Frank Dito

Frank J. Dito

Tuesday, June 14th, 1927 - Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
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Frank Joseph Dito was born in Glendale, Queens to Italian immigrants Felice and Mary on June 14, 1927,
before eventually moving to Brooklyn, New York. He attended P.S. 104, Fort Hamilton H.S. and graduated from New York University, receiving his master’s degree on his way to becoming a proud alumnus.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954. He married the love of his life, Ellen (nee Barranco), on October 22, 1955, settling in Bay Ridge, where he became a lifelong fixture in the community. He was father to four loving children, Mary Ellen (Marty), Susan (Timmy), Aileen (Frankie) and Frank, Jr. (Holly). Frank’s family was the centerpiece of his life, especially his wife, showing his devotion to Ellen until his very last moments. He loved spending time with the family, whether it be at a grandchild’s basketball game or Sunday dinner at one of his children’s homes. Frank was proud to be a veteran and made it his mission to help our returning armed forces thrive in their civilian lives. After starting his own real estate and insurance concern next to the Dyker movie theater and then moving to 8625 Fifth Avenue, Frank eventually found what he was meant to do, working for the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Veteran’s Advocate. Everything he did showed his dedication to our country, from famously giving out American flag lapel pins, to tirelessly advocating for veteran’ rights and benefits. One of his proudest achievements was when he was awarded the Veteran’s Advocate of the Year for his unyielding efforts on behalf of his fellow veterans. Frank still commuted to work each day in New York City until his retirement at the age of 87 years young. A lifetime member of the American Legion, Frank went on to continue his efforts to help veterans by volunteering for the USO, where he made many friends and looked forward to his weekly visits to Fort Hamilton. Frank loved Frank Sinatra and steadfastly lived his life according to his theme song, “My Way.” At each of his daughters’ weddings, he danced with the bride to “My Way” and that dance was repeated throughout his life whenever the song played. Most importantly, Frank lived a life that’s full and did it his way. Frank enjoyed traveling with family and friends, visiting the Caribbean, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Canada. One of Frank’s most cherished memories was his trip to Verbicaro, Italy, where he was able visit family and to see the house his father was born in before coming to America. Frank was a proud Roman Catholic and longtime parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church where he was an usher at the 12:30 mass throughout his life. He volunteered for numerous parish fundraisers and was president of the Holy Name Society, Parish Council and the Home School Association and was honored to be invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. Frank leaves behind his wife of 64 years, four children, nine grandchildren, a great granddaughter and many loving nieces and nephews.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
    9620 - Third Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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  • Service

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Friday, September 18th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
    9511 - Fourth Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11029
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  • Interment

    Moravian Cemetery
    2205 Richmond Rd
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Private Condolence

Minerva DeJesus

Posted at 09:07pm
My deepest condolences to the family.
I worked with Frank at the SBA for many years.
He will be missed dearly. Wonderful friend

John Bruzzi

Posted at 04:07pm
Frank was a good friend to my family.
Always a gentleman. Many good memories from Breezy Point Surf Club.

Alexandra Shanahan Tingos

Posted at 01:35pm
My pop♥️ There will never be a day that goes by that I will not think of you! You will always be in my heart! Thank you for being the best of the best and loving Sofia just as much as you loved all of us! Rest peacefully pop and I hope you are enjoying a nice Manhattan and listening to Frank!
I love you - Allie

Anne Strafaci

Posted at 10:04pm
So sorry to hear about Frank. May he rest in Jesus loving arms ❤️🙏🏻

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