WESTERLY — Francis J. Sisco, 85, of Westerly, died March 19, 2019, in his home surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Ann F. (Lallo) Sisco of Westerly; his sister, Maria Maynard of Westerly; his daughter, Rosemary Sisco of Westerly; his son, Father Michael Sisco, pastor of Saint John Paul II Parish in Pawtucket; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was recently predeceased by his brother, Anthony F. Sisco Jr.
Sisco was born in Westerly, the son of the late Antonio and Mary (Comforti) Sisco. He graduated from Westerly High School in 1951 and received a two-year drafting degree before enlisting in the United States Navy. He earned the National Defense Service Medal in the Korean War while aboard the USS John S. McCain DDG-56, the USS John Paul Jones DD-932 and the USS Sculpin. He continued his naval career at the New London Submarine Base working to become Chief Housing Inspector. Sisco served on the Westerly Police Reserves, Badge #73, from 1962 to 1984. He was a long-time member of the Westerly Elks Lodge #678 holding such positions as Secretary, Exalted Ruler, Past Exalted Ruler and District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler. During his tenure, he helped facilitate the construction of the current Elks Banquet Hall. Sisco was also a member of both the Knights of Columbus and Calabrese Clubs. He owned his own fencing company and vending business. He was a devout Catholic and a Communicant at the Immaculate Conception Church in Westerly.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, March 25, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial with full military honors was in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Veterans Administration, www.providence.va.gov, or the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org.