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Obituary of Francis Wallingford


Francis I. Wallingford, a devoted family man, avid SU sports fan, US Army Veteran and dedicated member of our nation’s National Security Agency (NSA), passed away at the age of 87 in Cazenovia, NY on December 8, 2018, surrounded by loved ones.

Francis (aka Frank, Uncle Sony) was born on January 10, 1931 in Syracuse, NY. Francis grew up in Cazenovia, New York and after graduating from high school, served honorably for 3 years in the US Army, from Jan 1952 to Dec 1954. After leaving the Army, he then went on to a distinguished career serving our nation with NSA. It was in Cazenovia where he met and married his first wife, Flora Jean (Werkmeister). Frank retired from NSA in 1987 and he and Flora came back to his beloved hometown of Cazenovia in early 1988. A short time later in June of 1988, Flora passed away.

In 1997, he met and married Wanda (Wyatt) with whom he remained happily married to until his passing. Along with his wife Wanda, Francis is survived by his 2 sons, Kenneth (JoAnne) Wallingford and Steven (Jamie McGee) Wallingford, a step-daughter, Nancy Estep, numerous grandchildren, Frank (Alisa) Wallingford, Kristina Wallingford, Christopher Estep, Bethany (Alan) Clark, Julie (Rob) Matijas and Garrett Wyatt, and great grandchildren Kaia, Connor, Arianna, Jacqueline, Addison, Lucas, Kaitlyn.

During his retired years, Francis was content spending time with family and friends, watching sports and attending to his 3 kids (cats), Fluffy, Amber and Dakota. He and Wanda also greatly enjoyed doing brunch and playing the slots at Turning Stone Casino.

A calling hour will be held at 11 am-12 noon with a celebration of his life to begin 12 Noon on Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave, Cortland, NY 13045, followed by his burial in the St Mary’s Cemetery in Cortland, New York.

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