Frank J. Riccardo June 7, 2021

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       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 of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in his name to The First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, 38 Church Rd, Selkirk 12158 or The Glenmont Community Church, Chapel Lane, Glenmont, NY 12077.

A service will be held privately at the convenience of the family.