Eagle Remembers Frank Spano

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Frank Spano of Brooklyn Heights, known for several blocks around as the unofficial “mayor,” died September 23 at the age of 66. The cause was cancer, said his sister Donnie Militello.

According to the Eagle, Spano was, at various times in his life, an altar boy at Assumption Church, an athlete, a doo-wop singer, a soldier, a dockworker, an exterminator, and a building maintenance man, most recently at 145 Henry Street. He was also for a time employed by the Parks Department and involved in the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park. As the comments following this post indicate, he is remembered fondly by some of our readers.

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  • nabeguy

    Thanks for making note of this Claude. I was talking to a contemporary of Frank’s and he a had a nickname for him that seems most fitting…the Pope of Brooklyn Heights.

  • http://Roccoandjezebel.com John and Andrea Marcolini

    He was a great friend to many people. Always asked us if we heeded anything almost everyday when he came to visit us at the store. He knew tons of info on the neighborhood and was very proud living in Brooklyn. We’ll miss seeing his kind face. Much love Frankie

  • nabeguy

    Hey John and Andrea, it’s Philip Wilentz here. I never got a chance to sit down with Frank and record his history, but yours must be equally as rich. You know where I am.