Michael S. Franco, age 97, of Wilton, CT, died peacefully on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Wilton Meadows.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, on August 28, 1920, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Lillian Scocca Franco. Mike was the husband of the late Josephine Incantalupo Franco.

An artistic man, Mike entered the Bowery Etching Co. Partnership in 1942 but was quickly inducted into the Army and served in the South Pacific (Saipan) during World War II as a “toxic gas handler” where he demonstrated heavy toxic gases to troops. He also helped to pioneer the development of the use of DDT as a liquid until his honorable discharge in 1946.

He married Josephine Incantalupo in 1950 and together they raised three sons while Mike worked at his new sole proprietorship, Robert China Company, where he designed and hand painted commemorative plates, glassware, and wedding favors. He retired after 50 years at the age of 81. He moved to New Canaan, CT, ten years later.

Mike is survived by his three sons, Michael Franco (Mary Anne Mendola) of New Canaan, CT; Robert Franco (Fran); and Steven Franco (Myrna); one sister, Florence Graziano, of Greenwood Lake, NY; his grandchildren, Joseph, Matthew, Greg, and Deanna Lynn; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Frank, and four sisters, Mary Belfiore, Gloria Arcomano, Lu Graci, and Mafalda Guigno.

Interment will take place at the family plot in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.

Calling hours will take place on Saturday, December 2, from 1-4 p.m., at Hoyt Funeral Home, New Canaan. Burial will take place on Monday, December 4, at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County: https://www.visitingnurse.net/make-a-gift/memorial-tribute-gift/

For online condolences, visit www.hoytfuneralhome.com.