Frank A. Pantano, 80, formerly of Upper Darby, a certified public accountant, died of leukemia Saturday at his home in Hershey's Mill in West Chester, where he had lived for six years.
For 45 years, Mr. Pantano was a partner with Rainer & Co., an accounting firm in Upper Darby and later in Newtown Square that he cofounded.
After retiring in 2000, he served private clients and prepared taxes and gave free financial advice to friends and family.
He had just loaded computer software for this year's tax season, his daughter Maryann Davis said.
Mr. Pantano was fund-raiser, financial adviser, and "cheerleader" for 40 years at Holy Child Academy, the private Catholic elementary school in Drexel Hill his daughters attended, Davis said.
Mr. Pantano was a graduate of South Philadelphia High School.
During World War II he served in the Army in the Philippines.
After his discharge he earned a bachelor's degree from Temple University.
Since 1950 he had been married to Rose Massimini Pantano, whom he had met at a dance in West Philadelphia. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with their grandchildren at their summer home in Sea Isle City, N.J.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Pantano is survived by daughter Janice; three brothers; a sister; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 1325 Boot Rd., West Chester.