OTT, Earl Francis "Frank" Sr., 84, of Plainville, cherished husband of Nancy (Stodder) Ott, died quietly in his home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Born on June 28, 1929, in Elizabeth, West Virginia, Frank was the fourth of seven children, of the late Curly David and Virginia Alice (Stephens) Ott-Sheppard.
Raised in Weirton, West Virginia, he moved to Connecticut to find work, living his life full of strength and determination, transcending the ravages of polio.
Shortly after moving to Meriden, Frank met Nancy, whom he fell for at first glance. They married and spent 59 loving years together, proudly fostering 37 children, while raising three of their own. Facing constant discrimination regarding his abilities due to polio, he fought for his position at American Cyanamid in Wallingford, where he would spend the next 40 years working in various positions, and always looking to expand his knowledge of the industry.
Upon his retirement, Frank and Nancy spent over ten years fulfilling their love for the outdoors traveling in their camper, visiting most of the United States and Canada. Frank had an eclectic personality and was passionate about music and photography. He played many brass instruments and the guitar. Both passions led him to pursue a fascination with computers to archive his family history with photography and music. Frank was a member of the Salvation Army, where he and his family worshiped and served.
A devoted father, grandfather and uncle, he will be greatly missed, leaving a legacy of love, strong will, and many happy memories. In addition to his wife, Nancy, he leaves his children, Earl Ott, Jr., Gini Ott- Crisanti and husband, Michael, Vicki (Ott) Harris and husband, Chad, Anita (Mahadocon) Ganaros and husband, Jim, Arthur Klein and wife, Lori, Jeanne Dominique and husband Don, and Connie Stula, 24 grandchildren, six great- grandchildren, and many, many nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his brothers, Edward and John Ott, and sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Demko, Ida Katherine (Kate) Brown, and Pansy Pearl Mayhew.
A memorial service in celebration of Frank's life will be held on July 10th at 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army 19 Stearns St., Bristol, CT.
Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foundation, Inc. 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.
For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.BAILEY-FUNERALHOME.COM.