Frank E. Drago Obituary

South San Francisco, CA  January 5, 2022 by Garden Chapel Funeral Directors

NOTE: Frank Drago is the brother of Jack Drago, former Mayor of South San Francisco and retired Chief of our SSFFD. Jack was also the founder of the SSF Fire Museum and predeceased Frank in 2003.

Frank passed away peacefully on December 31, 2021, at 93 years of age.


A native of San Francisco, Frank was the youngest son of John and Florence Drago. He is preceded in death by his parents, older brother Jack (Jackie) and his beloved wife Betty.


After graduating from Balboa High School, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He is a much-loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Frank is survived by his son Jim, son Dave (Barbie), and daughter Donna (Steve); his granddaughters Casey (Steve) Abbey and Danielle, and grandson Travis (Alexandra) Funk; great grandsons Luca Abbey and Roman Funk; sister-in-law Maggie McKenzie; and many nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Frank also loved his second family – the San Francisco Fire Department where he served as a hoseman, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief over a 39-year career. He was proud to serve the SF community.

He will be remembered for his kind, loving heart, his selflessness, leadership, and his wonderful sense of humor but mostly his devoted love for his wife of 60 years and family.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2021, at Garden Chapel in SSF as well as a service to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2021, at the Italian Cemetery’s Main/Center Chapel in Colma.


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Derek Haggart
Derek Haggart
1 year ago

Thinking of you Donna and Family… Derek