We are sorry to share that Francis M. “Frank” D’Errico died peacefully Sunday, December 20, 2015, at his winter home in Cocoa Beach, Florida surrounded by his loving family. He was 84 years old.
He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland May 12, 1931, the son of the late Armand J. and Jean D’Errico. He lived a full and rewarding life as an insurance man, Korean War veteran and devoted family man. He loved his family, his country, a good day of fishing, hunting, golfing with friends, and above all, sharing a good story.
Frank and Merilyn were married for 57 wonderful years. He was a devoted husband and proud father of children, Debbie, Armand and Nancy. He adored his three granddaughters, Allison, Natalie and Sarah and cherished their visits to Caroga Lake and Cocoa Beach, watching them swim, fish and do tricks on their tube as he piloted the boat on Caroga Lake. To know him was to love him and they did. He was their Poppi.
Frank was raised in Gloversville, where he attended St. Mary’s Catholic school, and graduated from Gloversville High School in 1948. He later graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1952. After college he served in Korea from 1953 to 1954 in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, forward observer and service battery commander in the 58th Battalion Field Artillery Unit of the Third Army Infantry Division.
After working for Home Life Insurance Company in Albany, Frank returned to Gloversville, where he and his longtime friend George Farhart opened the D’Errico & Farhart Insurance Agency in 1961, where he worked and served his many valued customers until retiring in 1995.
Frank was the first president of the Gloversville Jaycees, first president of the Mutual Insurance Agents of Fulton County, Governor on the board of the Eccentric Club, Commander of the Catholic War Veterans, past member of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Elks and Lions Clubs, and Nick Stoner Golf Club where he scored three holes in one.
He is survived by his wife Merilyn D’Errico; children, Deborah, Armand and Nancy; grandchildren Allison, Natalie and Sarah Ahlers; sisters, Eleanor Zamos (Larry Zamos), Angela Gable; brother, Donald D’Errico (Pamela), several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be on Friday, May 20, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 21, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 151 S. Main St., Gloversville.
Interment with military honors will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078.
Online condolences may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.