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Norwalk P&Z planner Strauch passes away at 52

Frank Strauch. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. – Frank Strauch will be “very, very much missed,” Mayor Harry Rilling said Tuesday.

Strauch, Norwalk Planning and Zoning Site Planner, worked for the City for more than a decade, Rilling said, as he held a moment of silence at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

Strauch died Tuesday at age 52 after “a courageous battle with cancer,” his Craft Memorial Home obituary states. Rilling described Strauch as a “very community-oriented person who really welcomed people in and did everything he could to help them.”

Strauch was born in New York City and was raised in the Bronx, attended Bronx High School of Science, and graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, the obituary states, continuing:

“Frank spent many years as a Registered Landscape Architect for the New York City Parks Department, and his designs can be found throughout the five boroughs. Frank then moved on to be the Site Planner for the city of Norwalk’s Planning and Zoning Department, where he was employed at the time of his passing.

“In 1996, Frank married Mary Catherine Timoney and they moved from Brooklyn to Port Chester.  Frank was an active volunteer in the Port Chester community, lending his professional expertise by serving on the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Master Planning Committee. Frank was also an Assistant Scoutmaster for Port Chester’s Boy Scout Troop 400. He was passionate about the scouts, was proud to wear the uniform, and enjoyed every minute of this service.

“Frank is survived by his loving family; wife Mary, daughter Madeline, son James, mother Anna, sister Elizabeth Curtin and her husband Paul, and several nieces and nephews.”

 

Contacted by NancyOnNorwalk on Wednesday, Assistant Corporation Counsel Brian McCann described Strauch as “a delight to work with.”

“He thoroughly enjoyed working with the Zoning Commission and sharing his thoughts and opinions,” McCann said. “In fact, he rarely held back his thoughts and opinions.  He loved what he did, and his entire department loved him.    The 50 (+) year old Boy Scout deserves a merit badge for his dedication to and hard work for the City.  Frank will surely be missed.”

A visitation is being held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Craft Memorial Home, located at 40 Leicester St. in Port Chester, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday at Parish of Saint John Bosco (Our Lady of Mercy), located at 260 Westchester Ave. in Port Chester, with interment to follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to:

Port Chester Boy Scouts of America Troop #400

c/o Abe Monis

236 Husted St.

Port Chester, N.Y. 10573

6 comments

Mike Mushak April 11, 2019 at 7:32 am

Frank will be missed by everyone. It’s still hard to believe.

As a fellow landscape architect who like Frank also worked on public projects in New York City earlier in our careers but at different times, including the restoration of Central Park, I often ran into folks in the profession who knew Frank when he worked for the NYC Parks Department, and asked about him. I’m sure this sad news will be a shock to all of them as well.

The Boy Scouts have done amazing work here in Norwalk helping to improve our public spaces including restoring historic cemeteries. That same dedication to good works that Frank devoted so much of his time to with Troop 400 in Port Chester lives on through his legacy, and it is a special blessing that his beloved troop was selected to receive donations in his memory. The address to donate to is listed in the article above.

Diane Lauricella April 11, 2019 at 7:33 am

Very sad news to hear when someone so young succumbs to cancer.
Frank’s professional background really added to the P&Z Department.

Margaret Suib, Norwalk Fair Housing Officer April 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm

My condolences to his family, both personal and professional! That smile is what I remember from the hallways of Norwalk City Hall.

Bill Dunne April 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Sad news indeed. My condolences also to his family and friends. Though I knew him only briefly during my time on the Planning Commission, it was enough to know how smart, kind, and caring he was.

Tony D'Andrea April 12, 2019 at 1:19 pm

Frank was best described as a proud father. he and I always discussed our children’s band competitions and his involvement with Boy scouts. He was a Dedicated family man, proud scouter and good city official. I enjoyed my time working with him. We will all miss him. Vaya con Dios my friend……..see you around the camp fire..

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