Updated 11:05 am, Thursday, March 17, 2011
Frank Parise, 86, of Westport, husband of Frances (Kirik) Parise, died March 11 at home.
Born April 30, 1924, in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Santo and Concetta (Lasalvici) Parise. A veteran of World War II, he was assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a specialist operations machinist. He married his childhood sweetheart before entering the military and they moved to Westport in 1947, where they have lived ever since.
After the war, he worked for Bond Rubber in Derby as a tool-and-die maker and machinist. He developed a process to mass produce elastic bands, and moved up to become president of Power Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Bond Rubber. He also worked with Film Line Corp., developing a continuous high-speed color film process. He also started a machining/designing business in his basement that grew to be the Revere Tool Co. in Bridgeport, of which he became president. The firm did work with Electric Boat in Groton and the nuclear submarine program. He later became co-founder and vice president of Syntex Rubber in Bridgeport, where he retired after 44 years.
He coached many years for Westport Little League and Westport Pop Warner Football. He was a member of the Staples High School Boosters Club, and designed and built the first press box at the school's football field. In addition, he and his wife designed and built their Westport house.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of 69 years, are four children, Susan McManus (Timothy), Dennis (Ann Wiggans), Ronnie and David (Anne Dieringer); 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Tommy; a grandson, Ronald Joseph Jr., and daughter-in-law, Terri (Ottinger) Parise.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place March 16 in St. Luke Church, Westport. Burial with military honors was in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Joey Parise Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank of Suffield, 30 Bridge St., Suffield, CT, 06078. Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in Fairfield handled arrangments. For online condolences, visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com.