Francesco (“Frank”) Donato, of Hull, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sept. 29. He was 79.
The beloved husband of 52 years to Maria (Calabria) Donato, of Hull, he was the cherished father of Joseph Donato and his wife, Janet, of Hull; Maria Wheaton and her husband, Brian, of Abington; Fabrizio Donato and his wife, Kerry, of Hull; Michael Donato, of North Attleboro; and Francesco Donato and his wife, Meaghan, of Rockland. He was the brother of Maria Joiris, of Belgium; Paulo Donato, of Italy; and the late Carmela Ventorini and Nicola Donato. He was devoted Nonno to Thomas, Alyssa, Giuliana, Zachary, Aria, Owen, and Logan. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Frank was born and raised in Sambiase-Lamezia Terme, Italy. He served in the Italian Army and then moved to the United States. He married the love of his life, Maria (Calabria), and together they raised their five children. He was a longtime resident of Hull, living here since 1969.
Frank worked as a carpenter, bricklayer, and, in the latter part of his career, a laborer for Local 133 for 20 plus years. He had a strong work ethic and passed that along to his family.
In his free time, Frank enjoyed gardening, walking (especially along Nantasket Beach), and spending time with his grandchildren. Proud of his Italian roots, he loved to watch Italian soccer. He loved his garden, especially his tomatoes and his cherished fig tree.
Frank will be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, and a cherished Nonno. He will be sadly missed by all those who were blessed to have had him in their lives.
A Celebration of Life service was held on Wednesday prior to the funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Hull. Burial took place in Hull Village Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Frank can be made to American Lung Association in Massachusetts, 1661 Worcester Road, Suite 301, Framingham, MA 01701.
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