Victor Fralonardo, 98, Formerly of Watertown
Victor D. Fralonardo. Formerly of 113 North Meadow Street and a longtime resident of Buckley Landing (Loretteo) died June 15, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, NY.
Mr. Fralonardo’s early years were spent hauling lime to farmers as a self-employed trucker. Later he was a partner in the building of properties at Marra Drive. In the early 70’s when the NYS Office building opened he was employed as a security guard. In 1983 he was awarded the Paul A. Guy Memorial Award for outstanding service in an OGS managed facility. He retired in January 1985.
Born June 20, 1915 in Conversano, Italy, son of Antoinette and Micheal Fralonardo, they immigrated to the US in 1920 where he attended schools in Rochester, NY, graduating from Madison High School in 1936. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 74 years, Josephine in January of 2014.
Mr. Fralonardo served in the Army from 1937 until 1939 when he was honorably discharged. During his time in the Army he served at Madison Barracks where he was the undefeated boxing champion in the 125# class.
He married Josephine Compo on September 30, 1939 at St. Anthony’s Church with Monsignor Claude E. Sechi officiating. Mr. & Mrs. Fralonardo have spent their retirement years at home in Watertown, taking many trips, including a trip to Italy in 1990 where he was able to visit his boyhood home.
He was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church, where he was a member of the Men’s Society, Grand Marshall of the Mt. Carmel Feast procession in 2006, one of the originators of the Mt. Carmel Feast, past president of the Mt. Carmel Society and an usher for over 50 years.
He was a life time member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and a member of Elks Lodge 496. Mr. Fralonardo was a master bridge player, golfer, bowler in the Watertown church leagues, as well as an avid gardener who tended his grape vines with love and care. He was a member of the Watertown Golf Club.
Surviving is one sister Nancy Gardner of Rochester, three daughters and their husbands, Anita and Jack Laurie of Sarasota, Fl, Jeanne and Cranson Gates of Syracuse and Bonnie and John McLaughlin of Watertown, three grandchildren Bethany Laurie Botzenhart, Judd Laurie and Elizabeth McLaughlin Cohen, four great grandchildren Cole and Paige Botzenhart, Connor Laurie, Georgia Cohen and several nieces and nephews. One sister Adele and two brothers, Gene and Vincent died before him.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-7 pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. 135 Keyes Avenue, Watertown, New York.
A prayer service will be Thursday at 10:15 am at D.L. Calarco Funeral Home and a funeral mass at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony’s Church with the Rev. Donald A. Robinson officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Donations may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, 850 Arsenal St. Watertown, N.Y. 13601 Condolences may be made to
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