Francis Nicholas Blundo was born on August 30, 1944 in East Boston, Massachusetts to Nicholas and Josephine Blundo, one of six siblings. Frank, or “Frankie’s,” childhood on Falcon Street was filled with innocent mischievous fun, and he was known by everyone in his tight-knit community. Never satisfied with sitting still, Frank could always be found doing carpentry work with his father, hatching plans with his brother Joe, or organizing a street hockey game with a group of friends.
As a teen, Frank met and fell for the love of his life Sharon at a beach party in Nantasket. They married, moved into a small house in the country where they later raised their two children, and immediately became ingrained in the fabric of the town. Building on the skills and work ethic he learned from his father, Frank started and ran a very successful glass company. Over the years, the small house in Billerica grew and grew as he built additions, gardens, and a pool area with his own knowledge and help from friends. He would recruit neighborhood children to work and learn construction on each of his projects. Many of these children grew to become lifelong friends and can trace their current careers to learning carpentry, masonry, glass fabrication or window installation by his tutelage. The Blundo house became the epicenter of his ever-expanding circle of friends. Every year, friends and family would look forward to pool parties on the Fourth of July, or the St. Patrick’s Day party that became the social event of the year.
Frank's curious mind and boundless energy caused him to jump into projects without hesitation and nothing could be done halfway. Instead of planting a rose, he would build an addition to a fence for a trellis arch. Instead of fixing a leaky roof, he would tear the roof off and add a new room. Instead of buying a tool, he would invent, build and distribute new inventions like the Mini-ini and Baraset.
Later in life, Frank and his wife travelled throughout Europe and the Caribbean, but his favorite travel destination was Atlantis in the Bahamas. Chances are good that someone remembers him in each of those locations.
To meet Frank was to have a friend for life. He will be remembered by all for his bright smile, quick effortless laugh and his innate ability to make you feel like family.
Frank is survived by his loving wife Sharon of 51 years; his daughter Kristen and her husband Tony; his son Jason and his wife Erin; his sister Louise and her husband Kurt; sister Camille, brother Nick and his wife Diedre; sister Josephine; and his treasured grandchildren Nicholas and Katya.
A Celebration of Life is planned for April in Frank’s hometown of Billerica, date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod.