GLENMONT – Frank J. Riccardo, age 88, passed away peacefully on June
7 after a brief illness. He was at home in the house he built,
surrounded by his loving family.
Frank was born in Albany, NY to the late Anthony L. and Sarah
DiSanto Riccardo, and lived most of his childhood in Selkirk. In his
youth, he was an accomplished accordionist, having studied for three
years at the Biviano School of Music in New York City. He proudly
served as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1954 - 1957 as
a Squad Leader and was on the 3rd Army Rifle Team for three years,
competing at the Masters Class at Camp Perry, Ohio. He was also
awarded the Senior Parachutist badge.
After the service, he worked for a few years in construction, then
went to work for the Firestone Tire and Retread Company, where he
eventually became a retread plant manager in Menands. He left
Firestone to work at the former Blue Circle Cement Company in Ravena
as a heavy equipment mechanic until retiring in 1995.
Frank was predeceased by his wife, Mary Lou Riccardo, to whom he was
married for 49 years. He is survived by his loving daughters, Lori
Nichols of Shutesbury, Massachusetts and Rebecca Dorsey Gorman and
her husband Mark Gorman of Delmar; grandchildren, Leanna Marie
Dorsey and Canden Francis Gorman; and step-grandchildren Mark Jr.,
Derek and Kyle Gorman. Frank relished in being a loving Papa to his
grandchildren, whom he loved immensely and enjoyed spending time
with, especially at the ocean. He is also survived by his only
brother Robert C. Riccardo of Selkirk, Leanna's partner Greg Reo,
and many nieces and nephews.
Frank was a member of The First Reformed Church of Bethlehem in
Selkirk and the Glenmont Community Church. He thanked God every day
for blessing him with so many abilities. He used these blessings to
build his family home for his new bride in 1961, as well as to help
many a relative, friend and neighbor throughout his life. He was
talented and accomplished in anything he set his mind to learning,
from woodworking, masonry and all handicrafts (with a fine eye for
design), as well as hobbies such as building and repairing model
trains and restoring a 1972 Corvette convertible. It seemed that
there was nothing he couldn't build or fix. In recent years he
helped his grandson Canden with many projects related to his WWII
Reenacting Group and taught him many valuable lessons on what it
means to be a soldier; his grandson plans to follow in his footsteps
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in his
The First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, 38 Church Rd, Selkirk 12158
The Glenmont Community Church, Chapel Lane, Glenmont, NY 12077.
A service will be held privately at the convenience of the family.