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Donald M. Franco
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Mr. Donald M. “Dini” Franco, 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by those he loved, on Monday, July 23, 2018, at The Katherine Luther Home.

Dini was born in Utica, on February 24, 1928, a son of the late Anthony and Mary (Arthelia) Franco. He was educated in local schools and also attended Robert E. Lee High School in Miami, FL. Mr. Franco served our country in WWII, during the occupation of Japan. Following the war, he worked in construction for Root Brothers and Laino Construction.

A proud Republican, Dini was dedicated to the party and always involved in local and statewide elections. During the Dulan Administration, he was superintendent of the Utica Memorial Auditorium and instrumental in the forming of the Utica Community Action, during the Caruso Administration. Dini was the republican upstate coordinator for US Senator James Buckley and US Senator Alphonse Damato.

At one time, he was City of Utica Parks Commissioner, during the Hanna Administration; and most recently, Utica DPW Commissioner, during the LaPolla Administration. He was currently president of the East Utica Republican Club and 4th Ward Chairman for the Republican Party.

Always a proud East Utican, Dini loved spending time with his many friends at the “Get Together Club and George’s on James St.

In an age of political polarization, Dini was always able to reach across the aisles and work with anyone, for the betterment of his community. From the street sweeper, to those in the highest positions, he was always there to help anyone in need.

On July 4, 1959, Dini was joined in marriage to the former Carol Jones. They have shared over fifty-nine loving years of marriage and family in their beloved Utica. His passing is not only a tremendous loss to his family, but to our entire community. Dini will be deeply missed.

A loving and dedicated, husband, father, and grandfather, Dini is survived by his devoted wife, Carol; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Michael Mancuso, of Utica and Lynette and Dante Lentricchia, of New Hartford; his grandchildren, David M. Pardi and Steven Pardi, Anastasia and Richard Farone, and his “twins”, Angelina and Isabella Mancuso; he was also awaiting the arrival of his great granddaughter; his sisters-in-law, Patricia Franco and Ellen Williams; brother-in-law, William Jones; and also many nieces and nephews, especially acknowledging his nephews, Jim and Tony Franco and niece, Marie Buck and her son, David Buck, who was always there for their Uncle Dini. He was predeceased by three brothers, James Franco (WWII), Carmine “Froggie” Franco, and Anthony “Gig” Franco; a brother-in-law, John Williams; and sister-in-law, Hilda Jones.

His funeral with Military Honors will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., at Mohawk St., Utica.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to Dini’s many friends for their phone calls, prayers, and visits during this difficult time.

In consideration of Dini’s love of animals, the military and the needs of people, please consider donations to the Stevens Swan Humane Society, TAPS Our Duty, or the Abraham House.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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Michelle and family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. Linda and Andy Convertino

Written by linda convertino
2018-07-25 11:37:16 AM

I love you Daddy & I will miss you until we meet with the angels now that your pain and suffering is no longer...In my heart forever, Lynette

Written by Lynette Franco-Lentricchia
2018-07-25 12:41:43 AM

Lynette & Dante, So sorry for your loss. Maryrose (Percola) Tucker

Written by maryrose Tucker
2018-07-25 1:59:35 PM

Carol, Michelle, Lynette and families, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your husband and father was a wonderful man. Always willing to help my family in any way he could. I am sending my deepest condolences and prayers. May your memories bring you comfort at this sad time.

Written by Melanie Cortese
2018-07-25 4:24:52 PM

Michelle and family, So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Tom, Flo and Amanda DeSimone

Written by Flo DeSimone
2018-07-25 6:52:04 PM

Lynette and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Written by Lisa Krapf
2018-07-26 5:23:27 PM

Sorry to hear about the passing of my uncle dini. haven't seen him for a few years, but still remember his humor and love of his wife carol and children. R>I>P>.

Written by James Franco
2018-07-27 5:47:52 PM