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Frank DiTullio

1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Frank DiTullio

Cranford - On January 10, 2018, Frank died in his home surrounded by the family he loved and who will love him for eternity.

Lifelong Cranford resident, Frank DiTullio was born in 1933 and raised on the family farm off Bloomingdale Ave. He was an avid athlete and played baseball and basketball for Cranford High School. After joining the Coast Guard and serving on the Eagle, Frank attended University of Miami and was instrumental in establishing Ft Lauderdale as a go to location for college spring break. Frank married Greta Rasmussen and upon returning to Cranford became a teacher at Walnut Ave School, ran the Cranford Hotel and had four children. Frank took great pride in his innovations and creative management of the restaurant and the Hotel became a legendary location with Frank's name often associated with great restauranteurs of the era. As a socially conscience member of the town, he fought and won for the public swimming pool on Orange Ave. and was active in Cranford politics. After purchasing a corner building on Walnut and South, he became a lifelong enthusiast for urban renewal. After divorcing, he remarried and focused his efforts on his restaurant in Point Pleasant Beach, The Off Shore Inn. Together, he and his wife raised a second son. Frank remained at the helm of his restaurant until the day he passed.

Frank's joie de vivre was unparalleled. He has sailed the world, golfed enviable courses, skied world class mountains, attended Super Bowls and World Cups, traveled throughout Europe and dined in magnificent locations, played darts internationally and cigarette boat raced with Rocky Aoki of Benihana fame. His exuberance for life could only be matched by his largesse. Big of heart, Frank would not only benefit numerous charities, he would give those in need major appliances. Despite his ceaseless reach for great things life has to offer, Frank always stayed true to his humble Italian roots and would often wax nostalgic in remembrance of his grandfather's homemade wine or working the family farm on Bloomingdale Avenue. Outside of his family, the restauranteur's greatest pleasure was to dialogue long into the night with people he met in his establishments.

Frank is survived by his tenderhearted wife, Caroline, loving sister, Betty Koch and five adoring children and their spouses Kim and Jeff Lawlor of Manasquan, NJ, Kirstin DiTullio and Paul O'Connor of Westfield, NJ, Karin DiTullio of Indian Lake, NY, and Marathon, FL, Frank and Tia DiTullio III of Pt Pleasant, NJ and Nathanael Greene of Brooklyn, NY . He took never-ending pride in the achievements of his ten grandchildren: Jesse, Colin and Griffin Embry, Madelin O'Connor, Zack and Hunter Jakupko, Tamra Lawlor, Tommy, Anne and Danny DiTullio.

In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to Cranford First Aid Squad.

Memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church 119 Forest Avenue. Cranford, NJ at 11:00 on Monday, January 15, 2018.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 12, 2018
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