Francis J. Zunino, 78, a retired chemical company executive, formerly of Medford, NJ, died March 15, at home in Del Mar, CA, of an apparent heart attack. A native of Metuchen, NJ, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he played football and was a member of Theta Xi fraternity, then served in the US Army. Zunino had a 30-year career with Sybron Chemicals, a supplier of ion exchange resins for water treatment. In 1987, he and other top managers purchased Sybron Chemicals from its parent company, Sybron Corp., in a leveraged buyout. Zunino later became the firm’s Executive Vice President. Richard M. Klein, former Chairman and CEO of Sybron Chemicals, said, “Frank made everyone he met feel like they were the most special person for him. His unbridled positivism and good nature made everyone around him feel good.” Zunino relocated to California in 1992, where he stayed active with Sybron Chemicals on the West Coast for several years. “He loved cooking and entertaining, photography, vintage cars, fishing and going to the racetrack,” said daughter, Judy Nielsen. He was preceded in death by wives Claire (1990) and Bonnie (2005). Survivors include daughters Cathy Thornsteinson and Susan Olson; stepdaughter, Mindy Brown; one sister, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A funeral was held March 24 in South Marlton and burial took place in Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, NJ. Donations may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness, Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21203.


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