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Fred Ciampa, Owner of Jamaica Plain Institution Same Old Place, 69

Ciampa died suddenly on Sunday night, his family told the Gazette. His family opened their iconic pizza parlor in 1977.

Fred Ciampa, known to generations of JP residents as the gregarious proprietor of , died Sunday night, his family told the Gazette. He was 69.

The family will receive visitors at the , 126 Walpole St. (Route 1A) in Norwood on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., according to the Boston Globe. Ciampa's funeral service will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at St. Dennis Church, 157 Washington St., Westwood.

Ciampa's pizza parlor, founded in the 1970s, has become known one of Boston's best places for New York-style pizza.

The community in November 2010 when a gang feud erupted into a knife and gun fight inside the restaurant. The incident left three men dead and a passerby wounded. Residents — and kept coming in for the restaurant's pizza and subs.

Chris Helms (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM
My main memory of Mr. Ciampa is sitting down for a cup of coffee with him after the gang incident in November 2010. Most of what he said had to be off the record, because of the investigation. But what really came across was his deep feeling for the well-being of employees and customers who were in the store that night. My wife never met him in person but I like what she had to say this morning: "I'm a fan of his work."
Regina.ballerina@hotmail.com ciampa July 24, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Fred did many, many wonderful things for the Jamaica Plain community, including generous donations to The Nuns of Poor St. Clare, The Italian Home for little wonderers, The MSPCA, and many local softball teams and neighborhood public schools. Our community has lost a great man.......
Esther Kaplan July 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Indeed, Fred was very generous to the Jamaica Plain community. Over two decades, he donated endless boxes of pizza for summer camps and after-school youth programs that I ran and didn't really want public credit for it. He was personally supportive to people trying to do good for the community. He was a constant and caring presence. Thanks Fred.
patty July 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I have been going to Same Old Place since it opened. I think it is the best pizza in town. Fred was always a kind and thoughtful host. My son grew up playing baseball in the Regan League and spent many a happy time eating pizza after a game. He now lives in Amherst and never fails to stop by Same Old Pizza when he is home. Fred will be missed.
Rich P July 25, 2012 at 02:34 PM
My deepest condolences to the Ciampa family with prayers for Fred's peaceful rest.
ra camp July 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM
1974-78 SOP was my summer employment. I never "graduated" to the pizza making level, but loved working there with folks like Eddie and Arthur. Those two made the best pizzas of the time. My generation would always stop in after a full day at the skating rink on cold, wintery Saturday late afternoons. Walking to the rink, back and forth saved us .20¢ and with another .25¢ we would get a slice of cheese and a hot chocolate. We would spend hours in the bank just having some of the best times of our youth. Fred or one of the mire senior pizza makers always seemed to make "mistakes" which we then had to eat! Really great times. RIP Fred and prayers to your family.

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