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John Franzone Jr., businessman

John Franzone Jr., businessman

John Franzone Jr., founder of a Hunt Valley plastics manufacturing company who combined his love of the outdoors with flying, died July 19 of heart failure at his Timonium home. He was 93. The son of parents from Italy and Scotland, John Franzone Jr. was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and later moved with his family to Fort Montgomery in upstate New York. It was while living there near Bear Mountain that Mr. Franzone began his lifelong passion for the outdoors as he roamed the fields and woods fishing and hunting. As the Depression deepened, the family was forced to return to Brooklyn, where they settled in a cold-water flat. Mr. Franzone was a graduate of the Manhattan Aviation Trade School,...