REDDING, Calif - The Redding Police Department and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office Boating Safety Unit are investigating the death of former Redding Chamber CEO Frank Strazzarino Jr.
Strazzarino was found dead near the shoreline of the Sacramento River in Redding on Sunday.
For many in this community, this announcement came as a shock.
“Frank was the ultimate Chamber of Commerce executive officer," said community member Marianna Johannesen. "He was Mr. Chamber of Commerce."
Frank Strazzarino was the CEO of the Redding Chamber of Commerce for many years, before retiring just three years ago.
In that time, those who worked with him say he was strict, professional and really turned the chamber around.
“There is a lot of credit of the well-oiled machine you see running today at the Chamber of Commerce," Johannessen said.
But for one person who worked with him, he was a friend and mentor that will be missed.
“Frank was the one that tapped me on the shoulder I'd like you to consider being my successor here at the Redding Chamber of Commerce and having it come from him someone I had known and respected for many years, meant so much to me,” said current Chamber CEO Jake Mangas.
However, Strazzarino will be remembered for more than just his work at the chamber.
He also started Piano Angels, an organization that gives free pianos to kids so they can learn to play.
His love for the San Francisco Giants will also be remembered.
“When I arrived at the Chamber he made sure that what was in his former office, that I had something that made me feel at home. Which was a sculpture of Willie Mays making his famous catch in the 1954 World Series," Mangas said.
And all those we spoke with say while the community is hurting with the news of his loss. They will each honor him every day.
“You know it’s my goal to be able to live up to the expectations he had for me to lead on here at the chamber,” Mangas said.
There is no word yet if or when a memorial service will take place. Stay tuned for more updates.
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