Paro, Franklin L.
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Franklin L. Paro, 89, of McGraw, NY passed away on Monday, April 29, 2013. He was born on November 26, 1923 in Cranberry Lake, NY to Ezeb and Lissie Paro. He was one of eleven children. He heroically served in WWII from January 1943 to November 1945 in the 803rd Battalion "Tank Destroyer Unit" and was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars along with other medals for his valor and courageous service. He vividly recalled the trip across the Atlantic Ocean on the famous luxury ship, The Queen Mary, which was converted to a troop transporter carrying approximately 15,000 troops. Frank was employed for several years with Armstrong Ford, Brockway Motor Trucks and the last 12 years with the McGraw School Bus Garage. He was a "die-hard" auto mechanic who could fix and make anything run. He enjoyed hunting, antique automobiles and putting jig saw puzzles together. Surviving are two children Wayne (Diane) Paro of Binghamton, NY and Francine (Robert) Mudge of Groton, NY; grandchildren Matthew and Kimberly Mudge and Adam and Shannon Paro whom he loved very much; four brothers Keith, Darwin, Harley and Perry Paro; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be dearly missed by all. He was predeceased by two wives, Betty (Petrie) Paro married 48 years and Mary (Hartnett) Paro married 12 years. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 3 at the Wright Beard Funeral Home on 9 Lincoln Ave. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 4 with interment at the Glenwood Cemetery in Homer. Should one wish to remember Franklin with a donation, please consider the Cortland SPCA, 879 McLean Road, Cortland, NY 13045. To offer online condolences, visit www.wright-beard.com.
Wright-Beard Funeral Home
9 Lincoln Avenue Cortland, NY 13045
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on May 1, 2013