Frank Orfei

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Born in White Plains, NY on October 16, 1926

Departed on January 12, 2021 and resided in West Harrison, NY

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Frank Orfeia long-time resident of West Harrison, passed away peacefully, at his home on January 12th of heart failure. Frank was born on October 16th 1926, at home by a midwife, in White Plains. Predeceased by his parents John and Natalina Morettini Orfei. He was educated in the White Plains Schools and joined the Marine Corps. He fought in the Battle of Okinawa and was in Guam when the war ended. He was sent to China for 8 months to help in repatriation. In 1951 he married the love of his life, Margaret [Peggy} Newman, at St. John's Church in White Plains. He joined the Harrison Police department, and served as a President of the PBA. After retirement he was a facility manager for Pepsi International in Purchase and Somers NY. He retired in 1995. He is survived by his son Frank of West Harrison, wife Gail and children Adam {fiancé Samantha} and Gabrielle {AJ}. Son Stephen of Katonah, partner Kelly Smith and children Tara {fiancé Stephen Forlini}and Stephen {Christine}, great grandson Cormac. Grandson William and daughter in law Elise. Brother John {Anne} and sister Ann {Chuck) Witzel and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his beloved wife, of 62 years, Peggy and loving son John. Also predeceased by sisters Philomena Schroeder and Viola Supeau.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 85 Harrison Street, West Harrison, NY 10604.

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  1. Connie & Bob Mayes January 12, 2021 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Dear Frank, Gail, & Family,
    Bob & I send our deepest sympathy on the passing away of your dad. We hope you find some comfort in your special memories. May the love of family and friends console and strengthen you in the days ahead; may our Lord give your dad eternal rest. Hugs & Love, Connie & Bob

  2. Andy Freed & Catherine Denn Freed January 13, 2021 at 9:53 am - Reply

    So worry to hear of the passing of Frank–I’ll confess, I never heard his first name before, I was always tickled that Stephen always referred to him as “Pops”. His obituary is a life well lived and his legacy is one of a loving family left behind. Our thoughts are with the Orfei family at this time.

    Andy & Catherine

  3. Louis Dorio January 13, 2021 at 10:03 am - Reply

    While I didn’t work with Frank, (he retired the year before I started), I felt it an honor to know him and associate with our retired group. My condolences to his family. R.I.P. brother in blue.

  4. David Hall January 13, 2021 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I am terribly sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. I never worked for him but saw and talked with him many, many times at functions and businesses in the Silver Lake area. I pray that he rests in peace.

  5. John Sacco January 13, 2021 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    And when I get to heaven Saint Peter I will tell another marine reporting sir I serve my time in hell. Semper fi To the greatest generation.

  6. Bob & Maria Russo January 13, 2021 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Stephen, Your Dad sounds like an amazing man. I remember the love in your voice and eyes every time you would tell us about him. What a wonderful Patriarch he was to you and your whole family. We know you have many loving memories of him and we know that will keep him forever alive in your heart.

  7. Carl Narvesen January 14, 2021 at 8:10 am - Reply

    I consider myself lucky to have known and worked with Frank, he was truly an amazing person. Full of Life and a Happy-go-Lucky personality. Frank was a dedicated Police Officer and Loved Serving the Town of Harrison. Frank was a mentor to me and many of my fellow officers and showed us how to be a good police officer. I miss him and his wife Peggy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and he will always remain in our hearts.

  8. Carl Narvesen January 14, 2021 at 8:18 am - Reply

    I was truly fortunate to have known and worked with Frank. Frank was full of life and had such a happy-go-lucky personality. Frank was a mentor to me and many of my fellow police officers. Frank truly loved serving the Town of Harrison. I will miss him, as I miss his wife Peggy, they were always gracious and helpful to all. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family at this time.

  9. Rocco Magnotta January 14, 2021 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Sincere condolences to you and all your family, Frank and Gail. Mary Ann is at home with COVID but asked me to extend her deepest sympathy. Frank, your dad obviously accomplished a great deal in his lifetime and made the world a better place through his illustrious achievements. May he rest in peace. Love and prayers,


  10. Ann Damiano January 14, 2021 at 11:15 am - Reply

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your dad, Frank Orfei, I remember him working with my dad on the Harrison Police Dept (Vincent James Grillo) he was at our home many times in West Harrison. Your dad was a great man and I extend to each of you my deepest condolences. May his memory always be for a blessing,

    With love,

    Annie (Grillo) Damiano
    Purchase, New York

  11. Judy and Steve January 14, 2021 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Frank, Gail, Stephen, Kelly and family,
    Steve and I are so very sorry to hear of your Dad’s recent passing. His was truly a life very well lived, and I remember him always being so full of life and also of being so proud of his children and grandchildren. May his memory sustain you at a most difficult time. Love, Judy, Steve and family

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