Francis Gaudino, Jr. – 2/26/2023

February 28th, 2023

Francis Gaudino Jr., died peacefully at home. He was born and raised in Chester, PA. He graduated from St. James Catholic High School in 1963. He served in United States Air Force. Over the years, he worked as a chef at multiple restaurants including the Candlewyck Diner, Jerry’s Diner, and Tresbon. He was also known for working for the Wendy’s Corporation and Burger King. He enjoyed spending time with his family, most importantly his grandkids. He enjoyed woodworking, listening to music, singing, sitting outside, watching the Game Show Network, and cooking for everyone.

He is predeceased by his parents, Sara Elizabeth Gaudino (Wilgis) and Francis Gaudino Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Barbara, and his daughters Kristine (Edward) Ratay, Maria (Erv) Smith, and Jennifer. Also, his six grandchildren Thomas (Kelsey) Ratay, Natalie Ratay (Spencer), Dominic Ratay, Sara Ratay, Jake Smith, and Luke Smith. He is also survived by his two great-grandchildren Easton and Calla Ratay. Also, by his brothers, Joseph Gaudino (Bonnie) and Anthony Gaudino (Judy) and many nieces and nephews. Services and burial are private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 290 Churchman’s Road New Castle, DE 19720

8 thoughts on “Francis Gaudino, Jr. – 2/26/2023

  • By Cori Lane on

    Barb I am so sorry to hear about your husband passing. I’m so happy my mom got to come up there last year and got to see you guys. I’m sure him and my mom are hanging out. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need to talk call me or if you want company let me know and I will come up. Stay Strong. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️
    Love Cori

  • By Elayne Oliver on

    So sorry for your loss. I miss younger times jumping the fence to play cards Thinking of you all

  • By joseph and bernadette moore on

    After graduation from Saint James (63) I met Frank at RETS in Upper Darby,Pa night school. We both commuted for a while and then did our military service. I never met a St James graduate I didn’t like. God bless you Frank and your family. Joe Moore (63)

  • By John Mooney on

    On behalf of the St. James High School Association and his 1963 classmates, I extend our deepest sympathies and prayers on your loss. On April 23, 2023, the Alumni Association will remember Frank at their annual Memorial Mass at St. Madeline’s Church in Ridley Park. May he rest in peace!

  • By Brandy Bannon on

    Barbara and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Frank. He will be missed by so many. God bless you and the family ❤️

  • By JoRene and Gary Queensberry on

    Barb, Gary and I are so sorry to hear that Frank died so suddenly. I know we haven’t been touch for a long time but family ties remain strong and we will never forget him. I know how much he will be missed but he will never be forgotten.

    Our deepest sympathies to your and your family.

    Jo-Rene and Gary

  • By Vicki Bressi Lash on

    Hi Barb, so so sorry to hear about Frankie, I know he will be sorely missed by his entire family. I hope your children and grandchildren will be a great comfort to you. God bless you, your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  • By Mary lou McGhee Buscaglia on

    Barb and family , I am so so sorry to hear about Frank I loved that guy we had so much fun running Wendy’s, he was a great person and a good friend to me may God bless you and family during this time of sorrow ❤️

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