Franco "Frank" Egidi of Yonkers, New York died peacefully on Friday, June 16, 2023, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was 91 years old.
Frank was born in Palombara Sabina, Italy on August 2, 1931, where he was raised. He later moved to Rome as a young adult for work opportunities. He came to the US in 1959 and settled in Yonkers, hometown to his wife Ada, whom he had met and married while she was visiting with family in Italy. They began their own family and Frank eventually started a business in his name, selling and installing windows and doors to contractors, building and private home owners alike throughout Westchester and surrounding areas. He was indefatigable in his efforts to run a successful business, working hard to provide for his family and to afford his employees the opportunity to advance themselves and their families. Always close to his relatives in Italy, Frank supported them whenever and however he could. He enjoyed the company of other "Palombaresi" who also called Yonkers home, and celebrated holidays and major events here with this extended family.
Frank was a member of the Italian National Club and was honored in 2009 for his contributions at their 100th Anniversary Year festivities. In retirement, Frank was able to spend more time with his family, especially his grandchildren, whom he adored. He enjoyed grilling and gardening, and developed a passion for baking. What began with a desire to replicate recipes from his childhood turned into a fulfilling activity of discovery with delicious results, much to the delight of family and friends. Frank is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Ada (DeFelice) Egidi, children and respective spouses, daughters Paula (David Fuentes) Egidi of Brooklyn and Carla (Stephen) Manzi of Pleasantville; son David (Luna Yoshioka) Egidi of Brooklyn, and grandchildren Philip and Alexander Manzi. His family will miss him terribly along with many cousins, nieces and nephews in Italy who grieve his loss.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Frank's memory. This was a charity that he supported for many years out of gratefulness for his own family and concern for children requiring significant medical intervention at such a young age.