Francis “Frank” J. Champitto, 90, died Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Heritage Healthcare Nursing Home in Jasper, Ga., surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Troy, the son of John and Laura Bell Champitto.
Frank went to Troy schools, was a graduate of La Salle Institute in Troy, Class of 1942, and attended Siena College. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater and was a participant in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Frank worked in the family business, Champ’s Food and Equipment, in the Lansingburgh section of Troy for several years before working as a Senior Auditor for the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance for more than 20 years.
He retired in 1984 and moved to North Port, Fla., where he pursued his passion for golf and dancing with his lovely wife. Mr. Champitto was a former communicant of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill, member of the Wynantskill American Legion 1489 and the Troy Lodge of Elks 141 and was a member of both the Golf League and the Dart League.
He is survived by his sons, Tom (Lynne) Champitto of Columbia, Md., Frank (Dottie) Champitto of Caroga Lake, N.Y., Ray (Suzie) Champitto of Jasper, Bill (Michelle) Champitto of Winthrop, Mass., and John Champitto of North Greenbush; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his sister, Lauretta Busone of North Port; and several nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his sisters, Genevieve Lupretta, Beatrice Manning, Mary Decetise and infant Nancy Champitto; his brothers, Felix, John and Nick Champitto; and his beloved wife, Agnes Curran Champitto.
Calling hours will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the funeral home Thomas S. Connolly Funeral Home, 294 Whiteview Rd., Wynantskill, NY 12198. The funeral will be at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Wynantskill by the Rev. Anthony Ligato, pastor. Donations to the St. Jude the Apostle Church Memorial Fund, 43 Brookside Ave., Wynantskill, NY 12198 in memory of Frank would be appreciated. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to either the “Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund” or “Honor Flight Network.”