He was born at Springfield Hospital and grew up in Agawam, MA the son of John and Adeline (Yamin) Calabrese. He attended Agawam High School where he was a proud member of the 1951 Championship Peanut Bowl football team. Upon the early passing of his father, he left school and took full responsibilities running the family pig farm and supporting his mother and 3 younger siblings along with serving in the National Guard Armed Forces. He then went on to work in various heavy equipment and construction jobs then going on to join the Agawam Fire Department, serving for the next 40 years in positions of line service fire fighter, lieutenant, drill instructor, fire inspector and past president of the Agawam Firefighter’s Association. He additionally served as an Agawam Auxiliary police officer, elected board member and past president of the Massachusetts Association of Fire Inspectors. In retirement he worked for the Eastern States Exposition security department and managed his hardwood tree farm over 30 years. Lou leaves his loving wife of 64 years, Carolyn (Fogg) Calabrese, his sons; Joseph Calabrese and his wife Ann of West Springfield and Louis Calabrese and his wife Sandra also of West Springfield, his daughter Amy (Calabrese) Mendrala and her husband Michael of Feeding Hills., his 5 grandchildren; Kristen, Bethany, Chelsea, Hayden and Harrison, his 3 great grandchildren; Enzo, Marco and Vincent, his sister Joanne Jensen, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Walter and Beverly Fogg and Jim and Gerry Fogg, along with numerous nieces and nephews and other beloved family members and lifelong friend John Morassi from Agawam. Lou was predeceased by his brother John E. Calabrese, his sister Adeline “Pinky” Hauff, his granddaughter Lisa M. Calabrese and his brother-in-law Philip Jensen. Funeral Services will be held WEDS 11 AM at TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield St., W. Springfield. Burial will follow in Springfield St. Cemetery in Feeding Hills. Calling Hours will be held TUESDAY from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Louis’s name may be made to Lisa’s Light of Hope, P.O. Box 72, Feeding Hills, MA 01030 or to the Agawam Fire Department, 800 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001. The family would to especially thank all of his care providers for the comfort they provided him over these few days and weeks.
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