2019

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