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Joseph R. Francomano

August 31, 1934 ~ May 12, 2022 (age 87)



Joseph “Joe” Robert Francomano, 87, of Danbury, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022. He was the loving husband of Gail (Mueller) Francomano.

Joe was born on August 31, 1934, in Bronx, New York; a son of the late Thomas and Angelina (D’Errico) Francomano. Joe graduated from Evander Childs High School, where he was an outstanding track and baseball athlete. Joe received an Associates Degree from Wagner Business school and spent his career as an Account Executive at various transportation companies before founding J&W Transportation.

After relocating to Ridgefield, CT in 1968, family and service to his community remained a top priority for Joe. He volunteered much of his time to various youth sports programs including Ridgefield Little League and Pop Warner football. He was a lifetime member and former President of the Ridgefield Italian Mutual Aid Society, was a parishioner at St. Mary’s Church in Ridgefield and for the past 20 years was an Usher at St. Joseph’s Church in Danbury, CT.  

Mr. Francomano was blessed with a large and loving family and is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Gail, and their 6 children: Tom Francomano and his wife, Melissa; Gail Meldon and her husband, Len; Suzanne Cole; Marianne Stringfellow and her husband, Jim; Jody Nejaime and her husband, John; and Joseph Francomano Jr. and his wife, Lisa. Mr. Francomano is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Mr. Francomano is also survived by his 2 sisters Catherine (Dee Dee) Scelzi and Arlene Leone.  He will be dearly missed by his loved ones.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Danbury Hospital Foundation attention: Praxair Cancer Center, 24 Hospital Avenue Danbury, CT 06810 or online at


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May 15, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kane Funeral Home
25 Catoonah Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Funeral Mass
May 16, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield
55 Catoonah Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Interment following the funeral mass

St. Mary Cemetery Ridgefield
110 North Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877


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