Frank, Jr. fronted a local rock band called The Dukes back in the '70s,
then he formed The Raffeys, and eventually fronted Force of Habit. He
lost everything in Katrina and evacuated to Dallas. After suffering
some back pain, he thought he had a pinched nerve. By the time the
doctor saw him, his body was riddled with cancer.
Frank Assunto Jr.
ASSUNTO Frank Assunto, Jr. passed away with dignity and grace at Canon
Hospice on Friday, August 10, 2007. Frank was born December 25, 1955 to
Frank and Joan Assunto in Las Vegas, NV. His father, Frank Assunto, Sr.
was leader of the world famous Dukes of Dixieland and Frank Jr. became a
well loved local musician headlining the Dukes, the Raffey's and Force
of Habit. A brilliant musician and lyricist, Frank leaves well over 400
songs to his legacy and instilled the same passion for music in his
three children. Frank was the proud father of Nicholas A., Lexie M. and
Frank, III. He leaves behind his brothers Deano and Joseph, as well as
his loving sister, Gina. Frank's cousins Jan and Angela will miss him,
as well as his cousin Mike Assunto who was more like a brother to Frank.
Many great local musicians, as well as over 400 people came out for
Frank's tribute concert on August 5, where Frank's wishes were fulfilled
with food, music and friends. The family would like to send their thanks
to all those who showed their support as well as the wonderful people
who made it possible. In keeping with his wishes, there was no public
service, just a small private family gathering. In lieu of flowers,
please make a donation to Canon Hospice, 1221 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie,
LA. They took incredible tender care of Frank during his final months
and the family is eternally grateful.
Published in The Times-Picayune on 8/26/2007.