Horseshoe manufacturer Frank Certo passed away on March 21, 2020. He was 73.
Frank Certo, who started many horseshoe companies, began his career in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where he worked for Canadian Racing Plate. He moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., to co-found Wolverine Horseshoe Forging Co. Next, he moved to Batavia, N.Y., to co-found Batavia Atomic Horseshoe Co. Then, he moved to Fort Erie, Ontario, to co-found Equine Forgings, Inc., and then to Niagara Falls, Ontario, to co-found Niagara Forge Inc. Frank Certo's ambitions then took him to San Clemente and Vista, Calif., to found C-Shoes. He enjoyed working with farriers and the challenge of creating a better horseshoe.
Frank Certo retired from the horseshoe business in 2005. He moved to Orange Park, Fla., and, always an entrepreneur, started a real estate business. He will be greatly missed by his wife Muriel Certo, his five children, his 11 grandchildren and his extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Adult Congenital Heart Association.
Due to the coronavirus and Frank’s residences over two countries and four states, funeral services were not held, however, links to the obituary and his memorial service are below: