Frank Vincent D'Alessandro, 88 years young, of East Hartford, left his loving family and friends on May 21, 2012. He was born on April 15, 1924 in Hartford to Antonio D'Alessandro and Teresa Castelvetere and lived in East Hartford for 58 years. A proud veteran of World War II, Frank served honorably in France and Germany. He greatly enjoyed the prime rib and laughter at regular meetings of the "I.O.O.B's" as well as the annual reunions with his "war buddies" and childhood friends from the South end of Hartford. He was an active member in the American Legion and VFW in Manchester as well as the American Folk Music Association where he was known for playing a "mean banjo". Frank was an award-winning salesman who devoted thirty-eight years to the Hotpoint Division of General Electric, earning the accolade, "Number One Salesman in the U.S.". He was known for his indomitable sense of humor and willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need. Frank developed friendships with everyone - from the produce manager at the local Shop Rite to his mechanic; from childhood pals to neighbors. He delighted every member of his family with an annual banjo serenade of "Happy Birthday" and wrote a poem to commemorate their special place in his heart. An avid golfer, Frank played his last game in April; he didn't get a great score but he was confident his next time on the links would be better. Frank lost his beloved "sweetheart," wife Helen Marie (Vannuccini) in 1991, but managed to craft a new life with his special "lady friend," Glennice Stevens, while still keeping Helen in his heart. He leaves behind to cherish his memory: daughters Lauren D'Alessandro of New Haven and Lynne Rogoff of South Windsor; son Frankie of The Hartford Regional Center; son-in-law and best friend William Rogoff; cherished grandson Erik Rogoff; beloved granddaughter Chelsea; The California D'Alessandro's; The Cincotta and Vannuccini extended families; and dear friend Sonny Comer. In addition to his parents Frank was predeceased by three brothers: Joseph, James and Alfred and nephew, Dale.
Family and friends may gather Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, followed b y a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher Church. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, East Hartford. His family will receive friends, Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 80 Seymour St., Hartford, CT 06102 or to ALSA-CT, 4 Oxford Rd., Milford, CT 06460.
Read Frank Vincent D'Alessandro's Obituary and Guestbook on www.carmonfuneralhome.com.