Frederick A. Siino, 88, of Bristol passed away on Jan. 13, 2013 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. He was the retired Associate Director of the Rhode Island Health Department and proudly served in the US Army during World War II. There, as a 20-year-old Staff Sargent, he fought bravely for his country in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was honored with the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He also received the Purple Heart for being wounded in action.
He attained a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Connecticut, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts program in Food Technology. During his distinguished career, he was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Harvey W. Wiley Award, for which he was nationally recognized by the Association of Food and Drug Officials. He was an acknowledged expert in his field, serving as a consultant and on many occasions the public voice of the Rhode Island Health Department. He also served on the Board of Directors for both the Association of Food and Drug Officials (National) and the New England Food and Drug Officials Association. His work appeared in many professional publications and journals.
He was the devoted husband of Maureen C. (Egan) Siino. Born in Meriden, CT, he was the son of the late Francesco Siino and Giuseppa (Zanghi) Siino, and the brother of Connie (Siino) Bianconi, Marie (Siino) Cessario, and the late Anna (Siino) Przywara. Besides his wife, he is survived by his six caring children: Katherine M. Siino of Wethersfield, CT, Michael F. Siino and his wife Carole J. (Doyle) Siino of Bristol, Frederick J. Siino of Providence, Gerard A. Siino and his wife Jessica E. Roseman of Dover, MA, Maria T. (Siino) Wadlinger and her husband Joseph J. Wadlinger of Medway, MA, and Anne E. (Siino) Carvalho and her husband Antonio Carvalho of Venice, FL. He is also survived by his seventeen loving grandchildren and one great grand son.
Calling hours Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, from 4 to 8 pm at the Wilbur-Romano Funeral Home at 615 Main Street in Warren, RI. A Funeral will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at 9 am from Wilbur-Romano Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 141 State Street in Bristol at 10 am. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 550 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bristol Rescue Squad, PO Box 775, Bristol, RI 02809 or Visiting Nurses Services of Newport & Bristol Counties, 1184 E. Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.