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Frank DeCavalcante

Frank Rizzo DeCavalcante

Sunday, March 15th, 1942 - Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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Obituary

Dr. Frank Paul Rizzo DeCavalcante of West Windsor was 78 years old. He passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Trenton, NJ he graduated from Trenton Central High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, and his doctorate in Victorian Literature from Kent State University. He fulfilled his life’s passion as an English teacher in Hamilton, Lawrenceville and Flemington where he became Supervisor of World Languages then Curriculum Director of Humanities at Hunterdon Central High School. He was respected and loved by his peers and students.

He loved reading, traveling, directing school plays but most of all a multitude of endearing and lasting friendships. Frank enjoyed New York theatre productions and movies.

Frank is predeceased by his parents, Simone Rizzo and Mary (Abrams) DeCavalcante, He is survived by his devoted significant other Claudio Marticorena of 43 years; his two beloved brothers, Robert and wife Kathy, Carl and wife Cindy; three nephews, Michael, Simone, and Samuel DeCavalcante; a niece, Cynthia DeCavalcante-Nurse; a great nephew, Tristan DeCavalcante; and two great nieces, Ryan and Alexandra Nurse; as well as many friends.

Christian funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 12:00 PM at the Hamilton Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home, 2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Family and friends may pay their respects Tuesday morning from 10:00 AM till noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Frank’s memory to the charity of the donor’s choice. Please visit Frank’s tribute page at www.brennacellinifuneralhomes.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Hamilton Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home
    Address
    2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road
    HAMILTON, NJ 08619
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  • Service

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Hamilton Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home
    Address
    2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road
    HAMILTON, NJ 08619
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  • Interment

    Location
    Greenwood Cemetery
    Address
    1200 Hamilton Avenue
    HAMILTON, NJ 08619
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Alfonso Corbosiero & Enzo Carputo

Posted at 02:18pm
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Aimee, Leena, Jen, and Megan (HCRHS 1990)

Posted at 08:54pm
Dr. D, we loved you. You saw us. You pushed us. You brought us joy, and a sense of what what possible. We were so lucky to have you. Thank you,
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Jen Mueller

Posted at 06:31pm
I have been remiss in writing something here in part because it forces me to confront the fact that I dallied in sending "Dr. D" a full newsy update earlier this year when we reconnected on Facebook ... and now it is too late to tell him all the ways that he touched my life, from soliciting a date for me to our senior prom (true story), to inspiring me to decorate my own workplace offices with personality (was it Marilyn Monroe who stood in the corner of his?), to introducing me to the still-excellent teaching tactic of being willing to regrade any paper as many times as a student was willing to revise it, to letting me lead the discussion in two or three classes my senior year on ... was it Dorothy Parker? ... and giving me a taste for teaching, something I have been lucky enough to do a fair amount of over my career. When I was awarded a prize for English at our senior year awards ceremony, it was Dr. D who presented me with the requisite $50 savings bond and, from him, a plastic fish in an envelope, on which he had written in his own inimitable handwriting, "Carpe Diem!" -- a favorite expression of mine (which he knew), and the perfect way to send me off with both a hug and a wink. That fish, and that envelope, have hung over every desk I've written at since--including the one I'm writing from now. I still cannot read what he wrote in my yearbook without tearing up and without giving thanks that someone so clear-eyed and smart and kind and generous and open and funny was a part of my formative years. We stayed in touch for a bit after I graduated (when he was the age that I am now), but I drifted and he let me go. I am so, so deeply sorry that I did not sit down the moment I found him on Facebook and catch him up on all the intervening years and hear all of his news and stories and insights. I know his big heart would forgive me, just as he knew me well enough to know I would struggle with the same. My deepest condolences to Claudio and the rest of his family.

Thank you, Dr. D.
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Anna Nicoletti Meade

Posted at 09:27pm
Dearest Frank. Thank you for being a dear friend and the greatest teacher I ever had. Frank had a unique ability to really see and reach people. He was the first teacher that really cared about me and what I had to say. His classes were very lively; lots of active discussion and lots of learning. And lots of laughs. While I hadn’t seen Frank in many years, we corresponded and I loved getting his annual holiday letter. We exchanged books and movies at Christmas, and I will miss picking out something unique that I knew he would love. Frank, thank you for what you brought to the world. I know you are among the angels and by now have got the whole place roaring with laughter!
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Thomas Keller

Posted at 05:29pm
As grad students at Kent State, 1968-69, Frank and I shared a desk in an office pod. I was introduced to his love of films, even before I me him, since he had already mounted a life-size poster of Kim Novak on the wall above the desk. This king of drama and I became good friends for the next fifty-two years, still sending me his favorite films this past
July. Fifty-two years and so many stories. As we visited in the summers, he observed one of my interests was gardening in Cincinnati. When he saw how my flowers and shrubs were thriving, he blurted, "If I tried doing this, I'd kill them!" In his honor I want to plant a memorial tree. No worries, Frank, about caring for it.
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2365 Whitehorse Mercerville Road
Hamilton , NJ 08619
Email: brennacellini@gmail.com
| 609-584-8080 | Brenna-Cellini Funeral Homes
2365 Whitehorse Mercerville Road
Hamilton , NJ 08619
Email: brennacellini@gmail.com