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Frank ‘Gig’ Marchese, 89, of Williamsburg, formerly of Troy, N.Y., Menands, N.Y., and Boca Raton, Fla., peacefully passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
Gig graduated from Troy High School, Class of 1945. He was known as one of Troy High’s best athletes and was a fierce competitor who lettered in football and basketball. He excelled in the 1943 and 1944 All-City Championship Football teams and was recognized for his excellence by being chosen unanimously as the 1944 All-City Football Player. Before continuing his football career, Gig served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946. He furthered his football accomplishments by playing center with the Troy Bull Dogs, a semi-professional football team from 1946 to 1950. Gig also was an outstanding softball player, participating on a number of championship teams during the 1950s and 1960s, and was well known as an excellent bowler for many years, achieving an all-time high score of 297!
In 1971, Gig was inducted into the first Troy Boy’s Club Hall of Fame. He served as president of the Italian Community Center of Troy from 1977 to 1978. In 1989, Gig was selected as an All Time Athlete for football by the Troy Bicentennial School Committee. In 1995, Troy High School established the Edward C. Picken Troy High School Athletic Hall of Fame, with its first induction including 28 athletes from the previous seven decades. Gig was selected to be among these honored athletes.
Gig worked for the General Electric Company in Schenectady as a welder until his retirement in 1980. In his retirement, in addition to spending time with his family, his passions were golf and rooting for his favorite teams, the New York Yankees and New York Giants.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luigi and Addolorata Marchese; brothers, Dominick, Charles, Jerry and Louis Marchese; sisters, Dorothy Crupe and Antoinette Cioffi-Miller; brothers-in-law, Gerardo Cioffi Sr., Ted Desso, Benjamin Crupe and Joseph Miller Sr.; and sister-in-law, Peg Marchese.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Caraynoff Marchese; daughters, Catherine M. Bennett and Dorothy A. Rakhra (Sharni Rakhra); grandchildren, Timothy Bennett, Anisha Rakhra and Ashlin Rakhra; sister, Louise Marchese Desso Bowen; sisters-in-law, Mary Phyllis Marchese and Josephine Marchese; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A reception in Gig’s honor was held in Virginia, where he passed. A celebration of Gig’s life will be held in New York and announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Soldier’s Heart, 500 Federal St., Suite 303, Troy, NY 12180; American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or the charity of your choice.
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