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Fairhaven Memorial Services

27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA

OBITUARY

Frank Philip Garofalow

November 25, 1937January 13, 2020

Frank Philip Garofalow, 82, of Lake Forest. CA passed away on January 13, 2020 after battling ALS for over 5 years. Frank was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on November 25, 1937 to parents Frank Joseph & Teresa (Pagliaro), growing up in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. He served in the US Navy and followed the family tradition of being a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey and Connecticut. Frank began a lifelong career with Sandvik Steel and retired as the Pacific Regional Manager after 40 years with the company. He then continued to do consulting to help other managers at Sandvik to be the compassionate manager that he was and traveled the world to spread his wisdom.

He had a love of baseball and was able to visit every major league ballpark in the United States and a few in Canada. He enjoyed participating in fantasy baseball. Frank had a love of athletics and enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete and perform in a wide variety of sports.

Frank married Cozette Cervantes in January 1996. Frank was a devoted family man and adored Cozette. He is survived by Cozette as well as his three children Lisa Garrison (Tom) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Laura Valencia (David) of Poway, California and Frank Joseph (Robbie) of Canberra, ACT, Australia; Brother Gerard (Arlene); Grandchildren Nathaniel (Skye), Lindsay, Olivia, Evan, Kate, Anthony, Mathew, Miranda, Angus, Ashlee and Tyler; Great-Grandchildren Finn and Lestat. Step-children Michael Perez & Suzanna Johnson (both deceased). He has two beloved dogs, Willow Rose and Chloe Marie.

Frank was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, "Big GrandPa", step-father & friend to many.

The family has appreciated all of the support through Frank’s long illness. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the ALS Association - Orange County Chapter.

Frank’s Chapel service will be held on Thursday, January 16th, at 6 pm at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 with a Viewing from 4 to 6 pm. The graveside service will be on Friday, January 17th, at 11 am at Fairhaven Memorial Park, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Services

  • Public Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Chapel Service Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 17, 2020

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Frank Philip Garofalow

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Charles Phillips

January 23, 2020

Back in september 1961 just before I left to go to Kansas State University, Frank gave me his Navy coat. I wore that almost every day for 5 years. It kept me warm, and the pockets were deep enough to carry almost a dozen hard boiled eggs. Many times hard boiled eggs were the only food I could afford. Thank you Frank.

Richard Garofalow

January 16, 2020

Fourth of July at Union Place with the cousins. And fire crackers from the older cousins.

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