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Frank Wilbert Ierardi 1933-2023

Frank “Chick” Wilbert Ierardi of Bantam, Ct. died peacefully on February 1, 2023 with his wife and his fairy goddaughter by his side.

Chick was born on June 23, 1933 in New Britain, Ct. to Earl and Dorothy (Coons) Ierardi.

Chick is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ahern, his daughters Laura McBride and Francine Bashir, his honorary son Scott (Sally) Perron, his grandchildren James (Jaime) McBride, Joshua McBride, Sarah (William) Cruz, his great grand princesses Jemma and Julia McBride, his great grand princes Cameron “Cal” and William “Scooter” Cruz, his sister Patricia (Bruce) Logan, his nieces Dr. Debora Logan and Kaili Sagal, his nephews Kevin and Brian (Marlyn) Logan and Drew Sagal, his great nieces Brittany and Samantha Logan, his great nephew AJ (Stephanie) Wright, his fairy godchildren Shannon (Kyle) Hassmann, Collin and Kelly Dunn, his Aunt Beverly Werner, his brother -in- laws Edward, Steven and Joseph (Geri) Ahern and Karl Sagal and family and friends throughout the world.

Chick was predeceased by his parents, his son James “Moose” Ierardi and his best friend Donald Perron – heaven just got a little more lively now that Chick & Don are reunited.

Chick was a tool and die designer for 40 plus years, many of them at Marlin Rockwell in Plainville and had a second career at Tunxis Golf Club. Chick was a talented artist and musician and played bass in a band for many years. Chick was very proud of his service in the Air Force. Chick absolutely loved and looked forward to spending time with the multiple generations of “kids” in his life whether it be attending their sports events, concerts, school events, playing games especially scrabble, eating breakfast together, watching Blippi and the princesses’ shows, going on all kinds of adventures – many of them where “there are trees” or just hanging out. Chick felt privileged to be there as the “kids” grew-up, watching their successes, celebrating milestones and welcoming their spouses, partners and children into his heart and life. Chick loved golf, his radio controlled airplanes, traveling, visiting family in SC and Fla, Deb’s piano playing, lots of hugs, cooking usually with a glass of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay in hand, his house in the woods and all the critters, his tractors, the Giants and Yankees, watching the games and talking about sports, the latest projects and wildlife with Mike, catching up on all the news with Kim, hot margaritas and a good G&T. Chick always had multiple projects going and he left Carolyn a number of projects to complete along with a couple of 6 packs of Yuengling since every project should finish with an ice cold beer.

Chick’s physical presence will be sadly missed however he lives in the hearts of many and will continue to watch over those he loves.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Litchfield, Ct. on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 1 pm.

Chick felt strongly that no child should ever go to bed hungry. Donations in honor of Chick can be made to Connecticut Foodshare, 2 Research Parkway, Wallingford, Ct. 06492

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