Frank Aragona

Obituary of Frank Aragona

East Durham- With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Frank Aragona, affectionately known as Mr. A. Throughout his 85 years, his visionary leadership and unwavering dedication have left an indelible mark on all who have had the privilege of knowing him.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Frank's journey was defined by a commitment to service. After earning a degree in engineering at the US Naval Academy, he served as a courageous helicopter pilot for nearly a decade, earning recognition in the National Naval Aviation Museum for his heroism. In 1961, he married his beloved wife, Claire, and their bond remained unbreakable throughout their lives.

Following his military service, Frank embarked on a new chapter, founding The Country Place Resort, and later Zoom Flume Water Park in the scenic Catskill Mountains. His innovative spirit and passion for creating unforgettable experiences were evident in every aspect of his endeavors. Today, his business legacy lives on through the dedication of his children and grandchildren.

Family was always at the forefront of Frank's life. He is survived by his cherished wife, Claire, their four children, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, all of whom he held dear to his heart. Frank peacefully passed away in his East Durham home, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family, on Wednesday evening, February 21, 2024.

As we mourn the loss of a visionary leader, we also celebrate a life well-lived and a legacy that will endure for generations to come. Though Frank may no longer be with us in person, his spirit will forever inspire us, reminding us of the extraordinary man whose dreams continue to shape our reality.

Calling hours will be Sunday, February 25th from 1-4pm at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville.

Mass will be offered on Monday, February 26th at 11am, at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, 2052 State Route 145 in East Durham. Burial will follow.

 In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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Calling Hours

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 25, 2024
A. J. Cunningham Funeral Home
4898 State Route 81
Greenville, New York, United States

Funeral Mass

11:00 am
Monday, February 26, 2024
Our Lady of Knock Shrine
2052 State Route 145
East Durham, New York, United States


Winston Cemetery
Rt 20B
East Durham, New York, United States
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