Frank R. Cherico, Jr.

August 1, 1919 - January 12, 2017

Memorial donations may be made to the Dobbs Ferry Volunteer Ambulance Corps or a charity of your choice.
A memorial mass will be held in the spring at St. Augustine's Church, Route 9, Ossining.
Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining is handling the funeral arrangements.

Frank R. Cherico, Jr.
August 1, 1919 - January 12, 2017
Frank R. Cherico, Jr. of Dobbs Ferry, NY, formerly Ossining and of Ardsley, NY and Lauderdale Lakes, FL, passed away peacefully on January 12 at the age of 97.
Born in White Plains, NY on August 1, 1919, Dad graduated White Plains High School in 1937 and enlisted in the Army in 1941. He served in the Asia-Pacific theater as a decorated sergeant in the 755th anti-aircraft artillery gun battalion. When he returned from the war, he began what would become a 39-year career at Sears, Roebuck ' Co. Dad married Dobbs Ferry’s Anne Kemp in 1948; they had 61 years together until she passed away in 2009.
He was kind. Always put others’ needs before his. For years, he spent Saturdays driving across Westchester trimming lawns, painting shutters or chauffeuring relatives and friends who needed his help. Dad never met a bi-valve he wouldn’t eat, and in his 98th year, could still wield a clam knife with flourish – and thankfully, precision. Famous for his soups, he was known to disappear after Thanksgiving grace to pick the turkey clean, chop, mince, season, adjust – and then frantically bang cabinet drawers in search of the barley.
He was quietly and deeply religious, too, and expressed it in many ways – especially through his love of family. Foremost, he was devoted to Mom, and lived for her through her slow decline. And for us kids – Wini, Stephen and I – Dad never wavered. He loved us without limits, and boy, did we test them. There was that time one of Steve’s 4th of July bottle rockets misfired, spiraling up along the trunk of a backyard pine and igniting it like a dry matchstick. By the time dad had hosed it down to a smoldering pile, the Ardsley FD was across the street, trying to contain a wildfire along the NYS Thruway that had mysteriously erupted.
There were rarely such shenanigans among his three grandsons, Ahmad, Ramsey and Noah Safieh. They were the light of his life and his best friends, and they filled him with pride. Even at his most cantankerous, they loved him unequivocally in return.
He adored his nieces and nephews, and nothing made him happier than to house and feed them when he and Mom lived in Florida. He’d prep food for weeks, always erring on the side of entirely too much. On one such visit, niece Mary and her husband Bob Hevern videoed the inside of Dad’s fridge to capture the wonder.
Dad’s heart was huge – it had to be, to contain all the love he gave. His closest confidante and Shop Rite buddy, Jonell Robinson, made him laugh every day, along with a bowl of Campbell’s tomato soup and a turkey bologna sandwich. For the past eight years she cared for him with grace and dignity, and loved him like her own father. Our gratitude and love for her is unending. When Dad needed 24/7 care, we were blessed to find Beverly Nelson and Claudette Thompson, who gave so much of themselves to keep Dad comfortable, fed and happy.
He was also blessed with family who reached out to him regularly with cards, calls, and in-depth articles on the Miami Dolphins. In his final days, he was never forgotten. He never will be.
He is survived by three children: Stephen (Betty) Cherico, Wini (Wasek) Safieh, and Jude Westerfield; and three grandchildren, Ahmad, Ramsey and Noah Safieh. Also surviving are two brother, Bob (Alice) and Rudy (Margaret) Cherico. Two sisters, Frances Cherico and Frieda Passerelli, and four brothers, Ross, Arthur, Jerry and Vincent Cherico, predeceased him.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dobbs Ferry Volunteer Ambulance Corps or a charity of your choice.
A memorial mass will be held in the spring at St. Augustine's Church, Route 9, Ossining.
Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining is handling the funeral arrangements.

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