LAFAYETTE - Frank D. Negri Sr., 57, of Lafayette, died unexpectedly Friday, April 26, 2013, at Newton Medical Center. Born in Denville, Frank grew up in Dover and had lived many years in Randolph before moving to Lafayette in 1982.
A graduate of the Randolph High School class of 1973, Frank was a hard-working, dedicated restaurateur. He was the owner/operator of the Newton and Wantage Friendly's Restaurants as well as Papa-Ronis Family Restaurant in Sparta. A loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother and family man, Frank enjoyed spending time with his family and especially being a creative cook.
Frank enjoyed traveling, especially to the beaches of Wildwood Crest and the Caribbean. He also enjoyed exercising in the gym, but most of all he thrived on running his restaurants. Frank was pre-deceased by his mother, Marion (Nixon) Negri.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 34 years, Mary Jean (Bartek) Negri; his sons; Frank Jr., Matthew and Brandon, as well as his daughter, Anastasia Marie Negri, all of Lafayette. Also surviving are his father, Anthony Sr., of Orange Park, Fla.; his brothers, Anthony Jr. of Macon, Ga., and Jack of Augusta; his sisters, Diana Rudio of Newton, Mary Atkinson of Jarrettsville, Md., and Eileen Gedicke of Hayes, Va.; as well as his many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Route 206, Branchville. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St. (Route 206), Newton. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to either the
; or the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic research, www.lustgarten.org
. Online condolences may be offered through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com