Francis Anthony DeFrino, 88, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Born in Hartford on June 21, 1933 to Anthony and Rose (Falcone) DeFrino, he was the youngest of six children. Frank attended Hartford public schools and held numerous jobs during his youth; including delivering 200 Hartford Courant’s daily. After graduating from University of Connecticut, he attended The School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He married his college sweetheart, Dianne Woods of New Milford, and practiced family dentistry in Plainville for 45 years.
Frank and Dianne made their home in Farmington, where they lived for 30 years with their three sons, niece, and several different dogs. Summers were spent on Candlewood Lake, which was a source of family fun, water sports and outdoor chores. He was easily recognizable to friends and neighbors by his worn out Yankee cap, signature white t-shirt and cigar. He and Dianne enjoyed food and wine and traveling through Europe, and both coasts of the U.S., but he was probably most happy sharing stories with his family around the kitchen table. Frank remained an avid investor in the stock market throughout his life, which kept him well-informed and his mind sharp.
He is survived by his three sons, Peter and wife Janet from Rowayton, Michael and wife Laura from San Francisco, Paul and family from Chicago, and niece Teresa Montano from Philadelphia. His greatest pleasure after his retirement at the age of 70 was visits from his nine grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect Street, Wethersfield. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to Candlewood Lake Authority, P.O. Box 37, Sherman CT 06784. To share a memory of Frank with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com .