Frank Anthony Di Paolo, 74, of Holmdel, died on Thursday, May 4.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Nicolina and Frank Di Paolo.
Frank was the youngest of six children and he was proud of his Italian heritage originating in Cansano, Italy. He graduated from Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School and then went on to graduate from St. John’s University. Frank proudly served his country in the US Army.
In 1970, he married his high school sweetheart, Marie, and they began their family together, moving to Staten Island shortly after and ultimately to Holmdel, NJ to join their grandchildren. Frank worked for several financial institutions throughout his career, rising to the level of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and viewed as an expert in his field–an amazing accomplishment for a 1st generation American. After retirement, Frank enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren as much as possible and in any spare time, he worked as a real estate agent.
Frank enjoyed working around the house, fixing everything he came across. He was a perfectionist and kept his yard in pristine condition. He loved nature and especially enjoyed caring for birds. Frank loved to travel with his wife and family and hoped to fit in 1 more trip to Italy this year. He recently began visiting Florida on a regular basis with Marie and enjoyed the sunshine with Marie, his sister-in-law Roseann, and brother-in-law George. But nothing was more important to him than spending time with his daughters and grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents, and his siblings Rocco Di Paolo and Loretta Anatale.
Surviving are his loving wife Marie Di Paolo, his daughters Lori Anne Di Paolo of Morganville, and Amanda and her husband Kevin Kocun of Morganville, his siblings Dea Rossetti, Donato Di Paolo, and Ida Finke, and his four beloved grandchildren Jason, John, Matthew, and Caroline. Jason, John, Matthew, and Caroline were Frank’s whole world. He referred to them as “My Jason, My John, My Matthew, and My Sweetheart Caroline.”
Frank was the definition of unselfish and would help a friend or stranger without hesitation–and he did up until the moment he died.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 7 from 1pm – 5pm at Holmdel Funeral Home, 26 S. Holmdel Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, April 8 at 11 am at the Church of St. Catharine’s, 108 Middletown Road, Holmdel. Entombment will follow at Holmdel Cemetery.
In lieu of traditional remembrances, Frank’s family asks with gratitude that donations in his name be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org)
For messages of condolence, or to share a favorite memory of Frank, please visit his page of tribute at www.HolmdelFuneralHome.com