Frank Adragna

Frank Adragna

Monday October 16, 1933 - Thursday June 18, 2020
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Frank Adragna died peacefully on June 18th, 2020.

Born in Newark, NJ, he grew up in Nutley, along with his late wife Rose (Simone), raised his family in Clifton and Toms River, NJ, before moving to Bradley Beach, NJ and Cape Coral, FL. He retired in New Jersey.

Mr. Adragna was a Veteran of the US Army, and former member of the Nutley Amvets, American Legion, Elks Lodge, St. Clare’s Holy Name Society, Delawanna Little League Association, Italian American Club, and the Lithographer’s Union.
He was employed by the town of Nutley as an Auxiliary Police Officer, Kresge Department Store and Continental Can Company. He was also a self-employed contractor and co-owner of Junction Market South in Neptune, NJ. He finished his career working part-time for Enterprise, where he enjoyed the comradery with the employees.

Frank was the beloved husband of the late Rose (Simone) Adragna. He is survived by his loving family, a son, Frank Jr. and his wife Pat (Gaul), daughters, Judy Miller and her husband Doug, Gail Maurillo and her husband Joe, and Lisa Dowd and her husband Bill; his grandchildren, Doug Miller, Melissa (Miller) Gorga and her husband Adam, Frank Adragna III and his wife Erin (Garces), Richard Adragna and his fiancé Megan Starks, Gianna Maurillo, Natalia (Maurillo) Luberto and her husband Anthony, Billy, and Michael Dowd; and his great-grandchildren, Santino Gorga and Adriana Rose Adragna.

He was predeceased by his parents, Vito and Rose (Giaimo) Adragna; his siblings, Joseph Adragna, Catherine Donahue and MaryAnn Gibney. He is also survived by his brother, Vito Adragna; brothers-in-law, Paul Gibney and Jack Donahue; and his nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Frank loved family, friends, and his Italian heritage. A trip to Italy later in his life to meet his cousins for the first time was a special moment for him. His hobbies included hunting, the outdoors, reading, learning history, going to Atlantic City for a night of gambling, smoking a good cigar along with a little taste of Johnnie Walker Blue, and he enjoyed Rutt’s Hut Hot Dogs.

Funeral arrangements will be private. A memorial mass and a celebration of honoring his life will be held in the future. Donations in his memory are being accepted by a charity that his near and dear to his heart:

Cheer Me Up Foundation
540 Mill Street
Belleville, NJ 07109
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Vito Adragna di Agostino

Posted at 11:44am
Eri un uomo buono, un grande uomo. Ci mancherai. Con tenacia hai riunito il ramo italiano della famiglia. Grazie . Vivrai sempre nei nostri pensieri

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Pat Gaul Adragna Posted at 06:37pm

Grazie per le tue gentili parole su mio padre. Incontrare la sua famiglia in Italia, è stato un momento molto speciale della sua vita. Dio benedica te e la tua famiglia, state bene.

The Knoppel and Simone Families

Posted at 09:06am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts of your Dad, our Uncle Frank...

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Cocoa Chanel Porter

Posted at 11:42am
I’m saddened to just hear about the passing of my former patient, Frankie. I loved Frankie like he was my own grandfather. I could hear him now calling my name “Ms. Porter.” Frankie, I’m going to miss you dearly. R.I.P. Frank Adragna, and I’m going to keep cleaning everything (insider). -Chanel Porter-LaGrier (your physical therapist)

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Posted at 04:05pm
Our truest heartfelt condolences are with you all. Rest in peace Frank. With sincerest thoughts, Tracy, Anthony, Colin and Kyle
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Posted at 11:27pm
He will be alive forever inside my heart!
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