Dr. Frank Charles Sacco passed away on 25th of April, 2020 from complications of cancer.
In the words of one CSI employee “Frank was an amazing man full of so much vision and compassion. He touched so many lives and improved the quality of life for countless people. He will be missed”. I think these words pretty much express what many who knew Frank are feeling at this time.
Most people who knew Frank professionally are not aware that Frank gave amazing eulogies. Many friends and relatives, including his mother and father, received amazing tributes from Frank on the day of their funerals. In another time we would be gathered together in mourning, remembering Frank, retelling stories with laughter and tears, offering one another comfort and support. It is difficult to accept this cruel irony that this man of words and letters is being remembered in the strange silence of a global pandemic.
“Keeping Families Safe and Together” isn’t just a marketing tag line that someone dreamt up. It was Frank’s mantra. His purpose in life. Like many things in Frank’s life he took the “family thing” to the extreme. He didn’t think of the CSI staff as employees or friends just as friends, rather they were all part of his extended family often inserting himself often inserting himself into their personal lives much as a father or older brother might do.
Life goes on and the so does Frank’s legacy of working to improve the lives of people. Frank’s brother, Dr. Jim Sacco, who has been at his brother’s side for most of the clinic’s life, along with Frank’s daughter and son, Cristen Sacco-Dion LICSW and Dr. Frank Sacco Jr. will continue Frank’s work. Together with the support of the amazing staff of Community Services Institute Frank’s legacy will live on.
Communication with the Sacco family may be sent to the Sacco Family c/o Forastiere Funeral Home, 220 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Donations to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute are welcome.