Francesco “Frank” Volpe, age 83

of Canton

Francesco “Frank” Volpe, age 83

Francesco “Frank” Volpe, age 83, of Canton, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Frank was born in Introdacqua, Province of L’Aquila, Region of Abruzzo, Italy, to the late Gaetano and Giovanina (DeSantis) Volpe. Raised and educated there, he immigrated to the United States in 1954 at the age of seventeen, settling in Boston’s West End. He graduated from Boston Technical High School, and then from Northeastern University, Class of 1965, with a degree in mechanical engineering, while supporting himself and his family as a full-time employee at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. He lived in Canton for the past thirty years.

He worked as a mechanical engineer for Masoneilan in Avon for his entire professional career of over forty years as a highly regarded expert in the control instruments industry. He was an active leader in the Instruments Society of America, and technical protocols that he authored are still in use today. His outstanding leadership and experience led to him becoming the most requested international technical trainer and speaker in his industry.

Frank was conservator of Italian arts and culture. He was an accomplished musician, self-taught in both accordion and piano, who dedicated his time and talent to performing and promoting Italian Folk Music. He founded and directed many church choirs and folk groups, including Il Gruppo Folcloristico Italiano di Boston. Additionally, Frank enjoyed oil painting and his renditions of scenes from Introdacqua hang proudly in many homes.

Beloved husband of fifty-four years to Fiorella (Mestre) Volpe.

Devoted father of Robert Volpe and his wife Karen, Mark Volpe, and Steven Volpe and his wife Stephanie.

Loving grandfather of Amelia, Sophia, Julia, Tessa, Eva, Gabriella, Antonio, Luca, Aria, and Leo.

One of eight siblings, he was the dear brother of Adelina Tiberio, Anna DiMonda, Paola Naples, Settimio Volpe, and was predeceased by Filomena Maistro, Maria DiNuzzo, and Mazzino Volpe.

Frank is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, March 9, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Wednesday, March 10, at 10 a.m. The Mass will be livestreamed at Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to Seasons Hospice Foundation at or mailed to 1 Edgewater Dr, Norwood, MA 02062.


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  • My wife and I are unable to attend due to covid concerns, but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • In loving memory of Frank Volpe…Great Engineer, Mentor, and Human Being.

    Frank was one of a few key people who helped make Masoneilan into the large international company it became.

    In his 40 years at Masoneilan, Frank shared his technical knowledge with a lot of young engineers, and also taught them how to be a true professional. I personally learned a lot from Frank. He was truly beloved by the people who worked with him, for he would never turn down anyone who needed his help. I will never forget the help and support Frank gave me on our trip to Maastricht, Netherlands after his retirement. If I used the name Frank to any of our Engineering or Sales people in France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India or China they all knew who I was talking about. His positive influence reached into every aspect of the Company. He was a true icon of our company and industry.

    My deepest sympathies for your loss of such a wonderful person,

    Jim Stares

  • The obituary very well describes Zio Francesco’s life. Of course, there was so much more to his life. We remember so well how Zio and Zia opened their home and lives to family and friends for so many special occasions. He taught us so much for which we are all grateful.

  • There are no words to express my sadness for the passing of Frank Volpe. He left a major positive impact on my professional and personal life and I am forever grateful for all what he did for me. Frank was not only a great mentor, a great engineer, a great boss, and a great colleague, but he was also a very good man, one of the best people any person will ever know. To Mrs. Volpe, Robert, Mark, and Steven I express my deepest condolences. Rest in peace Frank, you will always be remembered.

    Joseph Shahda

  • So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Frank was a true gentleman as well as a great friend. I personally had the honor to work side by side with Frank for a number of years, I enjoyed every minute of it. He was a consummate professional. Frank shared with me not only his engineering expertise, but many life lessons that I continue to carry with me to this day.

  • Dear Mrs. Volpe and the entire Volpe family, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Frank. Frank was my first boss at Masoneilan when I started as a Northeastern Co-op student in the spring of 1991. From the day he interviewed me I realized what a kind and decent man he was. I remember Frank taking his lunchtime walk in the nice weather, eating an apple, saying hello to people he passed in the parking lot or around the building, always with a smile. He was kind, soft-spoken, always willing to help, never judgmental, had a great sense of humor, and was one of the best engineers I ever worked with. He will truly be missed. I have tried to emulate Frank in my career at Masoneilan. He was the person I looked up to most. God bless him and the extended Volpe family. Our thoughts a prayers are with you.

  • The words that come in mind to the most who have had the privilege of knowing Franco, of living life together with him, are knowledge, humbleness, greatness of mind…privilege.
    Virtues that are associated with and recognized in a few.
    I started working at Masoneilan in 1988, I was just 24 years old.
    At the time I did not know anything about the valves or what I could think or try to speak in another language that was not what I had learned, as a boy, playing on the street, like all the children in the world.
    My curiosity on several technical challenges had no answers but not solid information… one day, it was 1992 I think, somebody suggested to call in US and address there my several questions.
    My reaction, simple, was to say “I do not speak a single word of English, I did not study it”… “If for this, you do not need it, here there is the number and you can speak in Italian; it is called Frank, Franco Volpe, and he speaks Italian”… that was they said.
    For me everything started so through a black thread that passed the ocean and put me in touch with Franco.
    I have so many memories… a nice dinner with him, Fiorella and Carmen my wife in Paris; many discussions at his home… because I had the privilege of being there, between a very good home biscuit and a sip of Frank’s grappa.
    The Olympics 1996 Blue T-Shirt Franco gave to me and I still have with me in a good shape…

    Once they gave me a book, it was 1995.

    “Paula” by Isabelle Allende
    One quote says … There is no death, …. People die only when we forget them.

    …, non mi dimentico di Franco di ciò che è per me, per tanti altri che hanno avuto il privilegio di conoscerlo… con le sue tante virtù e qualche piccolo – perdonabile – neo.


  • I had privilege to work with him when I was a young, rookie engineer with a broken English.
    He was willing to help, wanted to speak with me in Italian and we had nice conversation…not only job. Job was just aside. He was a very curious and kind person.
    Then, at my first travel in US, I had privilege to be his guest at his home. He left already company, so your invite was purely personal, due to a friendship and we had nice dinner, talk and I felt like home.
    Had this privilege couple of other times and I cannot forget my first US friend. A person with a big brain and big heart.
    My deep condolences to Fiorella and whole family.

  • By hearing the loss of Frank I felt like a very solid house was now without the main pillar . When starting working for my Company in the far 1985 Frank was the main contact for any kind of Technical issues .His availability and his modesty allowed to collect success after success in terms of orders ! Never met a person so good and open to help anybody .Cannot forget trip with the lovely family on the Amalfi cost ,as well as when we had a dinner abroad with foreign collegues and customers and Frank ,in alternative to sofisticate creams for seasoning the meals , asked olive oil and salt . We lost a very “genuine” person !