Obituary of Joseph F. Irizarri
SPENCERPORT: October 18, 2019. Frank is survived by his loving & devoted wife of 60 years, Lorraine Irizarri; children, Ron Irizarri, Frank Irizarri, Maria (Patrick) Davis; grandchildren, Anna Maria Irizarri, Alicia (Cory) Kilpatrick, Amanda Irizarri, Joseph Irizarri & Patrick Truett Davis; great-grandchildren, Rowan, Sophie & Makayla Kilpatrick; brother, Jose Luis (Coqui) Irizarry; several nieces & nephews.
Frank's life story will be shared during his visitation, Monday, October 21st, 4-7PM at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.). His funeral mass will be celebrated, Tuesday, October 22nd, 10AM at St. Pius The Tenth Church, 3010 Chili Ave., followed by his internment in White Haven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Alzheimer's Association, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620 or to Lifetime Care, C/O Hildebrandt Hospice, 3111 Winton Rd. S., Rochester, NY 14623 in Frank's memory.
Frank was born on June 16, 1929 to Eudosio & Emilia Irizarri in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. He left Guayanilla, in the early 1950’s, for a new life in New York City. It was in New York that he, met and, married the love of his life, Lorraine on June 22, 1959. They went on to have three children, Ron, Frank and Maria. Later on in life they were blessed with 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Frank worked for Eastman Kodak in the Film Division for 19 years. He was passionate about most all sports, but particularly baseball, football and golf. He passed on his love of sports to his children and coached his son’s little league baseball teams for many years. After Frank retired, from Kodak, he became a softball umpire where he would often umpire his son’s softball games. He loved celebrating the holidays as he was known for decorating his home extensively for Christmas. He had many hobbies such as swimming, gardening and spending time at the YMCA. His favorite sports teams were the New York Yankees and Miami Dolphins. His musicians of choice were Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Julio Iglesias.
Frank understood the importance of being aware of current events. He would read the Democrat & Chronicle daily and was an avid fan of 60 minutes and the evening news. Later, in life, he religiously watched The Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and The Price is Right. Food, whether eating or cooking, was also another passion of Frank’s. Italian food was always preferred and universally loved. His fondness of sweets was obvious to anyone who spent more than an afternoon in his company. He was described by his family as courageous, adventurous and very active. Frank will be deeply missed and always lovingly remembered by his family and friends.