In Memory of Gabor Francia-Kiss
January 12, 1935-January 26, 2009
Gabor Francia-Kiss, 74, of West Suffield, beloved husband of Holly (Wikar) Francia-Kiss, died suddenly, on Monday (January 26, 2009) at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA. Born on January 12, 1935, in Budapest, Hungary, he was the son of the late Erno Francia-Kiss and Gabriella Maria Molnar. Gabor grew up in Hungary and fought in the Hungarian Revolution, escaping communist rule in Hungary through Austria with the help of Catholic support. He came to the U.S. into Camp Kilmer in New Jersey in 1957. He attended Colorado State University before settling in Chagrin Falls, OH. Gabor was an extraordinarily gifted equestrian. He was a classically trained European rider, twice qualifying for the Hungarian Olympic Team. A well-known and highly respected trainer, rider and coach, Gabor brought riders and their horses to the top of their careers. He was a member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) and started the Professional Horseman's Association in Ohio. Gabor was a USEF "R" Judge for over 40 years and will be greatly missed by everyone in the equestrian community. He was a kind, caring, loving, talented man who will be greatly missed. Besides his wife of over 10 years, Holly, he leaves a sister, Maya Kiraly of Budapest, Hungary and a stepdaughter, Devin Van Houten of West Suffield.
Please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com for online condolences and to view a life tribute for Gabor.