Frank, age 70, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Born in Bari, Corato, Italy he lived in Allendale for the past 46 years. Frank was Owner and President of Arrow Steel Inc. of Paterson. He was also a real estate entrepreneur who purchased and developed numerous commercial properties in Paterson. Frank was also an avid bowler and gardener but he especially enjoyed his koi pond. Frank will be remembered for his generous but modest nature, great sense of humor and huge heart. Frank is survived by his beloved wife of almost fifty years, Gail, three loving daughters: Rita Ferraro and husband Mario of Ramsey, Lisa Tondo of NY and Gianna Richardson and husband Neil of Upper Saddle River; his six adoring grandchildren: Danielle, Chase, Frankie, Mario, Elliot and Ava. He is also survived by his three brothers, two sisters, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by two brothers and one sister. Friends may visit on Thursday, 4-8 PM at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home (vpfh.com), 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff. Funeral Mass, Friday, 10 AM at St. Lukes R.C. Church, 340 Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus. Entombment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Life Raft Group, 155 Route 46W, Suite 202, Wayne, NJ 07470 (liferaftgroup.org). Life Raft Group is an organization providing support, through information, education, and innovative research to patients with a rare cancer called GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor).
Published in The Record/Herald News on Mar. 6, 2012