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Frank L. DeChino

March 22, 1948 April 5, 2019
Frank L. DeChino
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Obituary for Frank L. DeChino

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Frank Louis DeChino died at home, peacefully in his sleep on April 4, 2019. He was born in Orange, NJ to Louis & Lucy DeChino (Giambattista). He knew no greater love than the love his parents had for him (and had for each other).
He was married to Karen DeChino (Holmelund) from 1979-2002 and they remained friends for the remainder of his life. He is survived by his daughter Brittanie Baumgartner (DeChino) and her husband, Christopher. And, as he called them, his grand-doggies, Molly & Moses. He had an endless amount of family and friends (who were his family) who will miss him dearly.
He was raised at 512 Glebe Street (Orange, NJ), which had a revolving door (or window, in Butchy's case!) for family, friends and neighbors alike. Frank & Karen began their life together in Montclair, NJ, continuing the open-door policy for all. In 1986 they bought their first home in Rockaway, NJ where he & Karen raised their daughter and adopted a stray cat, Shauna (it was the 80's!). Frank & Karen continued to host parties with music playing (of course), bonfires, volleyball, and singing a cappella until the early hours of dawn. In the basement of both his Rockaway and Ocean Township homes he had a large wood-shop where he spent hours crafting and fixing things. He was always developing new hobbies; new collections.
He spent his final years in Morristown, NJ in the comfort and kindness of incredible neighbors and colleagues at Atlantic Health who, also, became like his family. They took him for errands, brought him cigarettes and snacks, and checked in on him daily.
He was kind, gentle, loyal, generous, and unique. He had a soft heart that loved without limitation. He was also hilarious - he made literally everyone he met laugh, he was magic like that. He had a nickname for every person he knew, sometimes many. He made everyone he knew feel welcomed, feel special, feel seen. He was loved by all.
His passion for music reached everyone he ever met. Named after Frank Sinatra (or his Uncle, depending who you asked!), he knew every song by Old Blue Eyes and read every biography out there. He also loved The Doors, Alvin Lee, Led Zeppelin, Doo Wop, Country, and so much more.
"With that cigarette and a trace of a smile. The way he flicks those ashes, like how he handled life, like he just did something great. And he did. And it was easy. He was just being himself. Frankie, dear Frankie, you taught us a great lesson: That it was cool just to be around and be a friend." - Charlie Brannick, friend from Orange
"His love for music and laughter set an example on how to appreciate life, family and laughter. May he rest in not only peace but keep that laughing spirit in all who celebrate his life “Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin” The soft parade has now begun!" - Gene Colicchio, cousin


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Visitation

Thursday

11

Apr

2:00 PM 4/11/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 4/11/2019 4:00:00 PM
Doyle Funeral Home

106 Maple Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960

Doyle Funeral Home
106 Maple Ave. Morristown 07960 NJ
United States

Visitation

Thursday

11

Apr

6:00 PM 4/11/2019 6:00:00 PM - 7:30 PM 4/11/2019 7:30:00 PM
Doyle Funeral Home

106 Maple Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960

Doyle Funeral Home
106 Maple Ave. Morristown 07960 NJ
United States

Service

Thursday

11

Apr

7:30 PM 4/11/2019 7:30:00 PM
Doyle Funeral Home

106 Maple Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960

Doyle Funeral Home
106 Maple Ave. Morristown 07960 NJ
United States
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