Frank P. Ragonese


Frank P. Ragonese, a retired tunneling contractor, died Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital after a heart attack. He was 90 and lived on East Northern Parkway.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Ragonese was being offered today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Though he retired nearly 20 years ago as owner of the Square Construction Co. in Towson, he visited the office daily to manage real estate and other investments.

He and a brother-in-law started the company in Cleveland in the mid-1930s. The firm specialized in tunneling through both rock and soft dirt. The company moved to Baltimore in 1940.

Born in Cesaro, Sicily, Mr. Ragonese learned the construction trade while working with his father in Sicily and in southern France.

After the death of his parents, he supported a younger brother and two sisters, bringing them to the United States shortly after he came to this country at the age of 19.

He was successful in the real estate industry in Cleveland while in his 20s, but returned to the construction industry during the Depression.

Mr. Ragonese was a member of the Moles, an organization of tunneling executives; the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.; the Utility Contractors of America; and the Order of the Sons of Italy.

His wife, the former Margaret Frischer, died April 3.

He is survived by a daughter, Norma Ragonese McAdam of Ruxton; two sons, Paul P. Ragonese of Lutherville and Edward B. Ragonese of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Dina Scaravilli of Cleveland; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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