Salamon, Frank R.

Frank R. Salamon, 90, of West Hartford, husband of the late Dorothy Salamon, passed away at home August 19, 2017. He was born June 7, 1927 to Francis and Valeria (Czarn) Salamon in Norwich.
Frank grew up in New Britain, graduating from New Britain High School in 1945. After high school he served in the army in Germany at the end of WWII. Returning home, he attended what was then known as State Teachers College (now CCSU) in his hometown, graduating in 1950. In his first teaching position, he met and married fellow teacher Dorothy Kleinhenn on April 6, 1951, a marriage that would last 64 years until her death two years ago.
Frank spent 50 years as an educator in a variety of positions including teacher, textbook author, college professor and administrator. He was the first editor of Science and Children magazine. As the director of the Alternate Route for Certification for the State of Connecticut, he helped people from many fields transition to become classroom teachers. It was program he was very proud of.
Frank was a resident of the McAuley in West Hartford the past nine years. He was President of the Residents Association and had many friends among fellow residents and staff. He was well known for his booming voice, making announcements and calling bingo without the need for a microphone. An avid photographer in his retirement, Frank’s pictures have been displayed throughout the building.
Friends and family will long remember the grand celebration held this summer in honor of Frank’s life and 90th birthday.
Frank will be deeply missed by his children: Frank W. Salamon, wife Nancy, of Southington; and Joan Israelson, husband Tom Caputi, of Granby, and the light of his life, granddaughter Sarah Israelson of Washington, DC. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Mitchell of Farmington, brother, Richard Salamon, wife Brenda, of Bristol, and sister-in-law Tuula Salamon of Bristol. He was predeceased by his sister Gladys. Frank loved his many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family gatherings will not be the same without “Big Frank”.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 from 3:00-6:00pm. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Frank can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3 Landmark Square, Suite 330, Stamford, CT 06901.

Calling Hours

Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 3:00-6:00pm

Funeral Service


Memorial Contribution

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3 Landmark Square, Suite 330, Stamford, CT 06901.

7 Responses to 'Salamon, Frank R.'

  1. Jess Byrne says:

    Jessica Lee Byrne. Canberra, Australia

  2. Keirsten M Huttig Williams says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. As a teacher, I will continue to be inspired by Frank’s commitment to kids! I completed the ARC program in 1995 and later worked with him as a methods instructor. I have so many fond memories of his booming voice that was respected with the same love that it was delivered. He will be greatly missed. I hope that happy memories give you some peace.

  3. Fred Lowman says:

    Cheryl and I are sadden by your loss. Frank was a truly remarkable person who we had the pleasure of knowing. Will miss our breakfasts together in Canton and West Hartford and our weekly exchange of emails. So many memories and conversations to remember. Frank was the type of person you wish you could be. Thank you for touching our lives Frank!

  4. gretchen amrein sonju says:

    Joan, thoughts and prayers! Your dad was a remarkable man- what fabulous memories you have to cherish.
    Lots of love,
    Gretchen and Family

  5. Harold and Barbara Quigley says:

    Frank I wish to express our condolences on the death of your father. Prior commitments prevent me from being there tonight but as a pastor I have always rejoiced in the Resurrection faith we share. Llife does not end at the grave but continues in Christ until our grand reunion with al those we have loved. I am confident that the living Presence of Christ will strengthen and comfort you all in this time of major loss.

  6. John Devlin says:

    Ann and I are sorry for you loss and send our best wishes and sympathies to Frank’s family. He was always great to be around and told some good stories.

    We send our love out to all of you.

    John and Ann Devlin
    Colorado Springs, CO

  7. Donna Beaudoin says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. So glad you have many great memories to cherish.

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