Francis A. Pantuosco
Francis A. Pantuosco, 64, of New Hartford, CT, husband and best friend of Robin (Stevens) for 38 years, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021, after a long illness.
Born and raised in Springfield, son of Antoinette “Babe” Pantuosco of Agawam and the late Louis J. Pantuosco, Franny graduated from Cathedral High School in 1975 having made a group of life-long friends.
Franny went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Babson College in 1979, majoring in accounting. But the real focus at Babson was soccer.
Franny was a key member of Babson’s 1975 NCAA National Championship team; he was a two time All-American; was named All-New England three straight years; and a New England All-Star three times. After being voted co-MVP as a junior by his teammates, Franny was elected co-captain his senior year alongside his dear friend Donnie Lake. As a senior, Franny was voted team MVP; won the Babson College Senior Athlete of the Year award; was selected for the Senior Soccer Bowl Classic; earned a nomination (out of only ten nominees) for the Hermann Trophy given to the top collegiate soccer player in the country; and was named as one of the Top Ten College Players of the Year by Soccer America. He was selected by the New England Tea Men in the 1979 NASL draft. Franny was inducted into the Babson College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.
Not surprisingly, Franny made another group of life-long friends at Babson, including Robin. He was a kind, humble leader with a quiet strength and a sneaky sense of humor.
Franny’s career in Large Case Pensions at Aetna spanned over 31 years until his retirement in 2013. He earned his MBA from UConn in 1990, studying at night while working at Aetna.
His greatest joy after moving to New Hartford was coaching youth soccer alongside his compadre, Joe Douaihy. For 23 years they brought their good cop/bad cop dynamic to dozens of teams across multiple generations of kids in New Hartford and Burlington. Joe’s friendship meant the world to Franny.
Aside from coaching soccer with Joe, there was nothing Franny enjoyed more than walking his beagle, Rooney, around the neighborhood.
An avid Boston sports fan, Franny tried to watch every game he could of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and unfortunately, the Green Bay Packers (which is a head scratcher and source of dissent between he and his sons, Jesse and Luke, who correctly chose to be Patriots fans).
Besides his loving wife Robin and amazing mom Babe, Franny leaves his two wonderful sons: Jesse Pantuosco of Philadelphia, PA; and Luke Pantuosco of West Hartford, CT. He leaves his cherished sisters and brothers: Barbara of Agawam; Joseph (Pat) of Longmeadow; LouAnne Tremblay (Mark Clefe) of Flowery Branch, GA; Michael (Luci) of Ellington, CT; John (Shelly) of Somers, CT; and Dr. Louis (Sherri) of York, SC. Franny also leaves his mother-in-law, Sue Stevens of Avon, CT; brother-in-law, Scott Stevens (Anna) of Avon, CT; 15 nieces and nephews and 10 grand-nieces and nephews. He loved you all!
Robin, Jesse, and Luke would like to thank all of Franny’s devoted friends who never forgot him during his long illness and the compassionate staff at The Residence at Brookside and McLean Hospice … Franny was a doozy, but you all adored him and made him laugh!
There will be a celebration of a life well-lived, outdoors, next spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Franny’s memory may be made to The Sinclair Lab, c/o Harvard Medical School or Babson College Soccer. For condolences please visit
Published by The Republican from Sep. 24 to Sep. 26, 2021.
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The Pantuosco name is legendary at Babson College. Everything Fran did improved the lives of his teammates and classmates. Personally, I remember a smile that lit up the world. The Babson community mourns that loss of a special member and celebrates the life of a wonderful alum.
Steve Spinelli
October 8, 2021
Even though I didn´t know Fran he not only excelled on the soccer field but in life My condolences
William Mallett
October 2, 2021
We are so sad of the passing of our cousin. Our special memories of him are just always so nice he was a special person with so many talents not only gifted in sports but making everyone feel so special. Our prayers to the whole family through this sad journey love to all
Joann Landers
September 30, 2021
Joe & family, We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.. Your brother definitely left an impression on those who knew him. What a beautiful tribute to a special man. Fran accomplished so much in his lifetime. (Our condolences also to his family members and friends......)
Jim and Celeste Chenier.
September 30, 2021
I worked in the same department as Fran at Aetna. I didn't work directly with him, but when we did communicate, I found him to be kind, helpful, thoughtful, and someone who actually listened and took an interest in others. All very rare and special qualities to posses. My sincere condolences to Fran's family.
Cherie Ramsey
September 28, 2021
So sorry to hear this news. I worked with Fran for many years and our conversations would often revolve around my kid's soccer teams, or the soccer camps and not once did he ever bring up all the success he had on the field. I saw the word humble in the obituary and this is a clear example of that trait. I send my deepest sympathy to the entire Pantuosco family. On 10/19 I travel to Babson to watch my son's soccer team play and will think of Fran for sure. Rest in Peace Fran.
Tim Jamieson
September 28, 2021
My condolences to the entire Pantuosco family. I worked with Fran for a number of years at Aetna. He was a great boss and a friend to all. His memory will live on in the hearts of everyone that was lucky enough to know him....... RIP Fran
Dot Lafo
September 28, 2021
Barbara, My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your brother. I am thinking about you and sending love.
Deb Haberern
September 27, 2021
Dear Joe and Family: I was saddened to see the picture of your brother Francis passing away so young. God Bless his family.
Cynthia Starzyk
September 27, 2021
He was my favorite boss and became a good friend. I am so sorry for your loss.
Laura Okula
September 26, 2021
My condolences to the Pantuosco family and to all who knew Fran. Without a doubt, to know Fran was to admire his professionalism, sincerity and overall demeanor -- a class act. I remember Fran's comfort and knack for comedy when addressing a crowd at a work-related event, of which he was often called upon for good reason. My deepest sympathies.
Stacey Schreiber
September 26, 2021
Franny didn´t move too fast or say to much until you got him between the lines. Just a fearless competitor. Great friend and teammate. Plus he was attached to the Pantuosco gang that meant we always had enough guys for pickup games at Marshall Roy or pick up hoops at St Mary´s on Saturday. Our condolences to a great family. RIP Franny
Mike Littlejohn
September 26, 2021
From the Beaulac family to the entire Pantuosco family. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Fran. Please draw strength from each other during this difficult time and know that you are each in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Fran....
The Beaulac Family
September 26, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the entire Pantuosco family. Fran was excellence personified in all that he did. Friendships from our days at Cathedral class of `75 are always treasured and to lose another too young is a heartbreak. May he Rest In Peace and may God Bless his family always.
Charlie and Sue Alvanos
September 25, 2021
Please accept our most sincere condolences. Hoping the support of family and friends will bring you strength during this difficult time. Thinking of you all.
Jeff & Linda Seeley
September 25, 2021
John and family- I am sorry to hear of Fran's passing. Our sincere condolences.
Anthony E Gagnon
September 25, 2021
Sympathy and Condolences... Fran was a great person... He had a gift and talent for positively helping alot of people no matter whether it was something involving sports, education, business, etc. Rest in Peace..It was a privilege and honor to have spent the number of hours that I did with him in my lifetime...
T. Stelzer
September 25, 2021
Babe and Barbara My thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss
Donna Kosinski
September 25, 2021
God Bless this great Athlete from East Springfield. You carried your family mantle well ! You are entitled to great respect for what you accomplished.
Tom Dunn
September 24, 2021
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