Alexandria Bay, NY
December 18, 2015
Frank Cavallario, 93, died Friday, December 18 at his home in Alexandria Bay. He was born in Watertown, NY, the seventh son of Carmelo Cavallario and Sarah Rizzo. Frank graduated from Watertown High School in 1941. He served in the US Army during WWII, enlisting at the same time as three of his brothers. Frank married his wife of sixty-eight years, Concetta Sparacino, at St. Anthony’s Church, Watertown, Columbus Day, 1947. They settled in Alexandria Bay. He enjoyed a long career operating first the Chez Paris Restaurant alongside Connie and then he realized his dream of opening Cavallario’s Steak House in 1962. A born host Frankie loved nothing more than providing good times for his customers who, as often as not, became good friends. He contributed in numerous ways to his community including serving as Chamber of Commerce president, Rotary president, a member of the Alexandria Bay Volunteer Fire Department, and Republican Party Committeeman. In addition he was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus and the Alexandria Bay Lions Club.
Frank was pre deceased by his parents and brothers: Michael Cavallario, Peter Cavallario, Tony Cavallario, Joseph Cavallario, Vincent Cavallario and Sam Cavallario. His daughter, Carmen Penn, also died before him. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Coleman and Johanna Sboro and a sister-in-law, Andriana Cavallario. In addition to his wife, Connie, he leaves two daughters, Tamara (John) Quinn of Wellesley Island, Mary Jo (Jeffrey) Wood of Ithaca, NY, and grandchildren, Aurora Moore, Danika Wood, Schuyler Wood, Malia Wood, Ian Walts, Lauren Quinn Ingram, Chelsea Fuller and Francesca Ruddy along with four great grandchildren. Frank also leaves many, many nieces, nephews and dear friends and former employees.
After many successful years Frank and Connie turned their businesses over to their daughter Carmen, her husband Chuck Penn and nephew Michael Cavallario. Tamara Quinn assumed operation of the Chez Paris in 2002 and this past summer Francesca and George Ruddy assumed ownership of Cavallario’s Steak House.
Arrangements are with Costello Funeral Home in Alexandria Bay. Calling hours are Sunday, 4-7pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Doug Comstock at St. Cyril’s Church, Monday, 11 am. Burial will follow at St. Cyril’s Cemetery, Alexandria Bay.
Donations may be made to St. Cyril’s Church, Alexandria Bay Rescue Squad or a charity of one’s choice.