CAPTAIN FRANK MERLO, CD Passed away in Toronto on July 6, 2010, beloved son of Angelica Merlo. Predeceased by his father Vito. Cherished brother of Angela (Donato) Tocci and Josie (Lucio) Nespolo. Loving uncle to Kristin, Jennifer, David, Stephanie and doting great-uncle to Sarina. Frank was born in Sicily, Italy and arrived in Canada at 22 months. His love for music was evident at a very young age. It is not surprising that he became a vocal music teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board where he had a long musical career, engaging thousands of children in various performances. Frank was extremely creative, dedicated and resourceful as well as being instrumental in promoting the talents of his students. Frank joined the Canadian Forces as a bandsman in February 1976. He transferred to the Governor General's Horse Guards in 1979 where he served first as a non-commissioned member achieving the rank of Master Warrant Officer in 1994 and then commissioning to Captain in 1995 as the Director of Music. Frank was awarded the Canadian Forces decoration in February of 1988 with clasps in 1998 and 2008. Frank joined the Knights Hospitallers of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem in July 2001. In 2009, he was inducted into the Order of St. George. The void that will be felt by his absence can only be reconciled by recalling the many happy shared memories. Visitation will be at the Bernardo Funeral Homes (2960 Dufferin St., south of Lawrence Ave.) on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Fidelis Catholic Church (33 Connie St. - off Rustic Rd., east of Keele St.). Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Mausoleum (4570 Yonge St., north of Highway 401 - entrance of Franklin Ave.). In lieu of flowers, a donation in Frank's memory may be made to the Governor General's Horse Guards.
Published in Toronto Star from Jul. 9 to Jul. 10, 2010.