Frank T. Favano Jr., 70, died Tuesday after a long battle with pulmonary problems. Favano worked as a banker in Norwalk for more than 30 years. When he retired, Favano became an administrative manager for the Norwalk Police Department, serving for nearly 15 years. He helped oversee the transition of the police department from its former location on West Avenue to its current headquarters on Monroe Street. Favano retired from the police department in August with complimentary letters in his personnel file.
Favano was a leader in the community. He served as an officer or director of the Lions Club, the Kiwanis Club, the Sons of Italy, the Norwalk Planning Commission, the Norwalk YMCA, the Cranbury Community Athletic Association, the Shore and Country Club, the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, Elderhouse, the United Way, Keystone House and several other organizations. In 1994, he was honored as Italian American Man of the Year for his many years of service to the Norwalk community. He was also a justice of the peace.
Favano was born Nov. 18, 1940, in Greenwich. He graduated from St. Mary's High School in Greenwich, received a bachelor's degree in economics from Iona College in 1962 and a graduate degree in banking from Brown University.
In 2001, Favano received a double-lung transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia after years of battling lung disease. He continued to get regular care from the doctors at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He died at home from complications of a lung infection.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Gail Summ Favano; their three children, Frank and wife Rhonda, Katharine, and Roger and wife Amy; a sister, Mary Rosso and husband Tony; and seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Frank T. Favano Jr. Fund, Attn: Columbia Lung Transplant Program, 662 W. 16th Street, PHP 14-104, New York, NY, 10032. To sign an online guestbook, visit magnerfuneralhome.com .
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