There are many ways to measure a mans worth or value to society. In the case of Fran Moscardelli, you need only look at his and Alexas three fine sons. Vincent Moscardelli is a Professor at the University of Connecticut. Richard Moscardelli followed his dads footsteps and chose a career in the manufacture of paper products. Michael Moscardelli became a lawyer affiliated with a prominent firm in Nashville. Richard and Michael are presently operating the successful business their Dad created about a dozen years ago. We must not overlook the fact that Alexa, mother of these three young men, became one of this communitys best educators, teaching 10th grade English with distinction at Lebanon High School for several years before her retirement.
The three Moscardelli sons brought a new aspect into the family as they married Virginia, Jenni, and Katie. Fran lovingly referred to his three beautiful daughters-in-law as The Moscardelli Girls. These three new Moscardelli families soon produced seven grandchildren, three beautiful girls and four energy filled boys. No man ever loved or respected his daughters-in-law more than did Fran. His pride in his grandchildren was evident whenever they were around him.
I believe that Fran Moscardelli was the best man I have ever known. Never have I heard one person speak ill of him. He loved his family and taught his sons that family is important. His sons were known to call both of their grandmothers once each week after they left home for college. This happened because their Dad had taught them that respect for your grandparents is important. You can observe how well they learned by watching how they cared for their Dad during these past months and how they are caring for their mother now. It can also be seen by observing the way these Moscardelli men now care for their own families.
Fran Moscardelli taught all of us some important things. He believed in hard work and often left home long before the sun rose to see that everything was operating properly at the plant in Gordonsville. Fran also believed in enjoying life and having a good time. He taught us by example the value of honor and respect for others. In these recent months Fran also taught us about strength, courage, and dignity as he dealt with his illness.
Our families, including all our children, spent more than thirty New Years Eve nights together with other friends. Eight of us have had dinner together almost every Friday night for the past several years. We bring the newest pictures and stories about our children and grandchildren to share with each other. We have laughed and shared happy times and hugged each other when times were difficult.
Friday nights will now be a little different. Fran may no longer sit at the table with us, but he will certainly remain in our hearts. Things will be different in many aspects of our lives as we learn to adjust to Frans absence. I think that rather than think too much about how things may be different, we will try to concentrate on how much better things are now because he was here.
Editor's note: Eddie Callis is a local businessman and resides in Lebanon.