Frank Farina, Jr.
November 11, 1939 - August 15, 2012
Age 72, of McCandless Township, on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012.
Beloved husband of Barbara (Golembeski) Farina, loving father of Maria P. DeMore (Michael), Laura F. Stephen (Michael), and Frank J., III (Marianne), brother of the late Elizabeth Fryz (the late, Joseph) dear grandfather of Michael, Isaac, Emily, Flayre, Amelia-Glee, Michael and Matthew, uncle of Joseph M. Fryz (Linda) and Deborah L. Wise (Chilton). Frank graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in music to continue on at Duquesne University for his Masters Degree. His 38 year career as a music educator included many schools in the Pittsburgh area, including Millvale, Canevin; the Director of Music for the Diocese of Pittsburgh Catholic Schools, and finally settling in at North Allegheny for 26 years as the Chairman of the Music Department and Director of Bands, including “The Marching 300”. After NA, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the North Central Region of Coach USA. His storied career included many college bowl appearances, including the prestigious Rose Bowl in California. He brought student musicians from across the country together to perform throughout Europe with The American Youth Symphony and Chorus. He chaired many boards including the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association – Mid-East. He co-founded the now-named Pittsburgh Philharmonic and
co-founded, was President, and performed with the Allegheny Brass Band. His honors include: “Man of the Year” from the local American Legion, selected to “Who’s Who Among American Teachers,” recipient of the Outstanding Bandmaster Award by Phi Beta Mu, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation “Legion of Honor.” Frank was an accomplished entrepreneur who owned and managed numerous rental properties across Pittsburgh. He was a 4th Degree
Knights of Columbus – St. Teresa of Avila Church. Frank had a deep passion for teaching, music, and his family. He will be deeply missed as a gentle, but strong man who never hesitated to listen and give a hug, or kind word. His passion for family was only rivaled by his deep faith and love for the Lord. His legacy will live on through the thousands of young people he touched through music, his dear friends, and loving family. May Frank rest in peace.Friends received Sat. and Sun. 2-4, 7-9 PM at Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy. Mass of Christian Burial St. Teresa of Avila Church Monday at 10: AM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to either Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/donate or 1-888-733-6741) or St. Teresa of Avila Pipe Organ Fund (1000 Avila Court; Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or 412-367-9001).