NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Frank J. Gromer, longtime resident of New Canaan, died Saturday, May 10. He was 88.
Gromer was born June 1, 1925, in New York City, he was the son of Frank and Mary Gromer. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and saw service in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He joined the advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding in 1947 and spent his entire 40-year career with that company. He was a senior vice president and corporate director of media when he retired in 1986.
He was a founding member of the Media Directors’ Council and its first president. He served on the Media Policy Committee of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and was a member of the Radio and Television Research Council. He was a member of the board and on the executive committee of Advertising Information Services for over 20 years.
He was a member of Saint Aloysius parish, serving over the years as lector, fund-raiser, and chairman of the rational planning committee of the Sisters of Notre Dame. He was a past member of Silver Spring Country Club and a member of the Senior Men’s Club of New Canaan.
Gromer is survived by his daughters, Ellen Schiavone (Nicholas) of Rye, N.Y., Jeanne Gromer (Thomas) Smith, of Jamul, Calif.; son, Paul Gromer (Karen O’Toole) of Concord, Mass.; daughter-in-law, Crystal Gromer of San Francisco, Calif.; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Mark Gromer; and wife, Carol.
Calling hours are Thursday, May 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St., New Canaan. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 16 at Saint Aloysius Church in New Canaan followed by burial in Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan.
Contributions in Gromer’s memory may be made to the Mark F. Gromer Memorial Fund at Middlebury College. For more information, please visit: http://www.hoytfuneralhome.com
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