Francis A. Gaynor


Francis A. Gaynor of Warwick, NY, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on January 18, 2023 following his courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma resulting from his 9/11 service. He was 50 years old.


Born in Queens, NY on December 11, 1972, he was the son of Dennis and Trudy Gaynor.


Frank was an active duty police officer with the NYPD. He was a first responder at the 9/11 attack and during the time following as part of the rescue and recovery efforts. He volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout himself, loving all the characteristics that scouting helps to reinforce in young people.  Francis was an avid historian and collector of many things including NYPD, Scouts, and military historical memorabilia.


Frank was a parishioner at St. Stephen RC Church.


Frank is survived by his devoted wife of 22 years, Lori Gaynor; two daughters Theresa Van Keuren of Montgomery, NY, and Melanie “Mel” Gaynor of Warwick; son Sean Gaynor of Warwick; grandchildren Jackson and Kayla Van Keuren; parents Dennis and Trudy of Forest Hills, NY; and brother Dennis F. Gaynor, Jr. also of Forest Hills, NY.


The family will receive friends on Monday, January 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, January 24th  at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen RC Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick followed by interment in Warwick Cemetery, 50 Oakland Avenue, Warwick. The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed via this link:  Gaynor Francis A Funeral 1.24.2023


In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Frank’s memory to the Boy Scouts via the link below. Be sure to scroll down below your personal information in the donation page in order to make the donation in Frank’s name by sliding the tribute button.

or research for cholangiocarcinoma via this link


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The last time that I saw Frank was June of 1999. I remember leaving MTTF for the last time and saying “Good Bye” to Frank. He had his customary smile and he wished me well. He had a very positive presence. It’s comforting that he went on to have a loving family and lived a fulfilling life. My condolences for this loss. My cousin died of 9/11 cancer and that was a long and painful process for everyone close to him. I wish you well for now and in the future. I’ll remember Frank as a young man in his 20s about to embark on a bright future with you and the family that you created together. God be with you always.
Richard McKay
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