Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Frank Tornello

Frank Tornello, 70, passed away Nov. 5, 2010, after struggling for several months with a rare and serious blood disorder. Frank was an avid fly fisherman and a part-time resident of the Wood River Valley, spending the summer and fall months in Idaho and the remainder of the year in southwest Florida.

He loved everything about living in the valley, from the inspiring landscape to the unparalleled fishing opportunities to the pot roast with extra gravy at Shorty's Diner. Born and raised in New York, Frank lived most of his life on the East Coast and raised a family there, but relocated to Idaho with his wife, Rosalie, in 2003. He readily embraced life in the West and enjoyed every day he was able to spend here.

Frank is survived by his wife, Rosalie; daughter, Danielle Dean and her husband, John; son, Michael Tornello and his wife, Megan; grandchildren, Luke Dean, Erin Tornello and Max Tornello; and many friends from across the country, all of whom will miss him greatly.

A service to celebrate Frank's life will be held Friday, Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Light on the Mountains Spiritual Center, 12446 state Highway 75 in Ketchum. A lunch reception will follow the service at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Frank's memory to The Nature Conservancy/Silver Creek Preserve, Attn. Dayna Gross, Box 624, Picabo, ID 83348.

Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel, and friends are invited to leave condolences and share memories at

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