January 23, 1952 - November 10, 2020
Waverly, New York
November 10, 2020
January 23, 1952
Johnson City, New York
Frank Michael Como, of Waverly (formerly of Endicott), New York, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at the age of 68, after a valiant battle with COVID-19.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Como and his mother, Anna Como.
He is survived by his 3 children, Joshua, Janelle, and Katrina (Michael) Mallery, his sister Angela Jackson, nephew Alexander Jackson, 7 grandchildren, and ex-wife Sharon Williams-Como.
Frank received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University and practiced at his law firm in Waverly, NY from 1992 until the time of his passing. He was a member of numerous bar associations, Waverly Rotary Club, and acted as attorney for various local municipalities. We are quite certain that he is the only person who loved transcribing survey maps to text.
He loved to sail and drive...fast. Whether it was heeling the sailboat or speeding over hilly back roads, his joy was directly proportional to his kids’ shrieks. His favorite car was his vintage, early 1990s Mercury Capri convertible, and he spent many afternoons at junk yards sourcing parts to keep it running.
Frank was also a prankster. He encouraged his children to put creamers behind car tires, and routinely bought the loudest and messiest toys he could find and gave them to the little kids in his life. He was known to dance anywhere; at first it was to embarrass his teenage kids (which he did with glee). When the kids were too old to embarrass, he started taking ballroom dance lessons. His newfound hobby became a passion for him, one which led to his assisting with instructing Tango classes.
The jury is still out on whether he was actually related to Perry Como, but he loved to sing his Christmas songs. Simply put, Frank loved to sing. Anytime, anywhere. He sang his children to sleep when they were young; he sang in restaurants, in his car, and to his grandchildren.
The love he had for his grandchildren was undeniable. He loved them with his whole heart and never reprimanded or scolded them. They will miss his endless presents (cookies and toys), but they will miss his presence even more.
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to his Assistant, Toni Winiavski, for her support, dedication, patience, and hard work to keep the office running. We also thank the nurses, doctors, and staff on ICU 2 at Robert Packer Hospital for their care and compassion with our father.
At Frank’s request, there will be no services at this time. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. For those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Frank’s family you may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the Waverly Rotary Foundation at PO Box 717, Waverly, NY 14892.
From: Kathleen Seamans-Mike
Thoughts and Prayers to your family during this tragic loss.
From: Maureen Abbott
All of us at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., are heartbroken. Frank was a faithful and committed Board member and we will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
From: Jessica Lloyd
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of the family at this difficult time.
From: David & Rose Mumbulo
Prayers, Condolences, and Sympathy to Como Family and Friends
From: Sandra MCcarty
My sympathy to Frank's family.He was a great guy with a big heart. He loved his family very much and spoke of them often.He was my attorney and a friend.He will be missed.
From: Vicky Seaman
Deepest condolences to Frank’s family. He will be missed by many in the swing, ballroom and tango dance community. He made sure it was a safe, inclusive community while sharing his love of dance.
From: Jim testa
Sharon, I am so sorry to hear about Frank. What a great guy! My condolences to you and your family.
From: Jim Tornatore
Frank is and was our friend. His legal advice and dancing was spot on. Frank priority: Daughters, Son and Grandchildren. Rest In Peace, my friend
From: James and Tamora Wilson
Prayers and condolences to Frank's family. Frank was such a kind and compassionate man. There wasn't a conversation that went by where he didn't mention the children in his life. We watched him helping out in the community and driving around in his car. You could see the love he had for life.
From: Jim Dezzutti
Thoughts and prayers are with Frank's family. He was a great friend in high school and have many great memories of him.
From: Elayne Luis
So sad to hear of Frank’s passing. Memories of dances with Frank and his always welcomed helpful hints. His presence will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Jane Murphy
Beautifully written obituary. So sorry for your loss.
From: Don Sassman
My condolences to Frank's family and all the staff at Como Law Offices. He was one of a kind and a joy to deal with and will be greatly missed by the community.
From: Cathi Heslin
I knew Frank for many years through dance. We spent many hours driving to dances and many more on the dance floor. We also served in our local dance community’s board of directors for years. Frank was a true gentleman who was especially kind. He was considerate and patient with new dancers and was always inclusive with them. He loved his grandchildren and we spent time discussing our grandchildren. He was so proud of his children and the lives they are building and kept us updated. I am so saddened by his passing. All who were privileged to call him their friend will miss him. My deepest condolences to his family
From: Tammy Harbst
Aunt Chris im gonna miss you sooooo much,, even though you moved to California I still always knew you were only a phone call or a text away if I needed to talk, you're like a sister/ mother.... we were always together like BFF'S are supposed to be. It is so hard to believe you have gone
From: Mary Finlayson
My sincere sympathy to Frank’s family. As a fellow Rotary member, we will miss his stories and pictures of his grandchildren and learning of the accomplishments of his children. He is definitely gone to soon. Our community here in Waverly will miss him.
From: Ken Ast
I am deeply saddened to hear of Frank's passing and send my most heartfelt condolences to the Como family. I remember Frank very well as a high school classmate and good friend. My memories are of a guy with a warming smile, an easy laugh, and an incessant desire to have fun and make others happy. RIP Frank, you'll be in all our hearts, memories forever...
From: Monty Hughes
Frank, may you rest in peace. It was an honor to know you (and to play racquetball with you years ago) Your passing has come way too early.
From: Pam Wilber
My sincere condolences to the Cuomo family. It was always a pleasure to see him at the clerk's office in Chemung County. He was very down to earth and always had a smile on his face. God Bless. Pam Wilber, Chemung County clerk's office
From: Karen Harriell
I’m so grateful that I met Frank and that he encouraged me to join the swing dance community. He was a patient gentleman as he lead me through so many fun dance styles that I wasn’t familiar with.
Our loss is Heaven’s gain!
From: Kirk Martin
My condolences. I will keep Frank and everyone in his family in my prayers.
From: Kathy Stacconi-Ciaravino
So very sorry for your loss.
It's been many years but I remember Frank fondly from high school. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From: Scott & Debbie Pellinger
Our condolences and prayers to Frank's family.
From: Debbie Layman
My deepest, heartfelt condolences to Frank’s family, friends and loved ones.
Frank and I danced together as partners for over a year. His love of dance (and sharing it) was matched only by his kind, gentle spirit and the love he had for his family, especially his grandchildren. I hope you are dancing in heaven Frank. You will be deeply missed!
From: Lucille Duniec
Frank and I along with Tony Lacatena and Jim Moran were college friends at SUNY Binghamton. We had great times and shared many memories in Phil Kraft
From: David Boland
Yikes it so hard to believe. My sincere condolences to those that Frank laves behind. I so enjoyed see him buzz around in his convertible. So often I would see it parked near the County Court house in Owego.
Frank was a great advocate for his clients when appearing before me in The Village of Waverly and also in the Village Owego Courts. A life well lived and a job well done . RIP and dance with the stars Frank.
David G. Boland
From: Molli and Steven Navareo
Our deepest condolences to the Como family .You are in our thoughts and prayers
From: Marylou Chibirka
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending Prayers for healing to your family. Frank was a beautiful and kind man and a great dancer. I will miss him.
From: Joe Landy
I am very sorry for your loss. I have known Frank for many years as a colleague and friend. He was always a gentleman in any transaction or case we might have been involved in. He will be missed.
From: Lamberti & Shedden Families
Frank was a great man to know. He helped me when I first moved up to Waverly 25 years ago. I was on several groups with him in my early years up here. He also helped my family with upgrades to our wills. I had not spoken to him for a long time but sometimes I would see him in the village.
He will be missed. The Lamberti & Shedden Families
From: Pat & Kevin Burnell
I am deeply sorry for your loss. We have known Frank for many years and are also heartbroken at his passing. I know how much he loved his family and that he adored his grandchildren. Keeping you all in prayer.
From: Linda Bogart
My deepest condolences to all of Frank's family and loved ones. He will be missed at the Tioga County Clerk's office where I work.
From: Carmy Campbell
My deepest condolences to Frank’s family. I had known Frank since he was a young boy. As an attorney, he was kind and compassionate. He was so very kind to me on legal matters, on many occasions.
Rest in heavenly peace, Frank.
From: Joe and Sheryl Wolff
We were sad to hear the news of Franks passing. He help me out with legal matters at Airport Seniors Community and I will miss our conversations and visits. He was a nice gentle man who was a great advisor and always had a positive way to look at things.
Rest in Peace -- Joe & Sheryl
From: Orest & Marilyn Wasyliw
Dear Angela and Frank's family,
As you grieve, know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of Frank. With sadness, we mourn your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Orest and Marilyn Wasyliw
From: Deb Johnson
As my attorney, Frank was approachable and kind. To have a consultation for divorce is beyond nerve-wracking, but he immediately put me at ease meeting me in sock feet, then proceeding to share stories of his family. He let me know what was important to him and encouraged me to dwell on what was most important to me; taking the business of divorce as something on the back burner to let simmer until done. Having him beside me in the court was calming. He had already assured me that he would take complete control and cut through any nonsense on the part of my ex. God bless his family. I am so sorry for the loss of your dad and grandpa. I am grateful to have met Frank M. Como.
From: Francine Stein
Wishing my deepest sympathy to Frank's family and friends.
From: Marilou Pierce
Angela and Frankie's family:
My deepest condolences on the loss of Frankie. So many memories I have of him growing up right across the street of us! And I remember him coming to my Mom's funeral and how thoughtful that was of him.
You are all in my thoughts.
Marilou Mastroe Pierce
From: Barbara Kazyaka
I am shocked and so terribly sorry to hear of Mr, Como's passing.He was my attorney and took my case when no one else would.He worked hard for me and I will miss him.My deepest sympathy to his family and Toni.
From: Karen Kucharski
Frank loved dancing, especially tango. My sincere condolences.
From: Jackie Luther
I am so sorry for your loss. He loved you all very much. Every time I saw him he told me about what his children and grandchildren were doing. You were the lights of his life.
If you need any help with anything, please do not hesitate to let me know.
From: Rich Rava
It was late October when I called Frank to represent our LLC in a land sale. It’s amazing how one can relate immediately , even just thru a phone conversation. Ours centered on the Town of Waverly and it’s Norman Rockwell type beauty.
And also Frank’s Dad’s Barber Chair. Red and proudly displayed at his office.
My Dad was a milk delivery man. I helped deliver on Saturdays and summer vacation days. I shared a story of a barber in our little town.. Not only could you get a haircut, you could drop off shoes for repair and Get a few grocery items on the way out. We laughed... I was looking forward to meeting him.. May he Rest In Peace!!!
From: Lisa Battisti
I was going through the obits and saw your name. I am so sad that I didn’t know you were sick. I will never forget setting your tree up in the office and how you helped me win a case. I will never forget your smile and the words.....”stay quiet and they will keep talking and bury themselves”.
From: Heather Bridge
What a sad, sad loss. I can still see how his face lit up when he danced tango. From UK, I send my heartfelt sympathy to Frank's family.