Former Borough of Carlisle Police Chief, Frank
Giordano, 82, of Carlisle, passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at his home. He was born on Sunday, September 16, 1928,
in Mapleton Depot, a son of the late Mike and Maria "Mary" (Depetro) Giordano.
Frank attended Mt. Union public schools, and
after his father’s death at a young age, Frank and his mother moved to Carlisle. As a young boy in Carlisle, Frank began
working as many as four jobs at one time to help his family through difficult times. He began employment with the Borough
of Carlisle Police Department as a patrolman in 1953 and became Police Chief in 1967, a position he held until his retirement
in 1990. After retirement, he worked for seven years as a part time Deputy Sheriff for Cumberland County.
He was a graduate of the former Carlisle Commercial
College and the Municipal Police Course at the Hershey State Police Academy. Throughout his career in law enforcement, he
was engaged in continuing education and seminars in police officer training. He was a member and past president of Central
PA Chiefs of Police Assoc., a former member of the Law committee of the PA Chiefs of Police Assoc. (PCPA), past chairman of
PCPA Parole committee, past president of PCPA (1981-1982), member, past president and treasurer of Tri-County Lodge No. 76
- FOP and was appointed President Emeritus of PCPA in 2007. Frank was also a member of the International Assoc. of Chiefs
of Police, member and past president of Carlisle Exchange Club, life member of Elks Lodge 578, Eagles Aerie 1299 and the White
Circle Club, all of Carlisle. He was also a former member and past president of Carlisle Borough Council. Frank was a member
of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carlisle.
Frank was recognized for his dedication and service
to the Carlisle Community and was selected "Man of the Year" in 1972 by the Carlisle Elks, presented the "Citizenship Award"
by the Carlisle Kiwanis Club in 1977, Distinguished Career Service Award by County and State Detectives Assoc. of PA in 1986,
Action in Saving the Life of Fellow Police Chief given by PCPA in 1989 and in 2005, a portrait of Frank was hung in the new
Carlisle Police Station for his nearly 50 years of service to the Borough of Carlisle through the Police Department and Borough
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife
of 37 years, Virginia L. (Drexler) Giordano, a daughter, Beverly (and her husband, Robert) Baker of Newville, two step-sons;
Bradley (and his wife, Julie) Griffie of Carlisle and Douglas (and his wife, Melissa) Griffie of Madison, NJ, a step-daughter,
Lori (and her husband, Dr. Ronald) Paulus of Asheville, NC, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded
in death by a step-son, Daryl Griffie.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
November 27, 2010 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 W. Louther St., Carlisle, with Rev. Timothy W. Sadler officiating.
Viewing will be held on Friday from 4 - 8:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle and on
Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of the services at the church. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle.
Memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.