Arthur William DeFrank
Arthur William DeFrank
  • August 17, 1921 - July 29, 2016
  • Madison, Connecticut

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Arthur William DeFrank, of Madison and formerly of Orange, died peacefully on July 29, 2016, at his home.

He was born on August 17, 1921, in New Haven, the youngest child of Joseph and Cesira DeFrank. He was predeceased by his siblings Anthony, Vera, Harry, Alfred, Clara, Edie, Peter, and Ernest.

He was the widower of Elizabeth Thompson DeFrank, formerly of Orange, Hamden, and New Haven.

Arthur was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater aboard the Light Cruiser USS Denver. He was employed for many years at both Grand Light and Olive Electric. Art was very involved with the Orange Little League and with the youth hockey programs in both New Haven and Orange. He was also a member of the Madison Sailing Club, and an active volunteer at Act II Thrift Shop in Madison. Throughout his life he had an avid interest in the arts- plays, music, particularly opera and dancing.

He is survived by his children Anne Liddell of Newton, MA, Christopher and his wife Diane of Wrentham, MA, and Peter and his wife Susan of Clinton, CT; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and Rebecca Liddell, Madeline, Grace, Daniel, and Jennifer DeFrank; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday August 15th at 10am in Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. A private burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery. To sign the online guest book visit