23 June, 1924 – 12 May, 2020
Frank Bolle (FWB), American Artist, of Weston CT Died May 12th, 2020. He was 95. Born in Italy on June 23rd, 1924 and traveled across the ocean alone at 5 years old to join his mother in Brooklyn, NY. He Grew up in NYC with his mother Mary and stepfather Egidio “Louie” Covacich. Frank graduated Manhattan’s School of Music and Art then studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, only interrupted by a stint in the Army Airforce in 1942. He began drawing as a child and made a career of it. He illustrated many comic books including “Dr. Solar”, “Tim Holt” a western series and “Man of the Atom”. He illustrated children’s stories, adventure magazines, Boys Life Magazine and books from scuba diving to Sherlock Holmes. Frank worked on several daily newspaper comic strips including “Debbie Deere”, “Winnie Winkle” and “Apt 3G”. Later painting pet portraits and skillfully doing many watercolor paintings. He is survived by his wife Lori Bolle, Daughter Laura and son Frank as well as innumerable lifelong fans.
26 February 2021
I first met Frank at a CT Classic Arts Meeting back in the 1980’s. He later visited me at the marketing agency that I owned at the time located in the Gledinning building in Westport. He was so kind to bring me an original Winnie Winkle comic strip that he did. He was such a talented artist, and a true gentleman. I will never forget his generosity to me as a young artist nor his friendship. My deep condolences to his family.
7 September 2020
The Clive Cussler Collectors Society commissioned Frank on 4 paintings for our Dirk Pitt action series. I was able meet Frank and Lori at the Comic-Con International in 2003. Two of the nicest people I've ever met and I'll never forget about our time togeather. Frank is well known by our members for his work on our action prints and Raise the Titanic comic strips for the Trib. We are all deeply saddened by Frank's passing and wish to pass along our thoughts and prayers to Lori.
1 July 2020
I am shaken by a world without Frank Bolle. He was the kindest, most welcoming, funny, gentle, honest human being that I ever met in my long 78 year old life. I learned so much from him and will never have another person with whom I can discuss old movies or who will challenge me by daring me to know who Nehemiah Persoff was. He was the most perfect human that I ever knew - and this is really true. He left no stone unturned in living a kind and amazingly talented life but never did he allude to either of these admirable traits. I can't image how Lori will do without him. My thoughts are with her equally.
Bill & Lisa Hernandez
14 June 2020
To Frank’s family, our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Frank was a wonderful and talented person. He will be missed.
Bill & Lisa Hernandez