Frank J. Liburdy, age 88, of Shelton and Coconut Creek, FL, entered into rest peacefully on June 1st, 2013 at Hospice By The Sea in Boca Raton, FL.
Frank was born on March 23, 1925 in Mt. Kisco, NY, son of the late Frank and Nicolena Buzzutto Liburdy.
He is survived by his devoted wife Fran Liburdy, two nephews Leo (Tommy) Sands and his wife Debbie of Huntington and John Sands and his wife MaryEllen of North Haven, stepchildren Marty Pitler and his wife Linda of Randolph, MA and James Gelfand and his wife Karin of Tucson, AZ, five much loved grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, very special and caring cousins Herman and Tina Stark of Lake Worth, FL and, of course, his best gals, Thelma and Louise.
Frank said marrying Fran made him a husband, father and grandfather in a minute. A kind and generous man, he was always willing to provide guidance and sound advice, particularly to the young people.
Frank was a member of the Greatest Generation and served our country as a radioman gunner with the Eighth Air Force, 389th Bomb Group flying B24s. He flew 18 combat missions over Europe and was shot down in France. The B24 was lost but the entire crew was saved. Frank served 24 years in the Army and retired as a Warrant Officer 4.
Frank attended Drake University and Bridgeport Engineering Institute, graduating with a degree in Engineering. He was appointed a Fellow of BEI in 1981. He started his work career as an apprentice welder, salary 40 cents an hour, at Rolock in Fairfield. Studying and working all the while, he went onto become Vice President of Norwalk Fabricating in Norwalk, the owner of Clinton Equipment in Bridgeport, and then returned to Rolock as President and CEO.
Frank had a great passion for music and loved playing the saxaphone, both alto and soprano. He formed the Dancetime Group and played in many venues in both Fairfield and Kings Counties.
In 1980, Frank was the Past District President of the National Exchange Club and a long time member of the Easton Exchange Club. He also belonged to the Exchange Club in Lighthouse Point, FL.
In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by his first wife and two sisters, Margaret Sands and her husband Leo and Vivian Liburdy Burr.
Family and close friends are invited to attend his funeral service at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd, Shelton on Saturday, June 8th at 11 am. Calling hours will be held from 9:30 am until the time of service. Interment with full military honors will follow in Long Hill Cemetery, Trumbull.
In lieu of flowers, Frank’s family sincerely suggests a donation to the charity of one’s choice. Frank was a very special human being — he is and always will be greatly loved and he left us all better for having known him.
Offer condolences online at www.riverviewfh.com.