The Obit For Al Frioni

Alfonso Frioni Sr.

Published in Scranton Times on April 15, 2011

Alfonso "Al" Frioni Sr., 72, a longtime resident of Dunmore and native of West Scranton, an eternal optimist, passed away Thursday at VNA Family Hospice after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer. Surrounded by his family, Al and his wife, Angela Morelli Frioni, were only two weeks shy of celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary.

Al was the son of the late Alfonso and Josephine Bianchi Frioni. Always the family man, in addition to his wife of 49 years, he is survived by two sons, Alfonso Frioni Jr., Esq., and his wife, Jan, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and David Frioni and his wife, Diane, Montgomeryville, Pa.; two daughters, Maria Brittingham and her husband, Vincent Bocina, Lansdale, Pa.; and Christine Pupalitis and her husband, John, Scranton; five grandchildren, Al Frioni III and Abby Frioni, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Dean Frioni, Montgomeryville, Pa.; and William and Matthew Brittingham, Lansdale, Pa.; nieces, Mary Jo Monahan and her husband, John; and Josephine Pearson and her husband, Bob; a brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph Morelli and his wife, Lisa, along with many other nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Guido, August and Alexander Frioni; and a sister, Jessie Furtini.

An avid baseball and Yankee fan, he lettered in baseball at West Scranton High School (class of 1956) before signing a professional baseball contract with the minor league franchises of the Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Braves.

Always open to sharing his baseball knowledge with the local youth, he coached youth baseball for many years at the Schautz Teener League. Following his baseball career, he graduated from Lackawanna Junior College with a degree in accounting and worked 35 years in the administrative offices for Emery Air Freight (now a subsidiary of UPS).

Ever so prevalent was his constant love and devotion to his grandchildren. No matter how sick, he attended their activities, called them regularly and even Skyped!

Al was also greatly involved in his community as a Dunmore school director, member of the Sixth Ward Civic Association and a member of the Finance and Picnic Committees at Christ the King Parish. He was committee chairman for Cub Scout Pack 88 and was a member of the Adult Committee of Boy Scout Troop 88, Dunmore.

For many years, Al brought joy to the preschool children at the Country Day School when he dressed as Santa Claus and took time to listen to the wish list of each child.

Gregarious and the consummate politician, prior to his illness, Al could regularly be found discussing politics with friends at the Sunshine Café or local donut shop.

The family is grateful to the nurses, staff and doctors at the VNA Hospice and to Dr. James Sheerer, Dr. Sal Scialla, Dr. Hamar Brereton, Dr. Jay Bannon and Dr. John Kutz who treated him as a friend and not just as a patient.

The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., in Dunmore, with Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street, in Dunmore.

Interment will take place in the Dunmore Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, from 2-5 p.m. and on Monday morning, from 10-10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Schautz Teener League Baseball Assoc., c/o 62 Elmhurst Blvd., Scranton, PA 18505, or to The Relay For Life . To send an online condolence, please visit www.Dunmore FuneralHome.com.