Frank Messano, chairman of the board of Italian Charities of America and a prominent figure in the Queens Republican Party and the Maspeth community, passed away Monday after a sudden illness at age 64.
“He was a presence at Republican conventions and had a great depth of knowledge of local and national politics,” former state Sen. Serphin Maltese said. “He was also my good friend.”
Messano was a member of the Queens GOP’s executive board on Chairman Phil Ragusa’s leadership team as recording secretary. He was a candidate for office multiple times, running against Democratic Assemblyman Frederick Schmidt in 1988 and 1990. Messano was a GOP district leader in the 30th Assembly District and was president of the Maspeth Republican Club.
Messano’s wake was to be held at Papavero Funeral Home on Grand Avenue Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at 57-15 61 St. on Friday at 10:45 a.m.Interment will follow at Lutheran All-Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village.