NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Frank J. Garito, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died Sept. 18. He was 82.
Garito was born May 24, 1931, in New Rochelle, to Vincenzo J. and Rosina (Marra) Garito. He was a sergeant in the Army during the Korean War. He was the mayor of New Rochelle from 1970 to 1976 and prior to that he was a member of the Westchester County Board of Supervisors.
He was president of James Garito & Sons Inc., a family contracting company for many years. He went on to start the Asbestos Corporation of America in 1984. He was currently the president of the NDR Group which has completed over 1200 units of low and moderate income housing in New Rochelle where “Garito Manor”, a 102 unit senior housing facility, in the west end, was named in his honor. He was a member of the executive committee of the Buildings Trades Employers Association of New York City. He was the former president of The Environmental Contractors Association of NYC, Board of Directors and Trustee of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of New Rochelle, The Calabria Mutual Aid Society, New Rochelle Italian American Organization, Foresters of America, and Council 339 of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight.
Garito is survived by his children, Frank Garito (Kathleen), Stephen Garito (Maria) and Roellen Bishop; six grandchildren; brother, Vincent Garito; and sister, Ann DiMaggio. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Rose; brother, Anthony; and sister, Grace Danielsen.
Calling hours are Saturday, Sept. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc. 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23 at St. Joseph’s Church, New Rochelle. Entombment will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.