Calais – Frank Joseph Barillaro, 65, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Calais Regional Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. Frank was born in Meriden, CT on September 1, 1951, son of the late James R. Barillaro and Angelina A. Marcantonio.
After graduating from Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden, CT, he was drafted in the U.S. Army, serving his country in Vietnam as a helicopter gunner. Following his military service, Frank returned home and attended the University of Hartford and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Soon after, started his career with General Motors. He worked with GM throughout the Northeast for over 40 years, most recently at Pratt Chevrolet in Calais as the service manager. In 1988, he met his love, Donna Cole. Together they started their journey. After Donna proposed, they were united in marriage on March 5, 1994. Frank enjoyed working on model WWII era Navy ships, as well as model railroads, even being featured in an edition of Model Railroad Magazine.
Surviving are his loving wife, Donna (Cole) Barillaro; two children, Thomas Stabinski of Calais, and Cheryl Stabinski and her companion Tony DiLeo of Robbinston; a sister Carol Havey and husband Peter of Albuquerque, NM; a brother James Barillaro of Knoxville, TN; his father-in-law Ronald Cole of Venice Beach, FL; sister-in-law Sandra Roe and husband David of Long Valley, NJ; brother-in-law David Cole and husband Bradley of London, England; and neices and nephews as follows: Mary Catherine Martinez, Peter Havey Jr., Matthew Havey, Sean Havey, James Barillaro and Michael Barillaro.
In keeping with Frank’s wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island #300, Topsham, ME 04086. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.