Francesco Rinaldi

Obituary of Francesco Rinaldi

Francesco (Franco) Rinaldi, a longtime resident of Katonah, died on May 1, 2024 at the age of 93. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was exceptionally devoted to his family. He was a pillar of strength who took care of everyone. His family will always treasure his deep love and big heart.

Franco lived a long and full life. Even in his 90s, he remained incredibly active and still enjoyed traveling, reading several newspapers daily, keeping up with new technology and walking at least a mile a day. Last spring and summer, he could still spend hours hard at work in his garden and loved every moment.

A child of World War II in Italy, Franco was an immigrant success story because of his drive, ambition and strong will. He was born to Salvatore and Francesca Rinaldi in Linguaglossa, Italy and the family later moved to Milan, where he was educated. In his 20s, he immigrated to the US, where he met his beloved wife of 57 years, Patricia, who preceded him in death. Their family was always the focus of their lives,  and their three children were blessed with a loving and secure upbringing.

Franco spent nearly his entire career at Olivetti Corporation, where he rose through the executive ranks due to his intelligence, work ethic, and integrity. He was named President of one of Olivetti’s subsidiaries in the US and served in that role for more than two decades. Following his initial “retirement” at age 70, he started his own business.

He took pleasure in many interests and activities that enriched his life. He was a natural athlete and loved skiing, soccer and tennis. He hiked to the summit of Mount Etna countless times over the years. He enjoyed going to the opera (Italian, naturally!) and Broadway productions and was a film buff. He loved taking on home improvement projects, always with a fine eye for the perfect detail. Working in his garden was a special passion. He enjoyed traveling and while he relished discovering new places, he returned to Italy nearly every summer. Franco was always happiest at home, spending time with his family. Every gathering included large meals, where he would continuously press more food on everyone. Franco’s grandchildren were the joy of his life, and they adored Grandpa.

Franco is survived by his daughters Lydia Rinaldi and Julia Stejskal (Robert); son Gregory (Alyson); grandchildren Andrew and Arianna; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother and sister.

A private family service will be held at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Somers.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.

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