Francis  J. Cornacchioli
  • Honor Fran's memory with a contribution to Boy Scouts Mohegan Council, 19 Harvard Street, Worcester 01609.
  • Boy Scouts Mohegan Council
    19 Harvard Street
    Worcester, MA 01609

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“Fran, your personality and talents will be missed by many. I'm glad to have known you as a member of WTC and to have met the fine fly tying talents...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Ray Riley - Wethersfield, CT

“Angela, Bob and all the family, so sorry for your loss. Peace to all. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Bob and Marcia Pereira - MA

“so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I wish i had the opportunity to at least have met him..Please know that I am thinking of all of you with...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Colleen Connolly - shrewsbury, MA

“There are few people I have met who have touched so many hearts and souls . I treasure our time together and memories of shared projects at the barn...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Bob Sheehan - Hampden, MA

“We'll all miss you here at "the shop". You were always our friend first...and a coworker second. I was saddened to see you retire...and had always...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Charlie Willoughby - Leominster, MA

“AnnMarie and family, Nothing but fond positive memories of your family growing up. I can say without a doubt that your Dad done one helluva job...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Anthony Brooks - Auburn, MA

“Janet and Fran's family, Sorry to hear about Fran's passing. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are all...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Sue DiTaranto - Worcester, MA

“Paula and Bob, I am saddened to read of the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers to you and the entire Cornacchioli family during this very...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Angelico Sweet - Worcester, MA

“Angela and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Michael, Marcia and Brian Mills ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: The Mills Family - Northborough, MA

“Rest in Peace, Grampa Fran! You will be missed! ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Jennifer Wall Jordan - Shrewsbury, MA

“We are so sorry about the loss of your dad. We remember him and you living across the street. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Lori Burns Stockhaus - Millbury, MA

Francis J. Cornacchioli, of Worcester, formerly of Auburn, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in his home with his family by his side after a short and courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 70.

Born in Worcester on July 9, 1942 he was the son of the late Bruno and Mary (Patriarco) Cornacchioli. He graduated from Worcester Boys Trade class of 1960 as a cabinet maker. He served our country in the Army National Guard.

His professional career included designing and building numerous displays at the Worcester Science Center, including exhibits in the African room. He retired this past summer from Exhibit Technology.

Fran's passions included many things outdoors: most especially his love of fly fishing. As a fisherman he remembered the words of Henry David Thoreau, "Many go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not the fish they are after." He was a member of the Wantastiquet Trout club in Weston, Vermont and the New England Fly Tiers Association. He was also a professional wood carver and many of his pieces won awards. Fran was a proud Eagle Scout and Chief Order of the Arrow Troop 525.

Fran leaves his partner, Janet O'Connell with whom he lived in Worcester; his daughters, Angela Cornacchioli Snell and her husband, Gerald Snell and AnnMarie Wall and her husband, Russell Wall, all of Shrewsbury; his sister, Paula Derry and her husband, James, of Shrewsbury; his brother, Robert Cornacchioli and his wife, Deborah, of Worcester; four grandchildren Ariana, Annika, Diana and Russell, all of Shrewsbury; four nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Fran's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester.

Honor Fran's memory with a contribution to Boy Scouts Mohegan Council, 19 Harvard Street, Worcester 01609.

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Saint John's Cemetery

260 Cambridge Street Worcester, MA 01603