KILLINGTON — The family and friends of Christopher J. Franco, 49, who passed away unexpectedly while playing golf with friends at Green Mountain National Golf Course will be holding a tribute of his life. Known simply as “Franco,” he was an active and involved member of our community who had called Killington his home for over two decades, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 12-5 p.m. at the Foundry at Summit Pond. It will be a day of great food prepared by area chefs and wonderful music performed by the musicians he loved including Duane Carleton, Rick Redington, Joey Leone and many others. For more information, or if you would like to be involved, please call The Foundry at 802-422-5335.
Known best for his culinary talents, Franco was the Executive Chef at The Foundry at Summit Pond since its opening last fall. He was a mainstay of the Killington restaurant scene having worked at Casey’s Caboose, the Lookout Tavern and On The Rocs over the years, and was a respected teacher and mentor to many of the chefs and kitchen staffers who worked with him. He also spent a year in North Carolina helping a friend open the Sea Glass Cafe and Bakery and added “pastry chef” to his many skills during that time.
A determined athlete, Franco was an avid skier in the winter and could be found most summer and fall days at Green Mountain National Golf Course. He had won the Club Championship twice and enjoyed introducing new players to the game he loved. He was also an umpire for the Killington Softball League after a long and “distinguished” career as a player.
Franco’s true passion was music and he loved to grab his guitar and join any of Killington’s musicians onstage for a song a two. In the past he had hosted an “Open Mic Night” at Jax Food & Games and was well known for his heartfelt renditions of Rocky Raccoon, Angel from Montgomery and Seagull.
Originally from Fall River, Mass. he was a fierce and loyal fan to all of the Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He was always eager to discuss games and rosters and felt it a personal mission to show Yankees and Giants fans the “error of their ways.”
Franco is survived by his mother, three sisters, four brothers and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his extended family and all of his friends in Killington.
He will be remembered by all for his smile, his laugh, his generous and kind spirit and his love of food and music. Franco will best be remembered, however, for his love of Killington and the people who live and visit here.
Donations can be made to help defray the cost of Franco’s final expenses and support causes that were important to him. Checks can be made payable to the “Franco Family Fund” and dropped off or sent to: The Foundry at Summit Pond, Attn: Kate Edson, PO Box 7, Killington 05751.
This obituary first appeared in the October 10, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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