Vincent A. Franco,
"POP," passed peacefully in his sleep, early Saturday morning, on January 24, 2015, in Rolling Meadows, IL. Vince was hospitalized for nearly two months just prior to his passing. He fought but ultimately lost a courageous battle, succumbing to complications arising out of multiple and serious, acute conditions sustained during his difficult and lengthy hospitalization. He was 93 years old and was the beloved husband of the late Lena M. (Garofalo) Franco, formerly from Mansfield, who predeceased him on November 3, 1994.
Vince was born and raised in Schenectady, NY and later resided, with his family, in Lynnfield Massachusetts, for many years. In 2002, Vince relocated to the northwest suburban Chicago area, where his son, Vincent J. Franco, and Joan L. Kelly, the later in life, love of his life and inseparable partner, both reside.
Born in Schenectady, NY on January 16, 1922, Vince was the loving son of the late Anna (Piscatelli) Franco and Joseph Franco, who both emigrated from Italy as young adults. Vince lived in Schenectady for 44 years before re-locating to Lynnfield, MA.
During WWII, Vince proudly served his country in the United States Navy, aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Boxer, CV21, as an EM2c. On a mission in Japanese occupied waters, Vince was part of a team that was dispatched by harness and a cable stretching between the USS Boxer and an American submarine to perform critical electrical repairs on the sub. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Vince returned to the General Electric Company in Schenectady, where he began his career in 1940, and where he remained until his retirement in 1984, with 44 years of service with GE. Vince held various managerial positions at GE in the manufacturing, service and repair of steam turbine engines.
Vince was a devout parishioner of St. Celicia Church, in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, and always a loving family man. Throughout his life he remained an avid fan and reader of all things Navy with a particular affection for WWII aircraft carriers. Vince’s greatest pleasures in life were the most simple, yet heartfelt ones; family, friends, laughter and sharing a great meal.
Vince always approached life with a great sense of humor and a special kindness of doing for others before himself. His sparkling blue eyes and sweet yet “mischievous” smile were as lovable as they were captivating. He was truly loved and admired by everyone who knew him. Vince was an exceptionally devoted husband to Lena, his wife of 49 years, and for whom he was primary caregiver for the last 36 years of her life, following a debilitating illness she sustained at the young age of forty.
Vince is survived by his two devoted sons, Vincent J. Franco of Rolling Meadows, Illinois and Joseph M. Franco, formerly of San Francisco, now residing, with his wife Linda, in Rolling Meadows. Vince is also survived by two brothers, William Franco of Schenectady, NY and Orlando Franco of Toms River, NJ; his sister, Gloria Scott of Vestal, NY; granddaughter Elizabeth Rolf and three great-grandchildren, Kolton, Keaton and Evalina Rolf, all of Altoona, PA. Vince is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews. Beloved sister, Rose Rocissano of Schenectady, NY, predeceased Vince.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt Street (Rte. 106) in Mansfield on Monday March 9 at 1:00pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Bolea-Amici Funeral Home, 115 N. Main Street, Mansfield, prior to Mass from 10:30am-12:30pm. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Mr. Franco’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or by calling 800-272-3900.
Immediately following interment, the Franco family would like to invite you to join them for a luncheon at the Horse N' Carriage Restaurant, 210 Dedham Street (Junction Rte 1A &115) Norfolk, MA.
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