Frank "Babe" DellaVolpe

April 30, 1930September 15, 2018
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Frank ”Babe” Della Volpe

Longtime Belleville Business Owner and Landlord

Frank “Babe” Della Volpe, 88, of Upper Montclair, passed away September 15, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Newark, Frank was known as “Babe” to his many friends. He was the Owner and Partner of Franklin Farms Produce and later Mr. Foamy Car Wash and also owned several commercial and residential properties in Belleville and Newark. Serving as General Contractor, he constructed two residential homes in Upper Montclair.

At a young age, Frank contracted the disease Retinitis Pigmentosa eventually losing all vision. Undeterred, Frank continued to face all obstacles with a winning spirit.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Louis and Nicholas Della Volpe and three sisters, Anne Meloi, Margaret (Dolly) D’Allessio, and Jenny Del Vecchio.

He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 66 years Lorraine (nee Lescavage) devoted children, Wayne Della Volpe and his wife Linda and Lisa Dennin and her husband Tim, and cherished grandchildren Tyler and his wife Sara, Jessica Greenberg and her husband Jared, Travis and Eric Della Volpe, and Meghan Dennin.

The visitation will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm at the LaMonica Memorial Home, 145 East Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, September 18th, at 10:30 am at St Anthony of Padua Church in Belleville, followed by the Committal Service in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Upper Montclair.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Babe’s name may be made to the St. Thomas the Apostle Youth Group, St. Thomas Church. Bloomfield, NJ 07003 To send messages of condolence, please visit


  • Visitation Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Frank "Babe" DellaVolpe

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Joseph Di Lauri

September 17, 2018

I have vivid memories of Uncle Babe. Growing up in my family I remember him as an extremely wise man. He was always available to speak with me and my mother about anything and everything.
He was so knowledgeable about business, finances and life in general. I can't remember a time when his words didn't echo true.
I know that although he was a successful business man he could have been anything he wanted. A doctor a lawyer or anything that he might have chosen because that's how intelligent he was. But most of all his greatest accomplishments were his family. I'm very thankful for all that he has done to help guide me as young adult. My only regret is that I didn't see him more with my children so that they could get to know their great Uncle. My grandmother adored him and would light up with a smile when they would speak over the phone or when they would get together. I'm sure they are together now in all their glory with God. Rest In Peace Uncle Babe and thank you I will always remember you!

Nancy Leonard

September 16, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the family which I consider a part of.. Mr D was one of a kind. I can hear his booming voice saying LEE LEE! He was always interested in knowing what was happening in your life. A deep listener The support he received from his family during his difficult time was truly amazing. Watching Lisa and her family undying love for him and commitment to making his last days as comfortable- awe inspiring . Mrs D you are a rock. Your marriage was so special and rare. The love and commitment you had as the vows say " in sickness and in health " really showed thru. I am blessed to have you as my second family. Meg and Ty so proud of you guys and how you cared for Gramps even when it got so rough Your an amazing example for my kids . Love to Wayne and his Family !!! Love you guys. Know your in my thoughts and prayers xoxo Nancy