A Memorial By Laura LeGant
Alfred (Fred) Gliottone, Jr. Fred passed away on Friday, April 25th. He had recently been going through a difficult time, but things looked promising and poised to resolve on a positive note, which makes his death all the harder to accept.
That said, now is the time to reflect on how Fred lived his life and what he meant to us. Many of you knew him through his love of dance, especially East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. He quickly decided to parlay his passion into business and established Swing Newport in the spring of 1998. Given Fred's gift for gab, outgoing personality, and natural teaching abilities, he was able to build his classes into a thriving, hotbed of dance enthusiasts within months of opening his doors.
He was a traveling salesman in Newport by day and drew students from all walks of life by night. He hosted dances with live bands for several years, before switching over to DJ'ing his own dances which eventually came to reside at the Portuguese American Club in Jamestown. Fred was known for being accommodating to requests and playing a broad spectrum of quality music. His music was never stuffy or predictable. His father (Alfred Sr.) is a music enthusiast who recorded many of the old standards Fred played at his dances. Fred's contribution to the Rhode Island dance scene will be missed.
In addition, Fred was a valued 'Lead' who could always be counted on for inventive, challenging moves. At times, he was practically a fixture at The Call where I'm sure his spirit will linger on. He also loved going to Swing City in Massachusetts and dancing at full throttle all night long.
Outside of the dance scene Fred's passions were cooking (he was a Johnson & Wales graduate and cooked professionally for a number of years), spending long days seaside (he loved to boogey board, clam, sunbathe, beach comb), hiking, attending the theatre, movies and reading. He was a philosopher at heart and enjoyed analyzing life and mulling things over with family and friends. Some of you knew Fred had purchased a home a few years ago and that he worked tirelessly on fixing it up. His neighbors were impressed by what he had accomplished in such a short period of time. But, Fred had the energy of 10 men, so he made it look easy. He was a giving friend and always had the makings (and talent) to whip up a bountiful meal for anyone passing through.
Fred came from a large Italian family. He had a daughter he adored as well as his father, sister, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. (His mother and oldest sister preceded him in death.) Fred was the life of family gatherings and will be sadly missed.
Let our hearts hold pictures of Fred at his happiest. Anyone who saw him cutting up the dance floor in his red Zoot suit doesn't have far to look. He had a ready laugh and a twinkle in his eye. He contributed to many good times that we will always cherish.
Thanks for the memories, Fred!
Fred & Laura in Vermont October 1999
Born November 30, 1948
Died April 25,2003
Providence Journal pg C5
Wednesday, April 30, 2003 Alfred Gliottone, Jr, 54, of Ivanhoe Street [Cranston], a dance instructor and an employee of Labor USA, died Friday at the Intake Center of the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Born in Providence, a son of Alfred Gliottone of Richmond and the late Madeline (Visconti) Gliottone, he had lived in Cranston for many years. He was a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.
Mr Gliottone was the owner of Swing Newport, where he worked as a dance producer and teacher. He was an employee of Labor USA, the labor broker.
He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr Gliottone had been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 18 years.
Besides his father, he leaves a daughter, Felicia Gliottone of Radford Va; a brother, Gerald A.Gliottone of North Kingstown; a sister, Janet M. Hartman of Warwick, and his dear friend and dance partner, Laura LeGant. A sister, Dorothy Vermette, proceeded him in death.
The funeral was held Friday May 2nd 2003 at 845am from the Butterfield Chapel,500 Pontiac Ave with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Matthew Church. Burial followed at St.Francis Cemetary, Pawtucket.