Frank Stefanelli, 94, formerly of 28 Dunn Ave., Jamestown, and Manning, S.C., died Friday, June 4, 2021, in the Lutheran Home.
A native of Jamestown, he was born May 20, 1927, a son of the late Salvatore and Rose Russo Stefanelli.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1945-49.
He received an associate degree in fire science form Erie community College.
Frank was employed by the City of Jamestown Fire Department from 1960-81 and rose to the rank of fire chief. He was a certified fire instructor and past president of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. Following retirement, he was a deputy State fire administrator and worked with the Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
He was a member of the Morton Club, Elks Lodge, Henry Mosher Post 638 American Legion, John W. Tiffany Post 53, Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, Knight of Columbus (4th degree), a life member of Moose Lodge 1681 and an honorary member of Southwestern Fire Association. He volunteered and served on committees that were instrumental in hosting the Babe Ruth World Series. In spite of all his volunteerism, he still had time to enjoy the coffee club and Fisher’s Family Restaurant.
Surviving are two daughters: Rose Ann (Scott) Kinnie of Pahrump, Nev., and Theresa (Charles) Erickson of Jamestown; a son, Salvatore “Skip” (Michelle) Stefanelli of North Las Vegas, Nev.; seven grandchildren: Adam (Renee Doss) Purcell of Butte, La., Patrick (Nissan) Purcell of Pittsburgh, Pa., Kevin (Shauna) Erickson of Jamestown, Stefanie (Patrick) Shay of Lakewood, Nicholas (Bri) Stefanelli of Orange County, Calif., Kara (Ed) Bellows of Concho, Ariz., and Jennifer Stefanelli of Rhode Island and seven great grandchildren: Zachary Purcell, Lilyan and LJ Bellows, Payton and Lucas Stefanelli and Hunter and Charlee Erickson.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ribaudo Stefanelli, whom he married January 28, 1950, and who died Sept. 8, 2009; an infant daughter, Monica Ann Stefanelli; a brother, Anthony Stefanelli; and five sisters: Elizabeth DeNitto, Virginia Rizzo, Matilda Martineli, Rosemary Bova and Marian Holcomb.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Saturday in the Lind Funeral home.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be mad to Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series, P.O. Box 1103, Jamestown, NY, 14701 or Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, c/o St Mary’s Parish, 12 North Canty Street, P.O. Box 1110, Summerton, SC 29148.
You may leave words of condolence at www.lindfuneralhome.com