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Francisco Lamont Thorne was born on August 1, 1956 in Cristobal, Canal Zone, Panama to Lee and Ruth Thorne. He came to the United States at age 2 and became a naturalized citizen in 1963. He attended St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School, William E. Grady High School and graduated from NYC Technical College in 1981 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Fran was recruited from college and worked as an AutoCAD Draftsman at the Eastman Kodak Company for 16 years. He married his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne Daisley. They had three children, Frances, Brian and Cherise. Fran and Yvonne celebrated 37 years of marriage. Fran held various jobs throughout the years which included being a custodian for his beloved Marianne Cope Roman Catholic Parish at St. Joseph’s Church. Fran was a loyal 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 4812. He was actively involved in Rush-Henrietta School parent groups during his children’s elementary and high school years. Fran was a member of the H.O. Professional Racing Association and loved to race his H.O. cars. Fran was also a NYS Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Fran loved sports, music, dancing, basketball, wing chun, bowling, golf to name a few hobbies. Fran was called “home” on November 4, 2020. He was a good man, loved by so many and will be sorely missed.
Fran is predeceased by his parents Lee and Ruth Thorne and his sister Ruby (Roy) Lodge. Fran is survived by his wife, Yvonne; his children Frances (Maxx) Salsedo, Brian (Heather) Thorne, Cherise Thorne; his grandchildren, Ramone, Aliyah, Rolando, Raelyn, Quinten: his sister Argelina Myles; brother St. Clair (Viola) Thorne; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends, his church family and racing family. Fran, we love you and will miss you. Rest in Peace.
Friends and family may call THURSDAY from 4-8 at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., 3325 Winton Rd. S. CLICK HERE to register for visitation. We thank you for helping us follow the state mandates during this time. Fran’s Funeral Mass will be held FRIDAY 9:30 St. Marianne Cope Parish at Guardian Angels, 2061 East Henrietta Rd. Interment private. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to St. Marianne Cope Parish. (Website)
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