Sunday: Memorial service for former firefighter Frank Vitale


A memorial to celebrate the life of Frank Tom Vitale is set for Sunday, Aug. 9, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church at 2250 Avy St. in Menlo Park.

Mr. Vitale, who died May 12, was a firefighter for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District for a decade and a resident of Menlo Park and Atherton for 15 years, his family said. He was 84.

Mr. Vitale was a native of San Francisco, attended school in the Ravenswood City Elementary and Sequoia Union High School districts, and joined the U.S. Marine Corp in 1947, from which he was honorably discharged in 1950.

Among his careers, along with firefighting, Mr. Vitale owned and tended a bar in Santa Cruz, managed food services in national parks in California and Missouri, taught at a culinary institute in Baltimore, and was a maitre d' at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco and the Bohemian Grove summer camp.

He enjoyed cooking and being with friends and family, and made a deep impression on people, his family said.

Mr. Vitale is survived by daughters Tony and Frankie of Los Angeles and Vicky of Alaska; and son Danny of Australia.

The family recommends that donations in Mr. Vitale's memory be made to the Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation at 20 Park Road, Suite #E in Burlingame, 94010, and the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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