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Frank Cesario, 75, Stamford Resident

Frank Cesario
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STAMFORD, Conn. -- Frank "Frankie the Chef" Cesario, of Stamford, died on Wednesday, March 16. He was 74.

Born in Italy, Cesario came to Stamford in 1953. He began working at The Brass Rail Restaurant for John Tassitano. He went from washing dishes and cleaning tables to becoming a well known chef in the area. Cesario worked in many area restaurants, including Jack Daniels in Greenwich, Italian Center Men's Club and The Piedmont Club.

He is survived by his daughter, Angela Frantzis and her husband John; grandchildren Steven Evangelos and Niki Frantzis and his ex-wife and friend, Joanne Cesario; sister-in-law Diane Mollo; brother-in-law Donald Vitti; many nieces and nephews; and his recent roommate and friend, Benjamin Whittaker.

Cesario was predeceased by his parents, Giovanni and Marietta, and his siblings, Tina Sammarco, Rose Iantorno and Antonio.

Visiting hours will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at the Lacerenza Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8 Schuyler Ave., in Stamford. A mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., in Stamford. Interment will follow at St. John's Cemetery, in Darien.

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