Alfonso Frioni Sr.
Published in Scranton Times on April 15, 2011
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
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
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.