May 22, 1944 - April 11, 2021
ONEIDA, NY - Mr. Francis J. “Frank” Centro, Sr., age 76, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 after being stricken at home, battling several health issues during the latter part of his life. Born in Rome on May 22, 1944, Frank was the son of the late Frank and Sarah (Asfur) Centro. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and graduated from Utica Free Academy/Class of 1962. On October 15, 1966 he married the former Kathaleen “Kathy” Raccuia. They were of one heart and mind, and Frank often said she was “the love of his life”. She was his everything during their 54 years together. For many years, Frank was involved in the ownership, operation, or management of multiple businesses and venues. He worked as an Arnold’s Bakery independent franchiser with routes committed to Oneida and the Mohawk Valley. He also owned Astro’s Bar & Grill, a successful business he operated with his son Frank and daughter Alicia. He managed the Elks Club on French Road, as well as the American Legion #1376 at the New Hartford location, and oversaw with dedication the daily activities of both places. He was capable of fulfilling multiple roles, and he knew everything from “A to Z” and “Soup to Nuts”! He lastly worked at Turning Stone Casino where he once again afforded his generous spirit to shine. He retired in 2009. Always optimistic, his affable personality attracted people to him. If you knew Frank, you had to love him. He was a giving gentleman with a great sense of humor, and that was his “calling card”. His children were blessed with his support in all their endeavors and sporting events. He never missed a game. When the bus arrived at the field, Frank and Kathy were there with all the fixings for the entire team. This commitment continued with each of his five grandchildren who knew an incredible Papa, and it was so evident that they were the light of his life! On Father’s Day 2020, his son Frankie wrote a letter to his dad, highlighting from his heart how grateful he and his sister Alicia were for all the little things Dad and Mom did for them when they were younger, that seem so big today! Things that they do for their own children, like making them feel safe, loved, sure of themselves, grateful for what they have, and teaching them manners and self-sufficiency. As adults, they realize the sacrifice, patience, discipline, and compassion it takes to be good parents. Frankie closes his letter as he tells his father, “I am proud to call you my dad and I love you with all my heart. I wouldn’t trade one minute with you for anything in this world.” Frankie XOXO In his younger years, Frank played tennis, softball, and matriculated into the maturity of the game of golf, a sport that captured his heart. He would often be seen on the fairways at Valley View and Oneida Limited Golf Course in Sherrill. Sunday dinner was a major day to share a meal with family. Also, the backyard with built-in pool was always a gathering place for an “open house” invitation, and anyone who visited enjoyed all the fun, food, and family conversation that Frank, Kathy, and the kids had to offer. God lived in his heart, and Frank always recited Grace before a meal to thank Him for the blessings of togetherness. Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy; his loving and devoted children, Frank J. Centro Jr. and his love Kimberly Keenan, and Alicia Centro and Jerry Do Vale; grandchildren, Frankie Carmen, and Carmen Francis Centro; and Alexandria Kathaleen, twins Aiden, and Austin Do Vale. He was truly loved by his sister Betty, and brother-in-law, Roger Sabia. He was predeceased by his sisters, Helen Pardi, and Lena Centro. He also leaves his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; in-laws, Ninett and Tony Singe, and Anna and Dan Bruno. He had a group of friends, in particular Art Nole, with whom he enjoyed many great times. The family is grateful to Dr. Sultana Razia for her medical expertise, compassionate care, and personal touches; and Jennifer and Donna at the Dialysis Center of Oneida for their excellent care. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Gathering to be held Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. Frank’s Celebration of Life will commence upon the conclusion of the Memorial gathering, and all are welcome. Face masks are required and social distancing and contact tracing will be implemented. Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be directed to the Dialysis Center of Oneida online at https://www.mvhealthsystem.org/directory/dialysis-center-oneida. Envelopes will be available at the service. During this time of social distancing that we are all experiencing, please take a moment to connect with Frank’s family through the “Memories” section of his obituary. Our prayers go out to all as a sign of our continued support.
ONEIDA, NY - Mr. Francis J. “Frank” Centro, Sr., age 76, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 after being stricken at home, battling several health issues during the latter part of his life. Born in Rome on May 22, 1944, Frank... View Obituary & Service Information
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