Francis "Frank" Thomas Ragonese

13 mars 19313 mai 2021

Francis Thomas Ragonese, 90, of Rocky Hill, formerly of Pine Lane, Wethersfield, loving husband of Dorothy P. (Violette) Ragonese, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Hartford Hospital with his family by his side. Born on March 13, 1931 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Thomas and Maria (Grasso) Ragonese. Frank grew up in the North End of Hartford during the Great Depression. He attended St. Joseph Cathedral, graduated from Weaver High School, and Manchester Community College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served his country honorably during the Korean War. Following his military service, Frank began his career at the Wethersfield Police Department where he served for 26 years, retiring as a sergeant in 1982. Upon his retirement, he took a job at Travelers Insurance where he worked for 10 years investigating fraudulent claims. Frank continued working as a state marshal until the age of 85, when he shifted his entire focus to spending time with the ones he loved. He was actively involved in the Wethersfield Democratic Town Committee and the Wethersfield Game Club. He coached on the Wethersfield Little League, and attended as many of his children and grandchildren’s school and sporting events as he could. Frank was incredibly proud of his Italian heritage and Roman Catholic faith. He had a way of lighting up every room he stepped in and an ability to make every conversation feel like the most important. Much of his life was devoted to helping others and he made friends everywhere he went. Frank was often referred to as “Officer Friendly” and known by many as “Rags”. The fondest memories and most cherished times though, were the many summers that he spent with family and friends at their beach home in Maine, and winters at Cocoa Beach, Florida. In addition to his wife of 60 years, Frank is survived by a son, Thomas Ragonese and his wife Pamela of Newington; a daughter, Paula Morgan and her husband Christopher of Rocky Hill; four adored grandchildren, Benjamin and Kathryn Ragonese, and Christopher and Collin Morgan; a brother-in-law, James Violette and his wife Nancy; his fellow Coast Guard confidante and longtime friend who was like a brother to him, Joe Alvino and wife Jean, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, N. Anne Randazzo and Roberta Mercadante and three brothers-in-law, Francis Mercadante, Kenneth Violette and Michael Violette. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff of Hartford Hospital for the compassionate care they provided throughout Frank’s illness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Frank’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Family and friends are invited to a walk-through visitation from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday (May 9th) at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday (May 10th) at 10 a.m. at St. James Church (St. Josephine Bakhita Parish), 767 Elm Street, Rocky Hill. Everyone is asked to please meet directly at the church. Burial with military honors will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Masks are required for all services and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. To share a memory of Frank with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


  • Public Walk-Through Visitation

    dimanche, 9 mai , 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    lundi, 10 mai , 2021

  • Burial with military honors

    lundi, 10 mai , 2021


Francis "Frank" Thomas Ragonese


Franca Filomeno

15 mai , 2021

Always enjoyed that we shared the same birthday and that he reminded me of that every time we met! Will miss talking to him. He was always so kind and friendly. The world was blessed to have him and now heaven is blessed too!

John Abbate Jr

12 mai , 2021

I remember Frank and my dad were great friends and had great times together! Sorry to see Frank pass.

Robert Fritsch

12 mai , 2021

Dear Dot, Tom, Pam, Paula and Chris & Families,
Dad wore his heart on his wrist - the consummate humanitarian. Janie and I got to know him so many ways: as a boss, a fellow policeman, a fellow college student and a wonderful conversationalist. He shared his thoughts and opinions which we valued because he was the "real deal"! As a friend and confidant we couldn't ask for more.
Dad leaves his legacy, a ton of memories and a 2nd generation that will preserve and insure the continuation of his values forever more.
We are thankful he was in our lives,
With love,

Bob & Janie Fritsch

Todd McGowan

12 mai , 2021

I first met Frank and Dorothy through working at their house. Such kind and lighthearted people. Frank was a great guy who had a genuine heart. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. My sincerest condolences to the Dorothy and family.

Rosemary (Crespan) McDonough

11 mai , 2021

Such a wonderful man. Brave, handsome and kind.
Sgt. Ragonese will be missed by so many. Heartfelt condolences to Dottie and the family he loved deeply.

Peter Gallacher

11 mai , 2021

Frank touched my life, as he did with so many others, and my life is that much better for it ! He became a real friend while always caring for others first. Thank you Dottie for sharing him with us. God bless you both !

Andrew Adil

10 mai , 2021

Frank was always one with the kind word and always asked about how the family was and it was well appreciated. When I first came in town committee Frank was very very helpful and loved seeing him at all the key functions. He leaves behind a family of service. Tom & Paula both have been beneficial to my family and we really appreciated their works. Frank really instilled that in us all!

Nicole (Crespan) Greco

9 mai , 2021

Dorothy, Paula and Tom - So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. What a wonderful man and kind friend. My parents adored him. I am sure my Dad and he had a big hug and are sharing a few beers and some laughs in heaven.

Mike Smith

8 mai , 2021

From Mike and Tony at Chimirri’s, Save us a place at Chimirri’s in the sky.

Maria Abbate

8 mai , 2021

My husband Andy loved Rags! He always said, “He so sentimental “because he cried when he was happy and sad. I know that those 2 are having a grand time on the other side. Our thoughts are with your family.