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Frank Bordonaro

October 24, 1929 — January 2, 2024

FRANK BORDONARO age 94, beloved husband for 60 years of the late Patricia (nee white); cherished son of the late Sam and Margaret (nee Mercurio); dearest brother of Kathryn Cervelli (husband Phillip, deceased) and the late Cosmo; dear uncle of Karyn Stovicek, Margaret Hansbury (husband Peter), Mary Jo Carter (husband Donald, deceased), Nicole Pappas (husband Thomas), and Erin Bradley (husband Stephen) and great-uncle of Christina Rubino (husband Mark), Rachel Kolecky (husband Michael), Deanna Oliphant (husband David), Scott Ladan, Daniel Carter, and Trey, Ben, Sebastian, and Sydney Bradley.

Frank was born on October 24, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Airforce and served in the Korean War.  His exceptional talent for playing the drums led him to being recruited as a drummer for the United States Military Band during his military service. 

When his tour of duty finished, he landed in California. While exploring the city of LA he met Pati White, the love of his life whom he cherished deeply until his last breath.  Frank and Pati were married in Las Vegas. They lived their lives together in Alhambra, CA where they shared life's adventures both big and small for over 60 years. 

Frank’s outgoing personality made him a successful salesman for a candy manufacturer, and he loved to send giant chocolate candy bars to his sister Kathy for birthdays and holidays.

His talents as a drummer continued throughout his life and he continued to play the drums with various bands in the LA area.  Frank loved jazz music, especially Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Count Bassie, and Stan Gertz. He even had the opportunity to meet and play with a few well-known musicians through his time playing the drums. Music was a huge part of his life, whether he was playing the drums or listening to Jazz.

After retirement, he and Pati traveled within the United States, as well as to numerous countries including New Zealand, England, France, and Italy. 

He was a loving and cherished brother to his younger sister Kathryn and a caring uncle to his nieces, nephews, and great- nieces and great-nephews, many of whom he was able to spend time with after his return to Cleveland, Ohio.

Frank had a unique ability to talk to and make friends with anyone.  He was a caring soul, always willing to listen to others and give advice and perspective. His stories and the calm sound of his voice will surely be remembered by all who encountered him.  He created lasting friendships throughout his life with neighbors, co-workers, and fellow musicians.

On January 2, 2024, Frank passed away, leaving everyone who had the privilege of meeting him to miss his genuine personality and compassionate soul.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Frank to The Blues Foundation, 421 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103-4464 or by clicking HERE.

Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Frank at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 10AM-11:30AM.   

Prayers of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11:30 AM at THE FUNERAL HOME.

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