Frank Henry Sturgeon, 77, of Bristol, passed peacefully on December 28, 2021 at Bristol Hospital with the support of a wonderful and caring team. He was born on December 10, 1944 as twin “A” at Hartford Hospital to Peter and Harriet (Gainer) Sturgeon.
He always let his twin David know he was older by so many minutes. He spent his childhood in Plainville and attended the schools there. While attending high school he played football. He left high school before completing and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed for a couple of years in Germany about which he still spoke fondly. After being discharged from the Army, he worked for a number of years at Stephens World of Wheels as a mechanic. Then it was back in the military full-time for the Department of the Army OTAG-CT. He was shop chief at maintenance facilities first in Southington and then in Manchester from where he retired in 2004. Frank also volunteered with The First Governor's Horse Guard which had him drive the horse trailer for them. Dad loved to sneak treats to the horses. One of the trips he made with them was to a Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.
After retiring he loved going to tag sales, auctions, and to Costco to get samples and have a hot dog with his friend, David. He enjoyed keeping up with and helping the neighbors. He became a member of the Franco American War Veterans and really liked helping with BINGO. In the Franco's he was National Commander at one point and enjoyed a number of trips to Maine to visit the posts there. He was the proud Papa of Joshua and Ryan. Dad also loved to make big breakfasts and have us all down to eat. More recently life had slowed him down but he still enjoyed his TV, especially old westerns, being on the computer, celebrating family birthdays, ordering Chinese food, and watching the news. You could find him napping in his chair with his cat Bailey on his lap and his dog Coral close by his side.
Frank leaves his loving wife of 49 years, Charlotte (Johnson) Sturgeon, daughters Ellen Harriet Sturgeon and son-in-law David Arthur Tedesco and Carol Sturgeon Piwonski, two grandsons, Joshua Everett Piwonski and Ryan Phillip Piwonski, and a sister, Helen Jordan of NC. He leaves several nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Donald who was killed in action in Vietnam, his twin brother David and his son-in-law Ronald Phillip Piwonski.
Family and friends are invited to join the family for a Celebration of Frank’s Life on Saturday morning January 8th from 10 to 12 Noon with a prayer service to begin at 11:30 AM in Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol which has the honor of serving Frank’s Family. Frank will be inurned in the Columbarium at the Sate Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Ln., Middletown, CT this spring with full military honors at the convenience of the family. For directions and or to leave an online condolence please visit Frank’s memorial web-site at www.FunkFuneralHome.com
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