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Henry "Hank" James Franzoni, Jr.

August 2, 1933 August 10, 2019
Henry "Hank" James Franzoni, Jr.
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Henry “Hank” Franzoni died on August 10th of complications from Parkinson”s disease. He was born April 2, 1933 in Clifton, N.J.
He attended Lehigh University in Pa., and shortly after enlisted in the army during the Korean War. He was sent to the Army Language School in Monterey Ca. when they discovered his aptitude for languages. There he mastered French and in 1955 was sent to Paris as a French interpreter at SHAPE headquarters. Before leaving, Hank met his first wife, Amanda, on a blind date. They married in Paris shortly thereafter.
Upon returning to the states, he attended Rutgers Law School and received his Juris Doctorate. Fresh out of law school, Hank got a job as a Public Defender just as the riots in Newark ignited. He won many police brutality cases for his clients and continued to work on civil rights cases throughout the 1960s including the landmark case in 1966, State vs Roberts. During the 1970s, he went on to represent Episcopalian women in their struggle to be ordained as priests and was instrumental in their ultimate success. In 1976 the General Convention of the Episcopal Church approved the ordination of women to the priesthood, a first for any Christian denomination in the United States. He practiced law in Bloomfield, NJ for forty years and also taught law at Bloomfield College and Rutgers.
In 1983, Mandy, his wife of 28 years, died after a long battle with cancer. He met his current wife, children’s book author & illustrator Carolyn Bracken, a year later when calling to ask if her father, actor Eddie Bracken, would entertain at a New York Veterans’ Hospital. After a long courtship, they married in 1996, moving to Oregon a year later.
He became active with the Yamhill County Democrats, who asked him to run for the Oregon State Senate in 2004. His favorite part of campaigning was going door to door meeting new people and talking over the issues with them.
Hank was brilliant, hilarious, and one of a kind. We will miss his iconoclastic skepticism, his fantastic cooking skills, and his love of jazz, Bach, golf and life. He leaves behind his wife Carolyn, children Henry, Liza and Amanda, grandchildren Miles, Alaria and Felix.
The family is planning a memorial service for sometime in October. Memorial donations may be made to Habitat For Humanity, in care of Macy & Son Funeral Directors.


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