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Mr. Francis J. “Frit” Maida, 88, a resident of Valley Health Services, and formerly of 6 Sullivan Street, Dolgeville, New York, died Tuesday July 23, 2019 at the nursing home.
Frit was born in Dolgeville, New York on May 19, 1931, and was the son of Antonio and Rosa (Parra) Maida. He was a graduate of Dolgeville High School.
As veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he proudly served during the Korean War, and was a member of the Marine Corps Band at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Frit was honorably discharged in 1954, earning the National Defense Service Medal.
Upon returning home, Frit was united in marriage to the former, Marlene Circhirillo, on June 15, 1956 at St. Patrick’s Church in St. Johnsville, New York. Mrs. Maida predeceased him on August 18, 2005.
He retired from Remington Arms in May of 1993, after 23 years of service to the company.
Better known as “Frit” he loved his hometown of Dolgeville, and was perfectly content to sit on his front porch and watch the day unfold or in his earlier retirement years to have his daily coffee at Stewarts, and visit with his buddies. He loved his music and once was a member of the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, the Dolgeville Community Band and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church choir. He was also a charter member of St. Joseph’s Council of the Knights of Columbus.
While a resident of Valley Health Services, he was often referred to as, “The Mayor”. With his quick wit, humor and ability to make conversation with everyone, he made friends quickly with the staff and management and even the visitors of other residents.
He is survived by his daughter, Gina Maida Camardello and her partner Dan Dievendorf; a daughter in law, Pamela Maida; his granddaughters, Courtney (Jason) Eggleston and Kimberly (Lance) Mosher; 3 great grandchildren, Bennett and Cameron Mosher and Willa Eggleston. Additionally, a very special sister, Yolanda Marucci and a brother in law Anthony Circhirillo; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his beloved son, Ricky David Maida on April 5, 2018, two sisters, Mary Bullock and Rose Mullen and a brother, Gregory Maida.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Church on Helmer Avenue in Dolgeville, New York. The Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Terence Healy, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Burial with Military Honors by the United State Marine Corps, will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. There are no calling hours, but friends and family are invited to the funeral mass.
The family thanks Valley Health for their care and kindness during these precious years of Frit’s life, and especially those who care for him on 2 West.
Kindly consider memorials to Valley Health Services or to the Dolgeville Forward Program in his memory.
A message of sympathy or a remembrance of Frit may be sent to the family at www.robertsfuneralcare.com
His arrangements are entrusted to the Roberts Funeral Home, 3 East Faville Avenue, Dolgeville, New York (315) 429-3144.