Francis J.  Alessi, MD
Dr. Francis Joseph Matthew Alessi, 79, a physician for more than 50 years, died Friday, October 4, 2019, in New Orleans, LA, after a long battle with vascular dementia.
Dr. Alessi, of Timberlane Estates in Gretna, LA, was a native of Niagara Falls, New York. He graduated from Bishop Duffy High School in 1958, and then attended Manlius Military Academy. He was appointed to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, but due to a serious illness that same year, was unable to accept. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo and graduated in 1964 in pre-med studies, graduating with a degree in psychology. He went on to attend Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating in 1968.
He performed his general surgery residency at both Baylor College of Medicine and Creighton University, and thoracic and vascular residencies at Louisiana State University. He then completed a medical fellowship in vascular surgery, under the tutelage of Dr. Denton Cooley, at Texas Children's Hospital.
During his years in practice, Dr. Alessi was on staff at numerous hospitals in the New Orleans area, including: Meadowcrest, Touro, St. Charles General, Charity, East Jefferson and West Jefferson. He was appointed Chief of Staff of West Jefferson Medical Center in 2003 and served for two years in that position.
Dr. Alessi was certified by the American Board of Surgery. He held medical licenses in both Texas and Louisiana and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Alessi was known, depending upon whom you ask, as "Frank," "Francis," "Frankie," "Hannibal," "Doc" and "Poppy." He enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, Sinatra, Jazz, Sophia Loren, dogs, scary movies, good jokes, the New Orleans Saints and college sports (especially LSU), anything and everything Italian, and helping others.
He was loved and will be deeply missed by all those left behind.
Dr. Alessi is survived by his beloved former wife, Pamela J. Alessi; one daughter, Ms. Maria C. Alessi (Matthew Hinkle); and two sons, Francis A. Alessi and Vincent L. Alessi. He is survived by six grandchildren, Francesca, Nathaniel and Nicholas Hinkle, and, Josephine, Alessandra and Pamela Alessi. He also leaves behind one sister, Louise Gray of California; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dr. Alessi is preceded in death by his beloved son, Christopher D. Alessi; his sister, Cosimine Casciani; and his parents, Louise L. and Dr. Alfred Alessi.
The family will be present to receive friends Friday from 4-8 PM and Saturday from 10-11 AM at the (Otto Redanz Chapel) SPALLINO-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, where prayers will be said at 11:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 PM celebrated at Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Family and friends invited.
Please share your condolences at AMIGONE.com.
Published on October 8, 2019

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Shannon Miller Lutrick
Oct 15, 2019
Thinking of your family and sending prayers during this time.
Elizabeth Puccio
Oct 13, 2019
Uncle Francis
You will be missed. Sending lots of love and prayers to Aunt Pam and cousins Maria, Fran and Vinne♥️♥️♥️
Matt and Peggy Witzleb
Oct 11, 2019
Think of you all & keeping you in our prayers. Uncle Frank will be missed.
Larry Culotta
Oct 11, 2019
Larger than life always .Love you much.Be well and rest in peace my cousin
Tammy Spencer
Oct 11, 2019
I remember when Francis and Vinnie were in town for another funeral, we all walked over the rainbow bridge to Canada . It was dead of winter. Francis said he’d meet us there for Vincent’s sake. He tricked Vincent and did not meet us for the walk. But it was fun.
beverlybaldwin@att.net Baldwin
Oct 10, 2019
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Marcia Laudick
Oct 09, 2019
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Louie Ciavaglia
Oct 09, 2019
Cousin Francis, I will remember the funny stories the laughs we shared the visits at moms and that wonderful dinner in New Orleans. you will be greatly missed rest easy