In memory of
Frank Di Fabio
In memory of
Frank Di Fabio
Frank Di Fabio Served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War Frank Gustavo Di Fabio, 95, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully on October 9, 2020 at home with his beloved sister, Gloria Di Fabio, by his side. Frank was born on July 23, 1925 in Roio del Sangro, Abruzzo, Italy, to Joseph and Maria (Carvoso) Di Fabio. The family immigrated to the United States when Frank was 6 months old, and found their way to Cranford, NJ, where an extended family resided that had settled there in the late 1890s from Monteferrante, Abruzzo, Italy. Frank attended Cranford High School and during his senior year in 1943 was inducted into the U.S. Navy during World War II. Frank served as a Seaman First Class during the war from 1943 to 1946 aboard the USS Osmus and the USS New Mexico. Frank received various medals, including the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal and the Victory Medal, for his service to the great country of the United States of America, he was proud to call home. In 1950, Frank was called back from inactive duty to serve in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Macon during the Korean War until 1952. Frank was also a lifetime member of the VFW. After his tours of duty, Frank was employed at International Harvester as a manager in the parts department until retirement in 1985. Frank was a man of many talents and interests. He obtained his pilot's license and became an avid hang glider. Frank also learn the art of furniture making and would spend endless hours in his garage making quality pieces of furniture that mostly were for his home. Frank had the machinery and tools to create intricate and detailed furniture pieces that rivaled the high-end furniture makers of the day. When Frank was a young boy, Frank's father would play opera on the radio and Frank fell in love with it. For many years he would attend the opera at the Metropolitan Opera House as well as listen to it at home. Frank was known for his quiet demeanor and sense of humor. One of his favorite quips he loved to say was "When I was young I had flash and no cash and now that I'm old I have cash and no flash.". Frank is survived by his sister, Gloria Di Fabio, and many loving cousins. A special thank you to the family, for helping with Frank's care these past few years and a thank you to his caretakers, Valentina and Luba. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Ave. W., Cranford, NJ 07016. Mass will be celebrated at St. Michaels Church, 40 Alden St., Cranford, NJ 07016 at 10 a.m. on Friday Oct. 16, 2020, Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, 1100 East Broad St., Westfield NJ 07090.
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Frank Di Fabio
Frank Di Fabio Served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War Frank Gustavo Di Fabio, 95, of Cranford, NJ, passed away peacefully on October 9, 2020 at home with his beloved sister, Gloria Di Fabio, by his side. Frank was born on July 23, 1925 in Roio del Sangro, Abruzzo, Italy, to Joseph and Maria (Carvoso) Di Fabio. The family immigrated to the United States when Frank was 6 months old, and found their way to Cranford, NJ, where an extended family resided that had settled there in the late 1890s from Monteferrante, Abruzzo, Italy. Frank attended Cranford High School and during his senior year in 1943 was inducted into the U.S. Navy during World War II. Frank served as a Seaman First Class during the war from 1943 to 1946 aboard the USS Osmus and the USS New Mexico. Frank received various medals, including the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal and the Victory Medal, for his service to the great country of the United States of America, he was proud to call home. In 1950, Frank was called back from inactive duty to serve in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Macon during the Korean War until 1952. Frank was also a lifetime member of the VFW. After his tours of duty, Frank was employed at International Harvester as a manager in the parts department until retirement in 1985. Frank was a man of many talents and interests. He obtained his pilot's license and became an avid hang glider. Frank also learn the art of furniture making and would spend endless hours in his garage making quality pieces of furniture that mostly were for his home. Frank had the machinery and tools to create intricate and detailed furniture pieces that rivaled the high-end furniture makers of the day. When Frank was a young boy, Frank's father would play opera on the radio and Frank fell in love with it. For many years he would attend the opera at the Metropolitan Opera House as well as listen to it at home. Frank was known for his quiet demeanor and sense of humor. One of his favorite quips he loved to say was "When I was young I had flash and no cash and now that I'm old I have cash and no flash.". Frank is survived by his sister, Gloria Di Fabio, and many loving cousins. A special thank you to the family, for helping with Frank's care these past few years and a thank you to his caretakers, Valentina and Luba. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Ave. W., Cranford, NJ 07016. Mass will be celebrated at St. Michaels Church, 40 Alden St., Cranford, NJ 07016 at 10 a.m. on Friday Oct. 16, 2020, Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, 1100 East Broad St., Westfield NJ 07090.
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