1911 – 1996
Frank E. Davella was born in New Britain, Connecticut, on October 11, 1911. He was a resident of Meriden for most of his life and attended Meriden schools. He began his long and distinguished business career in Meriden.
In 1951 he started Davella Volkswagen dealership, purchasing Volkswagens from importers in New York, making him one of the oldest Volkswagen dealers in the United States. The Volkswagen, once revered solely for its reliability and economy, was later beloved for its odd shape. Over the years he garnered numerous industry awards for sales, customer satisfaction, and service.
Upon his death, Mr. Davella left the bulk of his $3 million plus estate to the Cuno Foundation in a trust that became the Frank Davella Educational Fund, granting scholarships to high school students going on to further their education. From 1998 to 2009 the Davella scholarship fund has awarded $2,526,000 in scholarships to young people from Meriden and surrounding communities.
For a complete listing of all the recipients please visit our official website at WWW.MERIDENHALLOFFAME.ORG.