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Francesco Barbaro

Francesco (Frank) Joseph Barbaro was born on December 18, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant parents from Sicily and Calabria. He lived the majority of his life in Brooklyn, New York and the last ten years of his life in Watervliet, New York. He passed away peacefully, at age 88, on Sunday, September 4, 2016 with his loving family around him. Frank Barbaro was a Progressive Democrat, who dedicated his life to the progressive agenda, with the objective of making a material difference for the working class. His legacy of improved conditions for working people through success in electoral politics was achieved without compromising his values. He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1972 and server the people of Bensonhurst/Gravesend within the 47th Assembly district in Brooklyn, NY for 24 years. He was the Chairman of the Labor Committee for many years. He served as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court from 1996 until 2003. In 2004, Frank ran for the 11th Congressional seat in Brooklyn and Staten Island. This past year he was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention representing Bernie Sanders. He loved his family and is survived by his beloved wife Mary Patricia (Borysewicz) Barbaro of Watervliet, New York, three daughters and four grandchildren: Gail Cosseboom, her husband Jeff Cosseboom and their daughters Lauren and Katherine of New City, NY; Jayne Shalhoub, her husband Raymond Shalhoub and their children Robert and Christina of Brooklyn, NY and Elizabeth Borysewicz of Watervliet, NY. He is also survived by one of his three sisters, Mary Vena of NJ. His sisters Francis Paoletti of PA and Concetta Monte of NY predecease him. Memorial contributions can be made in Frank Barbaro's honor to the Innocence Project.org and Mary's Kitchen through the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 2416 7th Avenue, Watervliet, NY 12189.

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I am truly sorry for your loss. Frank was one of a kind. He kept true to his mission to improve the lives of workers and never gave up the fight, no matter the cost. I looked up to him and learned much from his perseverance and indifference to those who would mock him. Of course he would support Bernie, as I am certain Bernie would have supported him. I will miss his smiling face and welcoming handshake. God bless you in these difficult times.

MARY-JO EHRLICH Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

I am truly sorry for your loss. Frank was one of a kind. He kept true to his mission to improve the lives of workers and never gave up the fight, no matter the cost. I looked up to him and learned much from his perseverance and indifference to those who would mock him. Of course he would support Bernie, as I am certain Bernie would have supported him. I will miss his smiling face and welcoming handshake. God bless you in these difficult times.

MARY-JO EHRLICH Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

I spent my Tuesdays with Frank for past 6 months. I'm his sister -in-law & his Private Duty Nurse. I have happy memories of those "Tuesdays With Frank" we are all here to serve, I'm glad I could help him, he was a good man. Enjoy Heaven!!! Love Bobbetta

Bobbie Voland Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

I spent my Tuesdays with Frank for past 6 months. I'm his sister -in-law & his Private Duty Nurse. I have happy memories of those "Tuesdays With Frank" we are all here to serve, I'm glad I could help him, he was a good man. Enjoy Heaven!!! Love Bobbetta

Bobbie Voland Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

It is how this world functions - people that are here today will be gone tomorrow. Anyone can be forgotten, but not a man who chose a life of selflessness and generosity. Now that Frank is gone, let us honor and cherish his memory with smiles and not tears.... Wouldn't Frank have wanted it that way?

Steve Hoffman Sep 8 2016 12:00 AM

It is how this world functions - people that are here today will be gone tomorrow. Anyone can be forgotten, but not a man who chose a life of selflessness and generosity. Now that Frank is gone, let us honor and cherish his memory with smiles and not tears.... Wouldn't Frank have wanted it that way?

Steve Hoffman Sep 8 2016 12:00 AM

Mary Jean and children made a donation to Innocence Project Patty, We are very sorry to hear about your loss. From our family to yours, our most heartfelt sympathies.

Mary Jean and children Sep 4 2016 12:00 AM

Mary Jean and children made a donation to Innocence Project Patty, We are very sorry to hear about your loss. From our family to yours, our most heartfelt sympathies.

Mary Jean and children Sep 4 2016 12:00 AM

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