ACCAVALLO Cpl. Francis P., officer and gentleman, of River Vale, formerly of Ridgefield Park, left this life on March 7, 2011 at the grand age of 87. He is lovingly remembered with a tear and a giggle by daughter Karen Accavallo. Also loved and missed by his niece Roseanne Clark, nephews Anthony A., Anthony Jr., Vince, Dennis, and Ken Accavallo, David and Alfred Tiezzi, great-nephew Michael Clark, and great-nephews and nieces galore. Francis is also remembered today and always by many, many good friends across the country and great neighbors just next door. The great ruckus you may hear is Francis being welcomed into Heaven with open arms by his wife and best friend Joan, who predeceased him in 2009. The great shouting continues by his parents, Antoinette and Anthony Accavallo, his beloved brothers Nicholas, Tony, and Kenny Accavallo, his dear sisters Carmela Accavallo and Mary Tiezzi, who we are fairly sure is arguing with him right now. Francis served his country proudly in WWII in the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns as a member of the 45th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop. A great joy was attending the 45th reunions with Joan, and he was glad to have reconnected with good friends. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received on Anzio Beach. After the war, he tried his hands at several jobs before landing at Peoples' Trust/United Jersey Bank where he worked for 26 years. He retired in 1989 and remained famous for his spaghetti sauce, Easter pies, and onion pizzas to name a few. He was a former parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ridgefield Park, and for the past 40 years was a parishioner of Our Lady of Victories Church in Harrington Park, where for several of those years he was a fixture at the 7:30 AM Mass. He was a life member and Past Commander of the Ford-Nelson-O'Sullivan VFW Post, and life member and Past Commander of the Northern Valley Chapter of the DAV. The family will receive their friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 4-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, 10 AM at Our Lady of Victories Church in Harrington Park. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery, Hackensack, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Francis's name to the Wounded Warrior Project,PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS, 66675-8516 or woundedwarriorproject.org would be appreciated.
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Published in The Record/Herald News on Mar. 9, 2011