Frank Merenda, 88, died on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2018, a holiday filled with patriotism that meant very much to him.
Born on Oct. 10, 1930, to John and Amalia (Vitelli) Merenda, he was a lifelong Bristol resident, veteran of the U.S, Navy, from which he was honorably discharged in 1955, after a stint as a radio operator. He was a man of deep faith and a daily communicant at St. Anthony Church. He worked as a typesetter at Hildreth Press before its closure, and then in East Hartford prior to retirement. Frank was also an active member of the Bristol Senior Center and of American Legion Post #2, where he rarely missed a Veterans breakfast. He greatly enjoyed attending community events such as the Tramps Dinner and the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Dinner. Frank was predeceased by his two sisters, Clara and Rose Merenda.
He is survived by a wide circle of friends including, Jim and Evelyn Salvatore as well as many others from his daily jaunts to the Senior Center and various downtown places to get his coffee. He greatly enjoyed reading the Bristol Press cover to cover, as well as watching the UConn Husky men’s and women’s basketball teams. Friends are asked to meet directly at St. Anthony Church for a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flower donations, memorial donations may be made to the Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol; American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Court, Bristol or to a charity of the donor’s choice.