Frank Cody

Obituary of Frank Cody

Rochester, NY -- Frank D. Cody, 78, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 following a brief illness.

He was predeceased by his wife of 17 years, Cheryl (Kuhn) Cody. He leaves behind his three children, Mark Cody, Jennifer Cody and Susan Cody; his sisters, Shirley Guentner and Kathy Van Duzer; and his fiance’ Mary Ann Kirisits.

Born and raised in Rochester, NY, the son of M. Clayton Cody and Louise (Leo) Cody.

After serving as a medic in the Army and honorably discharged, Frank spent many years in the hotel industry here in Rochester where he was the general manager of the Top of the Plaza hotel and the Sheraton Hotel/One Eleven hotel. For two terms he was head of the Rochester Hotel Association. He transitioned into heading up sales programs for a number of hotels including the Crowne Plaza (now the Holiday Inn), Genessee Plaza Holiday Inn (now the Radisson downtown). He was also named an honorary chair for the Visitor Industry Council in 2004 shortly before his retirement. He was also a member of the Rochester Press Radio Club.

Frank was an avid collector of model trains, and was the treasurer for the Rochester Model Railroad Club. He constructed his own train layout in the basement of his longtime home in Greece NY, where his collection of locomotives, boxcars and cabooses numbered well into the hundreds. Frank was also a skilled craftsman when it came to carpentry. He built his own house from the foundation up – all by himself!

Always one for a story or joke, Frank would launch into many of his stories with his trademark style. To know him would be to know one of his stories, and many of those stories he would tell over and over again. But, it’s telling that it’s “all in the delivery”, because those stories never seemed to get old.

Frank's visitation will be held 4-8 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane. His funeral service will be celebrated 11AM on Thursday at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3000 Dewey Ave. Donations may be sent to the Hillside Childrens Foundation, Adoption Services, 1183 Monroe Ave, Rochester NY 14620 in Frank's memory.