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FOTE, Dr. Francis Anthony

FOTE - Dr. Francis Anthony Passed away peacefully on August 8, 2015. Francis was born in Olean, NY the eldest of five children of Italian immigrants. Graduating in 1948 from St. Bonaventure University, Frank eagerly embarked on a career in medicine. In 1952, upon graduation from the University of Buffalo Medical School, he joined the US Navy where he served at the Marine Corps Hospital in Camp Lejeune, N. Carolina. His induction as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons came in 1964 and as a Fellow of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1966. Over the course of his 43 year medical career, Frank managed practices in Lackawanna, South Buffalo, West Seneca and Derby, NY and held many esteemed positions including: Chief of OB/GYN at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Director at Mercy Hospital, Medical Director of Our Lady of Victory Infant Home and teacher of OB/GYN at University of Buffalo Medical School. Frank's dedication to non-profit initiatives such as Grounds for Health and Adelante has helped to save countless lives in Mexico and Arizona. Perhaps the contribution that meant the most to Frank was helping to deliver more than 15,000 babies, "without losing a mother." Pre-deceased by son Francis Fote Jr. (2004) and wife Josephine (2014), Frank is survived by brothers William Fote (Elizabeth), Richard Fote (Gail), sisters Gloria Oliva and Olga Rosenthal. Forever missed by his children, Mary Fote (Scott), Anne Fote, Peter Fote (Regan), Philip Fote (Susan), Andrew Foti (Miracle), and Christopher Fote, along with 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. All of us who knew and loved him will never forget Frank's smile, his "larger than life" personality and his generous good heart. Donations appreciated to Francis and Josephine Fote Memorial Fund at www.gofundme.com/francisfote
A service honoring Frank's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 3 at St. John's Church, 931 North Union St., Olean, NY 14760. Interment at St. Bonaventure Cemetery will follow with a luncheon. All are welcome.

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