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Frank Laico

December 19, 1918 ~ April 19, 2013

Frank D. Laico, 94, of Edmonds, WA passed away peacefully on April 19, 2013.

As a recording engineer for Columbia Records from 1946-1982, Frank was responsible for some of the most celebrated artists of his time including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Mitch Miller, Johnny Mathis, Percy Faith Orchestra, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Andy Williams, Barbra Streisand, Rosemary Clooney, and Louis Armstrong. The Audio Engineering Society honored Frank with the prestigious AES Honorary Member award in 2011.

While in the Army, Frank worked on a top secret communications operation run by Bell Labs and earned a Purple Heart. After the Army, he joined Columbia Records and entered the world of recording. He spent countless hours in the studio with some of the greatest musicians of our time, and continued to have a passion for music throughout his life.

Gardening became a passion in his retirement. You name it, Frank grew it and he collected numerous awards over the years to prove it! He also took up bicycling and was thrilled he could outride his two grandchildren.

Frank married Colette in 1943; they recently celebrated 69 yrs together. NY natives, they spent time in NYC and New Jersey before settling in White Plains, NY where they raised their two children. They later moved to Somers, NY to be closer to friends, and made a final move to Edmonds, WA in 2006 to be closer to their daughter. Frank enjoyed the quaint town and could often be found walking along the "main drag" and the waterfront.

He is survived by his wife Colette, his children, Frank (Joan) Laico and Annette Laico and two grandchildren, Stephen Laico and Jennifer (Theran) Colwell.

The family would like to acknowledge Dan Mortensen and the Pacific Northwest Region of the Audio Engineering Society, and Dave Simons whose book "Studio Stories" beautifully captures Frank's remarkable career.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to PAWS at A celebration of his life event will be held Thursday, 4/25 at 7:00 pm at Cristwood Nursing Center, Ray Smith Room., 19303 Fremont Ave. N, Shoreline 98133.

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May 1, 2014
What an unsung hero of the recording industry..Thank you Frank for adding your touch, giving us such beautiful sounds on record. RIP
Steve Owen
April 26, 2013
Aunt Nicki, Annette and Frank,
Ruth and I were saddened to hear of Uncle Franks passing. We know each of you have special memories to help at this difficult time.
Mike and Ruth Laico
April 25, 2013
Nikki, Annette & Frank: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Frank was such a special guy. We loved when he and Nikki visited Grammy & Grampy Angelillo! He was always so warm, kind and gracious. Nikki - the two of you had a classic love and elegance that should all aspire to have! We have many fond memories of times spent with you. May your happy memories sustain you through this difficult time. He is smiling down on you from Heaven. With our condolences and love,
Ann Marie (Leary) Colapietro
April 25, 2013
Aunt Nicki, Annette, Frank Jr.
Uncle Frank was a very, very special man, always our favorite. We will miss him dearly and cherish the memories forever.
John and Nancy Laico
April 24, 2013
Annette and Colette, Frank was a legend! I had no idea and am sorry I didn't know him better. I do know he raised a wonderful daughter who I am so happy to have in my life.

I'm so sorry for your lose.
Arden Clise
April 24, 2013
Niki and Annette and family.Our thoughts are with you.Frank was a wonderful person.Remembering all the fun times we had with him and Niki. You were like second parents to us, he will be missed, love you all.
Jeff & Shirley Riley
April 24, 2013
Frank was a dear man who will be greatly missed. So glad to have met him and could be at Theran and Jenn's wedding. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Laico Family.

Love, Kerrie and Kevin Colwell
April 24, 2013
Here's to a life well lived. Sending love and condolences to the entire Laico family.
Mark Gross
April 24, 2013
Annette and Colette - Our hearts go out to you at this time of loss. We feel so lucky to have spent some time with Frank while he lived in Edmonds. He was an incredibly talented and interesting person. You are in our thoughts - Kay and Bryan Joubert
Kay Joubert
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