Frank N. Bongo
November 7, 1926 – March 16, 2020
Frank Nicholas Bongo, 93, died peacefully on Monday March 16, 2020 at home with his wife and daughter-in-law by his side. Frank was born in his family home in Niantic, Ct on November 7, 1926 to Otto and Filomena (Farina) Bongo. He was predeceased by his older siblings Samuel, John and Sue B. Ranelli. At the age of 11, Frank witnessed the Hurricane of 1938 wreak havoc on his hometown. It was a memory he carried his entire life. After graduating from Chapman Technical High School in New London, Ct he enlisted and proudly served in the United States Army. He was deployed to Japan during the Allied Occupation after World War II and was honorably discharged in January 1948. In 1950 Mr. Bongo started a career in Banking as a teller for the New London City National Bank (now Bank of America). Frank earned an Associate’s Degree in Banking from the Stonier School of Banking/Rutgers University and after 40 dedicated years of service he retired as Vice President/Operations. On May 2, 1953 he married his sweetheart Sylvia Peterson in West Hartford, Ct. Upon their retirements Frank and Sylvia traveled throughout the United States and Europe. Until very recently, they spent their fall and winter months in the community of Vista Pines in Stuart, Florida. Mr. Bongo was a member of several civic organizations and boards during his lifetime including the Niantic Lions Club and the New London Elks. He was past president of the Crescent Beach Association and the Eastern Connecticut State University Baseball Booster Club. Frank leaves his dear wife Sylvia, son Thomas (Karen) and daughter Terri. Also, his grandchildren Thomas Jr (Sarah), Jonathan (Lindsey), Cara, Alicia (Kenneth), Alexandra and his beloved great grandsons Alan, Nicholas, Jeffrey and Jacob. Franks family would like to thank Dr Brian Williams, Dr Brian Ehrlich and Dr Meghana Rao Brito for keeping him healthy over the years. He will be deeply missed. At his request, all services are private. Donations in his memory can be made to: The LAMBS Attn: Office of Development 365 Montauk Ave, New London, Ct 06320. To honor Frank’s wishes, services will be held at the convenience of the family. Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, Niantic is handling the arrangements.
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Frank N. Bongo
Judith (Falcha) Martino
March 24, 2020
Our condolences to Sylvia, Terri and Allie on the passing of Frank. Frank and Sylvia were wonderful friends to my Mom and Dad, Albert and Mary Lou Falcha. We have fond memories of them in Florida at the Vista Pines Community. Frank will be missed by all. We will keep Frank and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Judy and Gary Martino
March 22, 2020
Frank was one of the first people to welcome me to Crescent Beach when we moved in. He not only loved the beach but spent many years trying to make it the best it could be. He made me realize that it was an organization and group of people worth dedicating time to. He was a part of the group/team that made our present "Stand" a reality. Thank you for your dedication and spirit. You and your works will be remembered, My condolences to Sylvia and family.
March 22, 2020
I have very fond memories of growing up a few houses away from the Bongos. I delivered their morning newspapers for years and Frank would always have some words of wisdom each time I went to collect the money for the Courant. He was very kind and funny. After college when I moved back to town I stayed in touch with Frank and Silvia at their home in Cresent Beach. Frank was always good for some laughs and Silvia with her big smile. RIP Frank.
Dick & Carol Parker
March 19, 2020
Our sympathies to Sylvia & family. Many memories from long ago, esp. together at Goodspeed .
Dick & Carol
March 18, 2020
My thoughts are with you all on the loss of Frank.
With my deepest sympathy,
March 18, 2020
Condolences to Sylvia, Terri, Alexandra and Bongo family. Frank was a wonderful man who myself and family had the honor to call friend and neighbor. Frank was a pillar in our community and he left some very big shoes to be filled. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.