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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 Council.

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.

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Our prayers and condolences..

Janet & Paul
I am so sorry for your loss.  Frank was a good man, a gentleman, and was highly respected in our community and by all who knew him. 
We will miss him.

Susan & Mike Wise
Carlisle lost one of the finest police chiefs!  Frank's passing comes as a surprise to all.  The police community just put WCO David Grove from Waynesboro to rest on the day that Chief Giordano passed away. 
 Now the police community will put another one to rest this weekend. 
 God bless his wife and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Doug Baer (fomer resident of Carlisle)

So sorry to hear of Frank's passing.  He and my Dad (John Adler) were rookies together. Sincere sympathy!

Donna Adler Stine

Dear Ginny and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss! I always knew Mr. Giordano to be a very kind and respectable man! My heart goes out to you all!

Honey Punt

To the Giordano family
 We wish to extend our sincere condolences for your loss. We will not forget the Chief and everything he has done for the community and us. We are sorry we couldn't be there to show our respect but please except our expressions on the loss of such a mild and well liked gentleman. He was well liked and admired throughout the law enforcement community as he was throughout Carlisle.

Patrick and Diane O'Leary
It was my sincere pleasure to have known such a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.  Frank, it was my pleasure to get you a cup of coffee during your visits to Graham Motor Co.

Jodi Swartz

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