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Frank P. Mesi Jr., cyclist who founded Knox Farm race

July 25, 1955 – April 8, 2016

Frank P. Mesi Jr., an avid cyclist from East Aurora who founded the Knox Farm Cycle Cross Bicycle Race, died April 8 in Strong Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was 60.

A longtime resident of Western New York, Mr. Mesi graduated from Kenmore East High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in technology and electrical engineering from Buffalo State College.

His career spanned several decades and several prominent Western New York companies, including General Motors and Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems.

He married the former Carol Reichert and had two children.

A cycling enthusiast, Mr. Mesi founded the Knox Farm Cycle Cross Bicycle Race and spent time developing training programs for athletes in the Buffalo area. He enjoyed mentoring high school and college athletes, helping them improve their performance as well as confidence. He was also a member of the USA cycling organization.

In 2002, Mr. Mesi took part in the 50th anniversary of the Winter Olympics torch relay as a torch bearer, carrying the flame through a portion of the United States leg.

He was also an advocate for clean energy projects and improving the environment.

Mr. Mesi is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carol; a daughter, Lauren; a son, F. Paul; and two sisters, Michele and Melissa Bruce.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in Kenneth Howe Funeral Home, 64 Maple St., East Aurora. Burial will be private.