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FRANK, Thomas Paul Sr., passed away peacefully on January 20, 2013. Born in Richmond, Virginia, on June 18, 1924, Tom was the son of Pompilio and Trisa Franchi, and brother to Frances Aloi. Tom graduated from John Marshall High School in 1942, where his amazing mechanical skills and passion for flight began. He was a proud WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he excelled as a bombardier on B-24s and B-29s. Tom met the love of his life, Mary Anne Reidelbach, in Richmond, Va., and married in 1949. They had a long happy union of 43 years prior to Mary Anne's passing in 1992. Tom and Mary Anne spent many wonderful years in Los Altos Hills where they raised three children, made some very good wine, and Tom had an exemplary 35-year career as a professional flight engineer with Pan American Airlines. He is survived by his daughter, Maria Trull of Morgan Hill, Calif.; and sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Ann Frank of Portland, Oregon, John and Rosie Frank of Moorpark, Calif.; and seven grandchildren, Anne Marie, Thomas, Joseph, David, Michael, Merette and Nicole. He also dearly loved his numerous nieces and nephews and cherished the family time spent in Virginia. Many happy family memories were made during vacations to Italy, Florida, and Lake Tahoe, Calif. In later years, Tom took up residence in Morgan Hill, Calif. He enjoyed spending his time with the Italian Men's Club, playing bingo, working crossword puzzles, watching his grandsons play football and baseball and always taking on cleaning and repair projects for anyone who needed help. Tom has left us but will never be forgotten. A Funeral Mass was held 10 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, Calif.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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Published online on 1/27/2013 courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch.