Frank Charles Donofrio

December 10, 1921 - August 3, 2009
Frank Charles Donofrio

Frank C. Donofrio, 87, of Wilmington, went home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, August 3, 2009.

Frank was a warm loving husband, father and grandfather whose quick wit was legendary. His love of people and his sweet smile will be sadly missed by all.

Frank was born in Rome, New York, December 10, 1921, the son of the late Eusebio and Anna Marie Donofrio. He was also preceded in death by his first wife Norma Donofrio in 1981, a sister Vicenzia Vittorella, step-son Richard Reitz, step-grandaughter Naomi Cowell Bright, son-in-law Ronald Kendrick, and sister-in-law Marie Donofrio.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Millie Donofrio, son Lawrence Donofrio, daughter Cheryl Ayers Kendrick, her sons Benjamin Ayers, Joshua Ayers and wife Pawney, and two great granddaughters, Sofia and Isabella Ayers. Step daughter Jacalyn Cowell French and her son Joshua Cowell and wife Stacey, two step-great grandsons, Joshua and Trenton. He is also survived by a brother Joseph Donofrio, sisters Carmella Vella and Beatrice Graboskey and a host of nieces and nephews.

Frank graduated from St. Lawrence University in New York State with a degree in Chemistry. He retired in 1984 from Monsanto Chemical Company.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held 1:30pm, Saturday, August 15, 2009, at Scotts Hill Baptist Church, where he was an active member.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude’s, Memphis, TN 38105 or Yahweh Center Children’s Village, 5337 Blue Clay Rd. Castle Hayne, NC 28429, in Frank’s memory.

Online condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 41 St. Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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