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Frank J. Raponi Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
On the coldest February day in years, six-year-old Frank Raponi fell through the ice into the Providence River. He was rescued by Joseph Cannon, an electric company employee, who jumped in the river to save him.

Frank’s brothers, Ralph and Anthony, relate, “The doctors gave our parents little hope for his survival; but the next day, he made a miraculous recovery.”

Twenty five years later, Frank rescued two elderly people from their home that was on fire. He was awarded a Letter of Commendation from the city of Pawtucket for saving two lives.

Ralph states, “He was very aware that his life was saved when he was six for a reason.”

Frank died at age 71 in August, 2013 in the arms of his loving companion of 40 years, Agnes Spano.

Frank, who had been ill for the past 20 years, donated his body to Brown University Medical School to be used for research.

In establishing this fund in loving memory of Frank, his brothers Anthony and Ralph and sister-in-law Letty note, “Frank was an avid believer of the Smile Train Charity where children from all over the world with deformed clefts would get free surgery so that they could live a normal life. This fund will forever benefit Smile Train, Inc., helping it to continue its wonderful work.”
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