James J. Francoline Sr.
Published in The Hartford Courant on June 10, 2012
J. Francoline, Sr., 94, passed away on Friday (June 8, 2012).
Born in Hartford, he was the youngest of eight children to the late Vincenzo
and Maria (Destefano) Francolino, and loving husband of the late Helen
He played baseball in the minor leagues for the St. Louis Cardinal ball
club, as well as local teams such as the Savitt Gems, the New Britain
Creamo's and the Hartford Bees. Jimmy coached several Twilight League
teams and was a member of the Twilight League Hall of Fame.
He had a shoe repair shop in Sage Allen's in Hartford, and in his later
years worked selling mutual funds and real estate. Jimmy was one of the
founding members of the South Catholic Father's Club, where he served
as president for several years. His community involvement included Chief
Election Moderator for the City of Hartford and member of the Hartford
He is survived by his son, James and wife Carole Grenon-Francoline; his
daughters, Joan Francoline-Solmonson and Ruth Cosker; one sister, Agnes;
four grandchildren, Gary, Christine, Michael and Bobby; three great-grandchildren,
Hannah, Drew and Sophia and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family
members and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers, Rocco, Andy and
Tom and his sisters, Sue, Grace and Mae.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, June 12 at 9 a.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral
Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass
of Christian Burial in St. Luke's Church, 66 Bolton Street, Hartford.
Burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery in East Windsor.
Friends and family may call at the funeral chapel on Monday from 4-7 p.m.
Donations in Jimmy's memory may be made to the Hebrew Health Home Care
& Hospice, 2 Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield, CT 06002.