Francis R. McNolty
Francis R. McNolty
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Francis R. McNolty, 81, a former resident of Rutland, Vt., departed this world on the ultimate road trip to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” December 3, 2012, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Ormond Beach, following a brief illness. Frank was born on February 12, 1931, in Rutland, Vt., son of Leonard and Margaret (Le Pine) McNolty. Shortly after the death of his mother, Frank and his brothers went to live at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1948 and was honorably discharged in 1952.
He was previously married to Marjorie E. Burton of Rutland. They had five children, Sylvia, Michael, Cathleen, Maureen and Richard. He subsequently married Wilma “Billie” McMahon in Rutland. Shortly after, they moved to the Daytona Beach, Fla., area. Mr. McNolty worked at the Daytona Flea Market in a variety of managerial positions for over 20 years.
Mr. McNolty is survived by his wife, Wilma, and his stepchildren, Jim McMahon of Daytona Beach and Theresa Dydo and her husband Tony of South Daytona.
He is also survived by his five children, Sylvia Power (Venne) and her husband Dennis of Johnson City, N.Y., Michael of North Clarendon, Vt., Cathleen Seaton and her husband John of Palm Coast, Fla., Maureen Van Buren and her husband Ronald of Gansevoort and East Worcester, N.Y., and Richard and his wife Darya of Poultney, Vt. He is also survived by two brothers, Robert and his wife Marie of Rutland, and William of Puyallup, Wash. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Nicholas and Katherine Seaton, Paul and Rebecca Venne, Jason and Katelyn McNolty; his great-grandchildren, Cody Whittemore and Audrey Wing; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. McNolty was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Richard.
An avid outdoorsman, Mr. McNolty enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. He always appreciated a good Boston Red Sox game. His hobbies included woodworking, photography and music. He loved to travel, whether it was a road trip back to Vermont to visit family and friends (making sure to stop for coffee at as many Waffle Houses as possible along the way) or a trip to Ireland with some members of his family to reconnect with his Irish heritage.
Mr. McNolty’s motto was “It only takes a nickel more to go first class.” To his family and friends, he was a first-class husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.
Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 16th, at the Clifford Funeral Home on Washington Street in Rutland, Vt. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 17th, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lincoln Avenue, Rutland, Vt. Interment will take place at a later date in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vt.