Francis V. Balboni

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Old Lyme - Francis V. Balboni, 92, longtime resident of Old Lyme, died peacefully at his home in Woodbridge, Va., where he had moved to be closer to family.

Frank, as he was affectionately known, was born in Wellesley, Mass., in 1921. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific, after which he attended the Rhode Island School of Design to pursue his love of art. He was an art teacher in several southeastern Connecticut schools until he settled into his long term position as art teacher at East Lyme High School.

Frank and his wife, Trudy, made their home in Old Lyme, where they raised their family and both were active in many organizations. Frank, in particular, enjoyed being part of the Lions Club, the VFW, the Old Lyme Grange, and the Old Lyme Estuary Council of Seniors, as well as being an active member of Christ the King Church.

Frank's passion for the arts expressed itself through his many paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery pieces, and photos, and he often showed his art and taught at summer camps and private classes. In addition to art, Frank's other interests included bowling and crossword puzzles. His favorite, a passion for gardening, led him to obtain another degree in horticulture after his retirement from teaching, and he became an amateur horticulturalist.

An avid learner, reader, and collector, Frank amassed books, plants, and artifacts from all over the world. He never lost his curiosity and embraced his recent move to Virginia by immersing himself in their local history and natural environment.

Frank was predeceased by his wife, Trudy, and is survived by his sister, Louise Balboni Campana of Henniker, N.H.; his son, Curtis Balboni and wife, Jacqueline, of Harlow, England; daughter, Gretchen Balboni Bonanno and husband, Peter, of Manassas, Va.; and grandchildren, Sophie Balboni of England and Kathryn and Thomas Bonanno of Virginia; as well as many nieces and nephews; extended family members, and a great many friends, all of them beloved.

A memorial for Frank is planned at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371, followed by a reception for all family and friends who wish to attend, visit, and reminisce.

Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, Old Lyme, is handling the arrangements.
Published in The Day on Aug. 8, 2014
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