The Frank S. Caruso Story

THE FRANK S. CARUSO, JR. TRIBUTE
January 5, 1970 – February 11, 2012

My son Frankie was forty-two years old. He had an infectious smile known to light up the room. He was also known as "Frank the Painter”, and a meticulous one at that. He took pride in his work. Then a middle of the night phone call turned fear into a nightmare. Frankie's life was taken by a drunk driver. He lost his father just nineteen days previous to the crash. My son was the loving father of a twenty-four year old named Frank and became a proud and loving grandfather of a beautiful boy named Matteo, five months earlier. Frankie, still grieving his father's death, met a friend for comfort and support. On his way home, a first crash occurred which also involved a drunk driver, who left the scene, leaving him without aid. Frank's car was totaled. He thought he was so lucky, telling his girlfriend, Cynthia, to come and get him. A state trooper arrived at the scene, taking him to his emergency vehicle, sitting him in the back seat to keep him warm and safe. Safe he was not! A drunk driver, at the speed of 73 MPH without breaking, instantly took Frank's life. The trooper was injured, and the drunk driver unharmed.

Never did I imagine losing a child, or never did I imagine the pain.

God did send a ray of beauty to the heartache through Frank's virtue on the day of his last resting place. It was an overcast day with his favorite band, "Creed" in the background, touching the hearts of all with the song "Higher". Suddenly the sun broke through, the clouds then soared up as angel's wings carrying him and enveloping the sun. Then a gentle rain came. Frank's tears saying,” Go now, there is no more pain. I am safely home in heaven.” The silence, the tears, the touching hearts was such a heavenly sight.

My children and grandchildren, with their own pain and sorrow, have given me strength from their hearts. They are my wings to keep me from falling. Through God and them, how would I have done it? I lost a child, but am still blessed to have my children and grandchildren. This devastating and heartbreaking tragedy has affected my life, my family, his son and grandson, his girlfriend and dear friends. We will never be the same without Frank. Each month we appear at the offender's court hearings. Anger lingers with some, but it will not bring Frank back. Forgiveness will ease the pain. We hope justice will be done. Take time to think before you drink and drive. It may save a life. Where Life begins LOVE never ends… Waiting to see your beautiful smile See you when I see you,

You are in my Heart Forever, MOM, Mary Anne Caruso

I SIT SAFE IN HEAVEN
As I sit safe in heaven, and watch you every day
I try and let you know with signs, I never went away!
I hear you when you're laughing, and watch you as you sleep,
I even place my arms around you, to calm you as you weep.
I see you wish the days away, begging to have me home,
So I try to send you signs, so you know you're not alone!
Don't feel guilty that you have life that was denied to me,
Heaven is truly beautiful, just you wait and see!
So live your life, laugh again! Enjoy yourself, be free.
Then I'll know with every breath you take,
you'll be taking one for me xxxxxxxx

Frankie - You will always be in our hearts, and at all family gatherings and Holidays. Mom, Your BROTHER Sam,(Linda) & children, SISTERS Rosie,(Dave) & children, Anna Marie, Cathy, Gina,(Angelo) & children, SON Frank and GRANDSON Matteo, and girlfriend Cynthia We are all proud of you being an organ donor.
Your precious gift has given two women the gift of sight.
Our hearts go out to all who have lost a loved one!

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