Francis Gerard Colonna, 61, of Raleigh and Wrightsville Beach, NC, died March 31, 2015 following a valiant battle with cancer. Frank was a believer and the angels above were rejoicing upon his arrival on Tuesday.
He was born on November 20, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Elsie Butera Colonna and Dr. Anthony Richard Colonna. Frank’s father passed away when Frank was three years-old and his uncle, Henry John Butera, helped raise him as well. Frank was a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Spark Hill, New York. He was the founder and owner of the Raleigh based company Triangle Rent A Car, the largest independent car rental company in the southeast. During his career he received many awards to include the Russell Bruno Award for Outstanding Rental Car Service. Frank was an avid fisherman and a state board member of the Coastal Conservation Association. He was also a board member of the American Car Rental Association.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Harvey Colonna; daughter, Catherine Henri Colonna; son, Matthew Frank Colonna; sister, Barbara Ann Colonna Lyke and husband, William; brother-in-law, Charles Andre Harvey, Jr.; sister-in-law, Deborah Harvey Blaylock, and husband, Brent; niece, Danielle Frances Lyke-Freeborn; and nephews, William Henry Lyke, Brent Lashley Blaylock, Jr., and Andrew Coleman Blaylock.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 7-9 pm on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC. Frank’s ashes will be scattered at sea in a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, donations for melanoma research may be sent to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Condolences to the family at www.brownwynne.com