R.I.P. Lieutenant Colonel Francis James Rago

Predeceased by his wife Mary Frances Rago and her daughter Donna Cyr and her son Richard Simmons, his brother Nicholas F. Rago Jr., his parents Nicholas F. Rago Sr. and mother Mary Woods Rago, and his grand-daughter Jessica Lyn O’Briant.

Survived by his daughter Margaret M. O’Briant and husband John T. O’Briant IV and their three children and one great-grandchild, step-sons Kevin Simmons, Mark Simmons and his son, sons Francis Rago and wife Chris, John Rago and wife Jeanne, Nicholas Rago and wife Carol, Richard Rago and wife Beth, and 11 grand-children among the Ragos.

Lieutenant Colonel Francis James Rago was 89 years young when he died of natural causes early on Monday, May 9th, 2011 in his home of 24 years in Waterford, CT.

Fran Rago was born to The Honorable Judge Nicholas F. Rago and his wife Mary Woods Rago in Hartford, CT on June 21st, 1921. From very early on, he showed much love and appreciation for many things and an incredible zeal for life. Called to arms while still in college, he joined the Army in his early 20’s where he served in Patton’s 3rd Army and eventually ranked Lieutenant Colonel.

After his retirement from the Army, he continued to pursue many things which kept his spirits alive through his life. He had a great love and talent for all manner of the visual arts as well as music. He had a philanthropic spirit and often volunteered his time and his talents to many people he met in passing, on to the Guard Arts Theatre, the Mystic Arts Assoc., Cohanzie School, Clark Lane Middle School, and East Lyme High School.

Not only was he musically and artfully talented, he was also gifted when it came to people. He was a treasure to anyone he met, and had an innate ability to bring forth anyone’s dream and to encourage them in any way he was able to, from a kind word to supplies or an instrument. He has been the embodiment of “People come into our lives for a season, a reason or a lifetime.” He has touched in a lasting way everyone he has met. He will forever be our everlasting Neverland Boy, who never wanted to grow up. And for that, we love him all the more.


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