OBITUARY

Francis Gentile

March 11, 1944July 30, 2016
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Francis “Fran” "The Captain" "Mayor" Gentile, 72 of Kensington died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 30, 2016. He was born in Hartford, the son of Mary (DeMarco) Gentile and the late Edward Gentile.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his devoted wife, Ellen (Perry) Gentile, his beloved children: daughter Tara Bialek and her husband, TJ Bialek, and son David Gentile and his fiancée Kinga Kostaniak.

He also leaves behind his precious grandchildren: Layna, Hunter and Cade; his sister Donna Gentile and brother Stephen Gentile and his wife, Patricia Gentile; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him, as he touched the lives of everyone he met. There is no person that met The Captain, that didn't instantly call him a friend.

To briefly describe Fran is nearly impossible as there are no words to fully describe a man that was loved by everyone who knew him. Fran was a model husband and father which was shown through his work ethic, selflessness towards others and unwavering love for his children. He was a true gentleman who inspired everyone he encountered as he was a kind hearted soul with a selfless need to help others.

Fran proudly served with the US Navy and retired from CL&P after 38 years of service. After retirement, Fran took up boating and spending time with his family and friends. He stayed young by swimming daily at the YMCA.

Calling hours will be Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 4:00PM to 7:00 PM at New Britain Memorial Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave, New Britain. ( Directions Exit 37 off I-84 take a right at the exit, 1 ½ miles on your right.) Funeral services will be Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM at St. Paul’s Church, 485 Alling Street, Kensington. Burial with military honors to follow at Maple Cemetery, Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital. To share a memory with the family, please go to www.newbritainsagarino.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 4, 2016
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 5, 2016

Memories

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Carol Notaro

November 16, 2016

We were saddened to hear of the passing of your mom and now your brother Fran.

August 12, 2016

To Ellen and Family, we were so unbelievably shocked to hear of Frans passing.No words could ever express how sorry we are. Fran was very kind and wonderful to us at the marina. Our love, hugs and prayers to you and all your family. Vicki and Paul Dorothy

Diana Gilberto Ward

August 10, 2016

I'm so sorry for your loss. Fran, Stephen & I were friends at Nathan Hale Junior High... In the same home room... I remember him as a kind, mild manner young gentleman. Thank you for sharing the wonderful gallery of photos. I can see Fran led a life full of close family and friends and loved his grand children. There are some people who hold a special memory in your heart... Fran was one of them.

James Parent

August 10, 2016

Spent two years in the Navy with Fran and his brother Stephen (USS Lookout) I'm truly sorry to hear of his passing.
Two years ago, we were pleased to have Fran and Ellen to our home in Old Lyme for lunch and reminiscing. We knew how much they loved the boat at the marina and were looking forward to more visits.
Unfortunately we were not aware of Fran's passing in time to come to his wake.
Our sincere thoughts and prayers go to the entire Gentile family.
James and Laura Parent

Bob Peters

August 7, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Fran was a great guy who cared about others. He will be missed!

August 6, 2016

Although years and distance have separated the family, the ties that bind are strong. To Mary and all Francis' family I send prayers and love for your sad loss.
Dorothy Ricker

Regina (Tranchida) Dery

August 6, 2016

Dear Entire Gentile Family, My heart is breaking for all of you. Fran and I were GREAT friends during High School and many years later spending time at my parents house in Old Saybrook. I was fortunate to have married a very kind and caring person just as Fran was. I did lose him twenty years ago so I truly empathize with the grief you all are enduring. My prayers are with you all.

August 5, 2016

Ellen and Family,
I'm so very sorry for your Loss.
I remember at our Work Family events, Fran would always include me and love to tell stories about his boat and the work he had done to it with Pride and Passion. He was a very kind man.
God Bless, Timco

Raymond DiCenso

August 5, 2016

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Fran. As a company rep., in Labor Relations I spent many years neg. and dealing with Fran. We respected his sincerity, integrity and capability.

Judy Ortiz

August 5, 2016

I am so so sorry Ellen for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and in my prayers.

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