Frank Bardinelli


Mr. Louis “Frank” Bardinelli, 74, of Temperanceville, passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023. Frank was born July 1, 1949, in Miami, a son to Rufus “Rudy” Bardinelli and Foy Beckham Bardinelli.

Frank is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Joy Evans Bardinelli; his children, Trisha Burgess (Paul Burgess), Vinny Bardinelli (Tabitha Ward), and Nicholas Bardinelli (Virginia Tittermary), of Onancock; grandchildren, Ethan Burgess, Reagan Burgess, and Ely Bardinelli; brothers, Rudy Bardinelli Jr., Tony Bardinelli, and Eric Meerhein; sister-in-law, Sandee White (J.D. Marshall); several nieces and nephews including Matthew White (Brooke Davis); his puppy, “Little Girl”; several special friends including Brian Alexander, Donnie “Muff” Dorsey, John Spencer, Stevie Darby, Andy Tiftikidis, and a lifetime of others. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Rudy and Foy Bardinelli.

Born in Miami, he moved to the Eastern Shore in the early ’80s to run the Pizza Hut in Oak Hall. He worked in the restaurant business for many years until starting “Let There Be Light Window Washing Services.” He would then spend the rest of his working life with his partners (Joy, Sandee, and J.D.), at Capt. E’s Hurricane Grill and Tiki Bar on Saxis Island.

He never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with just about every patron that came into the restaurant. Not only was Frank a restaurateur, he was an ordained minister of Universal Life Church and officiated several weddings over the years. He loved reading, especially books about spirituality and religion.

He was a vegetarian; he said he would never eat anything that could look back at him. He loved his animals. His last wish was for the family to rescue a local kitty, and they did just that. Joy called him her “leftover flower child.” Hardworking and giving, he took care of his family. He wanted to live a simple life on his land, and could never understand why that wasn’t enough for everybody.

Memorial services will be Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at Captain E’s Hurricane Grill, 9104 Starling Creek Road, Saxis, VA 23427.

In lieu of flowers, Frank would want everyone to give their pet a special treat or to call someone they love. He was a selfless, good-natured man and wished for the rest of the world to be kind to one other.

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Arrangements are by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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