A graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. Friday for Fred Specchio, who died Sept. 5, 2007, in Mesa, Ariz. He was 94.
Specchio was born to Michael and Elizabeth (Dellipaoli) Specchio on July 8, 1913, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the oldest of 17 children. Specchio lived in New York and operated the independent Ice and Coal Company, Huntington Packard automobile dealership and other businesses through the 1930s and 1940s. He then entered the food and beverage trade. Fred owned the Colonial Tavern in Huntington and the Colonial House, which was a famous lobster house and restaurant in Huntington Station, N.Y., until he moved his family to Lake Tahoe in 1957.
Specchio worked for Harrah’s Club as beverage manager from October 1957 until his retirement in 1977. He often said that the best years of his life were his years at Harrah’s, where he loved many of his employees. He spent his retirement years healthy and traveling extensively throughout Europe, Mexico and Central America.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille; his sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Patti Specchio of Reno, Nev.; Richard and Nancy Specchio of South Lake Tahoe; and his granddaughter, Lisa Specchio of Del Norte County, Calif.
The graveside service will be at the Genoa Cemetery in Genoa, Nev. Arrangements by FitzHenry’s Funeral Home & Crematory. For information, call Nancy Specchio (530) 544-0221.