Boston produce broker dies at 55

04/25/2008 12:00:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier


Anthony Freni

(April 25, 10:53 a.m.) Anthony Freni Jr., who worked more than 35 years in Boston retail sales and produce distribution, was remembered by friends and colleagues in an April 15 service.

Freni, who most recently worked in the terminal sales office buying organic and conventional berries for State Garden Co. Inc., Chelsea, Mass., died April 12 after a long illness. He was 55.

He was a buying broker for Hannaford Bros., Scarborough, Maine, for 26 years, and started his produce career in his teens in a pushcart in the Boston Haymarket produce market. He also worked at his late father’s brokerage, A.J. Freni Brokerage Co., and worked in sales for Hall & Cole Produce Inc., Chelsea, before joining State Garden in 2002.

“It is with deep sadness and with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our good friend, Anthony Freni,” said Mark DeMichaelis, State Garden’s president and chief executive officer. “It was inspiring watching the support he received from his family during his illness over the past year. For six years, Anthony was a deeply respected member of the State Garden family, and he will be sorely missed.”

DeMichaelis said Freni was instrumental in developing State Garden’s terminal market berry program by working closely with Naturipe Farms LLC, Naples, Fla.

Kevin Freni, Anthony Freni’s brother, worked with him at A.J. Freni Brokerage. Kevin Freni later started his own brokerage, J. F. Brokerage Co., at the Boston Market Terminal.

Anthony Freni also is survived by his mother, Camilla “Milly” Freni; a sister; six nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews.

Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Freni’s name to the American Diabetes Association, Box 31160, Hartford, Conn., 06150-1160.



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