Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
Frank Catallo of Old Westbury, is one of the reasons his generation has been called the greatest there ever was. He was a successful gifted engineer, inventor and designer of machinery for processing yarns and fabrics. He was a compassionate family man and friend. He was humble. He passed away Jan. 16, 2013.
Mr. Catallo was born Feb. 2, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. As a boy he was inquisitive as to how things worked. He started his “manufacturing” career building engines for model cars and planes.
When World War II and his beloved America called he chose to become a Marine. He was stationed in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1946. He continued to live his life pursuant to the Marine Corp. mottos, Semper Fi, always faithful and Ductos Exempo, to lead by example. After his service to our country, Mr. Catallo worked during the day and attended Pratt Institute at night where he earned his degree in engineering.
Mr. Catallo used his education and creative genius to revolutionize the field of textile cloth finishing. He founded Fab-Con Machinery Development Corp. in 1965. Fab-Con has its world headquarters in Port Washington, keeping many Long Islanders employed. In the more than 40 years that have followed its creation, Frank Catallo was at the helm as Fab-Con developed into one of the most respected and innovative manufacturers for the Knit Goods Industry, with a major share of the world market. He was at his desk the day prior to his death and there are pending patent applications for machinery he invented in his 89th year. If granted, these patents will be additions to Mr. Catallo’s already prolific portfolio of patents
Frank Catallo danced through life with his wife of 64 years, Teresa. Their unending devotion and love for one another was shared by their son, Jim; his wife Donna; their daughters Janet Moorman and her husband David, Cathleen Trautwig and her husband Alan; and grandchildren, Michael, Courtney, Alex and Christopher.
Frank Catallo lived his life both professionally and personally by sharing his gifts of invention, love, generosity and let’s not forget his homemade wine.