Francis Cortina Obituary

Francis  Cortina
Francis Cortina

December 8, 1927 - March 19, 2020
Born in New London
Resided in Waterford, Connecticut


Francis Cortina

Waterford- Francis Cortina (Frank, Chi Chi), 92, of Waterford, died March 19, 2020 at the William Backus Hospital in Norwich succumbing to complications from bacterial pneumonia.
He was born in New London December 8, 1927 to Santi and Santa Purpora Cortina. He married on February 6, 1954 to Ida Apicelli Cortina who survives him.
After serving in the United States Army during the Korean war, Frank returned home and began working for Pratt and Whitney. Within a few years, he joined Pfizer Inc as a Chemical Operator. After a dedicated career, Frank retired from Pfizer with 35 years of service. Frank had a tireless work ethic. If he wasn’t working at Pfizer, he could be found working around his own home or at the homes of his children. In his spare time, he enjoyed travel with Ida, golfing, and watching youth sports.
During their 66 years of marriage, Frank and Ida raised three children; he is survived by a son Santo Cortina (Jennifer) of North Stonington; two daughters, Deborah Tewksbury (Eugene) of Bozrah, Lisa Rainville (Joseph) of Groton and a sister Elvira Champa of Oakdale; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister Rose Cosantina.
Frank was a private man who quietly loved his family. He will be missed dearly by us all.
A private graveside will be conducted in St. Mary Cemetery. Please share condolences on Mr. Cortina’s memorial page at




Graveside Service
St. Mary Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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