Francis DeSARIO

  • Died: March 15, 2021
  • Location: Dedham, Massachusetts

Holden, Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home

55 High Rock St
Westwood, MA 02090
Tel. (781) 326-0074

Tribute & Message From The Family

DeSARIO, Francis, 81, of Dedham MA, passed away comfortably at home surrounded by family March 15, 2021. Frank is survived by his devoted wife Geri of 57 years. Loving father to Patty Healey and her husband Bill, Francis DeSario Jr, and Lisa Balestra. He was a loving grandfather to 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
He is a U.S. Army veteran and a 40-year veteran of the Boston Police Department. He was a proud member of the elite Tactical Patrol Force for 10 years and finished his career as a motorcycle officer in Boston's North End where he was a fixture. He received "Badge #1" for his 40-year longevity at the Boston Police Department. He proudly covets his #1 Badge as a symbol of strength, integrity, honor and pride. He was also a member of the Blue Knights and the Knights of Columbus. After retirement he wrote a book of his memoirs and worked at Fenway Park as Security.
Frank is also survived by his sister Madeline and Jack Lehman, Paul and Ann Tryder, Ed and Judy Carroll, Valerie Nobrega, and Barbara and Jimmy Horne. He is loved by many nieces and nephews.
Frank is predeceased by his parents George and Esther DeSario, in laws Edward and Gertrude Carroll, brother Mike DeSario and his wife Audrey, and his sister Angela Tryder.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation in the Holden, Dunn, and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St, Westwood on Monday morning March 22nd from 09:30 to 11:00 AM. Following the visitation, a graveside service will be celebrated at New Westwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank's memory at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Frank was a gentlemens Gentleman. Always with a smile on his face. Always there for another. Rest In Peace, you will not be forgotten.

Posted by Ed Gaibl, Northeast Conference-US Vice Chairman/BKNH-IV - Friend   March 11, 2022

DeSario Family,
So sorry to hear of Francis's passing into the afterlife. I have memories of him coming into my deli in Dedham for so many years. And of running into him on many occasions while visiting my old neighborhood in the North End. May you rest in peace.

Posted by VINCENT CUTONE - Acquaintance   March 23, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I was lucky to work security w/Frank at Fenway Park for years and he was so much fun to talk with, he had awesome stories and was so caring, he loved helping people. Condolences to your family during this difficult time-Craig Dwyer

Posted by Craig DWYER - Milton, MA - Coworker   March 22, 2021

Frank was my BPD classmate in 64 always had a smile,a fine of the nicest persons I ever met. Rest in peace Frank.

Posted by Robert Devereaux - Classmate   March 21, 2021

My sincere condolences to Frank's family. Frank was the best of the best. When ever I would meet Frank on the street he always had the most warming and welcoming smile. My grandmother was Teresa DeSario from Terlizzi Italy. Frank and I could never find our family ties, but I know in my heart that we are cousins. Rest in Peace Frank.
Joe Mastrorilli retired MBTA Police

Posted by Joseph Mastrorilli - VENICE, FL - friend   March 21, 2021

The first description out of anyone’s mouth when describing Franks: he is a real gentleman. He always had a kind word to say, and was willing to lend a helping hand or advice. I will always have the fond memories of working with Frank on the BPD.....may he rest in peace

Posted by Harry Cataldo - Coworker   March 19, 2021

Frank was a great guy and a great Cop. I remembert Frank from my days working at the State House with the Mass State Police. I remember Frank letting my oldest Granddaughter sit on his BP Motorcycle for a photo shoot...Often saw him on his bike in the North End..He will be missed by all who knew him....RIP Frank...

Posted by Tom Beaulieu - Friend   March 19, 2021

May God bless you and your family Geri. It has been awhile, but it was always nice to see Frank with you, when you would come to the Cape.

Posted by Paul Nahass - Acquaintance   March 18, 2021

Geri and family,
We were so very sorry to learn of Frank’s death. He was such a nice guy, always smiling and happy. We will keep him and all of you in our prayers.

Posted by Anne & Mike DeMarco - Family   March 18, 2021

I had the honor of working with Frank for many years in the TPF. He was a good and descent man who dedicated his life in the service of the citizens of the City of Boston. There were few in the north End or Government Center who did not know him and have the greatest respect for Frank.
He was always a pleasure to be around and I am sure will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Rest in Peace my friend, your Form 16 is approved.

Posted by Brendan D Flynn - Naples, FL - Coworker   March 18, 2021

I had the pleasure of working at Fenway with Frank for 8 seasons, during that time Frank was always one of the first people to greet me before I’d clock in. He had a rare way about him, making you feel like you were his favorite person in the world, that everything you did or said was so special. Years after leaving Fenway I’d always make sure that I’d stop and visit Frank, Jack and Beau. No visit was complete without a hug from Frank. Thank you for being you, Frank. Love and thoughts are with all of the DeSarios and Frank’s countless friends.

Posted by Molly Cahill - Coworker   March 17, 2021

Frank was the first person that would greet me as I entered Fenway Park to report to work. We always chatted about our favorite wines, cannolis and the beach. I was excited to have Frank sign a copy of his book Badge #1 for me and display it proudly on my bookcase. I will certainly miss him and our talks together. RIP dear friend.
Debbie Russell
Your Fenway family

Posted by Debbie Russell - Coworker   March 17, 2021

Frankie was one of the Good Guys. Always a gentleman in the finest traditions. He will be missed by all. Always had that little grin.

Posted by Ed Gaibl - Friend   March 17, 2021

Frank was truly one of the best to ever serve on the Boston Police Department who proudly wore badge Number “1” as senior patrolman on the job, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Rest In Peace my friend.

Posted by Bill Carroll, BPD Ret. - Friend   March 17, 2021

We always remember the good times we had with the family. He will always be in our hearts.

Posted by Anthony & Josephine BenedettI - Friend   March 17, 2021