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 ( or 1-888-733-6741) or St. Teresa of Avila Pipe Organ Fund (1000 Avila Court; Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or 412-367-9001).

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  • Tom and Audrey Schirra

    Words can’t express our sorrow! We lost one of our best and most special friends.

  • Dennis Appel ’78

    I too wish to express my sympathy to the family, and to the friends of “Mr. Farina”, of which I am sure there are countless. It’s hard to fathom just how many people learned from, and took a part of his passion, loyalty, and enthusiasm into there adult lives. I did.

  • John Orsini

    Dear Mrs Farina and family,
    I regret not being able to be there this weekend. We will always think fondly of Mr. Farina. Everyone will tell you what a great influence he was and that is certainly true. Everyone will tell you how he inspired us and that is certainly true. But, he also let us be kids. He was a very kind and caring leader. He was our Mr. Farina.

  • bill lang

    Mr Farina, Frank, was a gifted and insprirational individaul. He will be remembered almost as an institution of motivation performance , musicianship, and compassion. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs Farina, Maria, Laura and Frank, your father and husband was a wonderful man and I respected and admired him very much. Bill Lang class of 1980

  • Gregory Morrissey

    My deepest sympathies go out to the family of a great man, Mr. Frank Farina. That’s how I knew him. He, like so many others have said, touched so many hearts. I have wonderful memories, that I will cherish forever. God bless you, Frank. God rest your soul.

  • Kay Bennett Sees

    It was with sincere sadness that I read of Frank’s passing. He was a wonderful mentor, friend and man who opened his arms to anyone with an interest in music or in need. I can honestly say that he was the bright spot in my teenage years. Without his encouragement and laughter I may not have made it through. He will be remembered by many with love and missed sorely by all.

  • George "Chip" Wanner

    So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was always one of my Mother’s (Ruth) favorites! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Teresa Austin Huhn ’86

    I was fortunate to have enjoyed my high school years as part of Mr. Farina’s “Marching 300”. After college I got to be part of the Allegheny Brass Band with him. I was away from it for many years and have gone back to it only during the past year. Mr. Farina (never could bring myself to call him Frank) always had a warm smile and often asked me about my kids and talked about his grandkids. He never let his health condition or oxygen tank stop him from enjoying the company of fellow musicians.

    My deepest sympathies to his entire family. Thank you for sharing him with us all these years.

  • Julia Wagner Lefelar

    To the Farina Family:
    I am so proud to have been part of the family that Mr. Farina built. Not only was he a teacher to us, but a mentor and friend as well. Music would not have been as important to me if it wasn’t for the emphasis he put on getting it right mixed with a lot of fun mainly because of his sense of humor. We looked up to him so much. He will always be in our hearts. God Bless you all.

  • Linda Mackey Scovern

    My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of “Mr. Farina”. I am so thankful that we were able to hold the Canevin HS Band Reunion, “The Frank Farina Years” a few years ago to honor this wonderful music educator who made such an important impact on many of our lives. During his tenure at Canevin, the third week of August was always Band Camp at Camp Konokwee (this week.) So, it may be fitting that we are remembering and reflecting on
    his life years after we would spend an entire week memorizing music, pre-game and half-time marching routines. Frank will be missed by so many. My prayers are with you all.

  • Greg Bacon

    So many memories… so many great times! I’m grateful for those times and I’m sorry for those who never had the opportunity to know Mr. Farina, “Frank.”

    Peace to his family and many friends!!

  • Kathy Coll

    Barb and family, the Lord has called the “Music Man”to lead the marching 300 angels! I am so proud to have known Frank as a co-worker at NA. He always instilled in kids the love of music and the discipline of excellence in all they did. Thank you for all the smiles and hugs.

  • Mary Ellen (Snyder) Dougall

    Pgh.has lost an incredible man! I
    met him at Millvale High,his 1st teaching job, when I was a Sr… met him again and again over the years..Allegheny Brass Band, Tuba Xmas, etc. I’ll always remember him. Sincere condolences to you, Barbara, and the rest of the family. Mary Ellen Dougall

  • Keith Johnston

    Frank’s love of music and of teaching was wonderful. His philosophy of music education, and teaching students about life through music, will continue through the thousands of his students who were lucky enough to learn from him. One of the stated goals I have for my university band students is directly inspired by Frank: “To be good and decent persons, to seek out the best in others, and to help those less fortunate.” Thank you Frank!

  • Tracey Trunick-Lintelman

    I cannot express my sadness. He was an amazing man and he touched so many lives in so many ways. He was like a father to all of us who were in marching band and we all loved him. I wish I could be there in person to hug you all and remind you how much he meant to me. I thank God for the blessing named Frank Farina may he watch over us all from his scaffolding in Heaven. Allamen!

  • Ed and Lorraine Sarver

    Our deepest sympathy to the Farina family. Frank will always have a special place in our hearts for the many wonderful opportunities he gave our daughter and others to grow through music and a group activity. His commitment to allowing all kids who had an interest in participating in the band took an exceptional effort when others stressed competition among only the elite. He exemplified what it means to be, as he put it, “for the kids.”

  • Bill Matoka 82

    My thoughts and prayers to Farina family,Frank was such a good man. I have a lot of good memories with the band, what a man. Thanks Frank.

  • Mary (Arrington) Wolf

    One aspect of high school (’84) that I truly enjoyed was being part of the band thanks to Mr. Farina, who made it cool and fun, yet expected us to be very disciplined. He was one of few teachers who had a major positive impact and I will never forget. As many have said, he was all about the kids!
    Rest in peace, Mr. Farina

  • Pat McNamee

    My condolences to Mr. Farina’s family and loved ones. Frank was a true inspiration in my life. His influence started me on a career path in music where I have never worked a day but have enjoyed everyday for the last 39 years. I will miss him.

  • Mary Ellen Smergalski James

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Farina. He was an inspiration for me. He taught me about leadership and so much more. I cherish the memories and will never forget his smiling face. I wish I had had the courage to tell him how much he influenced me then and even now.

  • Steve Baker

    Very saddened by the news. Mr. Farina was both a great motivator & ambassador of fun and music. With him, fun was not very far away from the music. It showed in the enthusiasm his students exhibited in all things ’band’ in the mid 1970’s
    I had a rare opportunity to see and speak with him perhaps 10 years ago on vacation. I was able to tell him to his face that he was my favorite teacher in high school. I also must admit, I felt slightly guilty about the fact he, by then, had become hard of hearing–I think I understand why.
    Mr. Farina will be missed.

  • Linda Pohto

    Dear Barb and family,I’m deeply saddened by the loss of my good friend and the Greatest Band Director in the world. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Our Lord will get you and family through this difficult time. God Bless, Linda Pohto

  • Joely (Carlson) White

    I was so sad to hear the news of Mr. Farina’s passing. May God comfort you during this difficult time, and may He bring many memories to your minds that bring smiles to your faces as you think of him!

    When I picture Mr. Farina, I picture him smiling and giving people big hugs! I was part of the “Marching 300” way back when, and Mr. Farina always made everyone feel like he loved them. What a dear man. I’m honored to have been taught by him…and hugged by him too! 🙂

    My deepest sympathy,
    Joely (Carlson) White

  • Joely (Carlson) White

    I was so sad to hear the news of Mr. Farina’s passing. May God comfort you during this difficult time, and may He bring many memories to your minds that bring smiles to your faces as you think of him!

    When I picture Mr. Farina, I picture him smiling and giving people big hugs! I was part of the “Marching 300” way back when, and Mr. Farina always made everyone feel like he loved them. What a dear man. I’m honored to have been taught by him…and hugged by him too! 🙂

    My deepest sympathy,
    Joely (Carlson) White

  • Julie & Tom Ehrenberger

    You will be missed. We couldn’t have asked for better neighbors. We knew from your Sant Claus welcome, our first Christmas as neighbors, that you were a special man. We love you and Barb. You and your family will remain in our hearts and prayers forever.
    Julie & Tom

  • Lydia Fritsche

    Frank meant so much to so many. He will be missed!

  • Janis Ramey

    Dear Barb and the rest of the Farina family,
    Losing Frank is a terrible loss. I will miss him in so many ways: his generosity, his humor, his kindness and empathy, his leadership, and of course his musicianship.

  • Terry Braun

    My deepest sympathy to Barb and the family. I know the angels are waiting to play some great tunes and abuunga past the pearly gates. Frank will be missed but never forgotten, there are too many of us who’s life he has influenced and made us better for it. Rest in peace…

  • Anne Smith

    My deepest sympathies to Frank’s family. I met Frank through the ABB and his enthusiasm and passion for the group was inspiring.

  • Heather Williams

    As a former NA band member, Mr. Farina was a huge presence in my teenage years. He was a wonderful mentor and role mode and doubtless touched the lives of thousands. My prayers are with his family and friends. I’m sure Mr. Farina is doing the Abunga in heaven right now!

    Heather Buxton Williams, NA ’95

  • Evelyn Glotfelty Walters

    Let me add my name to the long list of people whose lives were made richer having known Mr Frank Farina. Our years in marching band were treasured times that changed us all for the better, and Mr Farina was the instrument of that change. He taught us to stand up straight and face every challange head on, to do our best, to work hard and to be proud of ourselves. I’ll never forget Mr Farina shouting down from the scaffolding onto the old practice field at me, mispronouncing my name (on purpose) just to get a rise out of me “E-V!!! Get those silks in line” to a chorus of nerdy girls yelling, “Don’t call us silks!We’re the flag team!” or reminding all 300 of us that we better shape up or we weren’t going anywhere but “the Toilet Bowl” or waiting hours to march through Pittsburgh in a freezing rain, wrapped in garbage bags! For all his gruffness and temper, there was as much pride and care. He brought us all together and gave us the most wonderful times of our lives, friendships that have lasted a lifetime, and treasured memories. Rest in Peace, Mr Farina, You are loved by so many, Thank you for making us better people, for giving us “Tiger Power” Abooga, Forever.

  • Vicky Lander Porter

    My thoughts and prayers to the Farina family. Mr Farina was my high school band director in the 1970’s . he brought joy and music to so many. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with North Allegheny Hih School!

  • Diane Zubik Wiles

    Dear Farina Family,
    Please know how much Frank meant to all of us at NA. He was an amazingly talented music teacher and awesome band director. I am so fortunate to have had his guidance and to this day, I have an abundance of love for music… NA Tigers holds incredible fond memories for so many of us and we are forever indebted to Frank for his passion and drive to get us all to strive to be the best we can be.. marching at 3 Rivers Staduim in one solid line was the most powerful and memorable moment for me.. how AWESOME to be a part of that! Maria.. miss you!

  • Alice and Gib Smith

    Our deepest symphathy to everybody. We have many fond memories and laughs from when our son Gibby was in the band. He was a great band director and friend.

  • Shelle Steffler Baldwin

    My deepest sympathy to his family. And I remember them oh so young, babies. He was blessed with a wonderful family and has made such impact on so many lives throughout his life. A well respected family man with a heart bigger than Texas.

    His genuine out pouring of kindness and caring of others superseded all. He was so ahead of his time. And you know how you say things that are approperiate for the time…but everything I say here is so very true..May he rest in peace , for he will never be forgotten in so many lives. Especially mine ! ~with deepest fond memories ~ 1979 NA Marching Band ~Shelle Steffler Baldwin

  • Gary A. Coester

    Mr. Farina was a great mentor, role model, leader, motivator, and friend to THOUSANDS! The lives he has touched will always remember him. He reminded us that “we are awesome!”

    Mr. Farina, YOU are awesome!

  • Shelle Steffler Baldwin

    and one more thing…..He was the only one that could use the work “DORK” and get his point accross while making us smile 🙂

  • Rhonda (Moore) & Greg Peischl

    Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Farina family! We are so sad to hear about Frank. We were so lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of the NA Marching Tigers under Frank’s direction/passion/enthusiasm and are still enjoying Marching bands today as our oldest son’s HS band competes. Frank will truly be missed but never forgotten – thank you for all the memories Frank, may you rest in peace.

  • Debbie Bicker (Dezi)

    May the Angels of the Lord watch over his family and give them guidence through this difficult time. Mr Farina will be remembered in everyones heart as a kind teacher. He was a mentor to many of his students. He was my favorite teacher.

  • Paul & Paula Palmer

    Barb, Laura, Maria and Frank and families,

    Paula and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and NAHS musical theater collaborator. Frank Farina was a music educator whose minimal standard was excellence. My first exposure to his genius was back in 1973 when, as a new teacher in the district, I was hired at mid-season to replace a varsity football line coach who had fallen ill. We were warming up prior to the first game I would coach and I was talking to head coach Frank Walton when the band marched down to the field to “N-A-Ti-Gers-Are GRRRREEEEAAAT”. Frank and I started bouncing up and down and were ready to play the game ourselves. And the musicals.. the musicals were pure magic. And how proud Frank was of Frankie in Music Man and Birdie.

    Requiem aeternam my friend. You sleep now in God’s loving embrace.


  • Shelly Koontz Foley

    To all of the Farina family, my thoughts & prayers are with you. But I have a huge smile on my face thinking of all the angels in heaven learning how to do the Abbunga. Thanks to Mr Farina not only did the Marching 300 get to go to awesome bowl games but also had the privilege of knowing a great teacher that truly cared!

  • Lori O’Neill

  • Bill Maruca

    My condolences to the Farina family. Frank was a talented, inspirational and dedicated educator whose love of music and teaching was apparent to everyone who knew him. They truly don’t make ’em like that anymore. He will be missed by generations of his students.

  • Lisa Frey

    Dear Farina Family, Please accept my sympathies at the loss of this wonderful person and teacher. I am grateful that he gave me the opportunity to be the NA Tiger mascot for one season. I wanted to share with you some of the comments posted on NA Class of 1981 Facebook page:”That moment when he would point to you in stage band – “take a solo!” – exciting yet terrifying. Wonderful memories.” “I will miss him dearly.”Great memories of a great man. He invested himself in all of us and I am grateful.” I was in choir, but I too have fond memories of Mr. Farina. Teachers like him are few and far between. He was appreciated.”

  • Gary Rockwell

    It seems like only yesterday I saw Mr. Farina in Gettysburg, PA when he was driving a Lenzner bus. It was several years after I graduated high school when I happened to be traveling through at the same time as him. While his passengers were out on a tour of Gettysburg, I sat inside the coach with him and we talked for almost 2 hours. I spoke with him a few times since on the phone. He was always very easy to talk to and willing to listen and offer advice. Mr Farina was a great leader, mentor, and teacher. He will be greatly missed.

  • Rick Finkelstein

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family Barbara. Frank was one of the important people in my life as an young musician, He had a great sense of humor and was a kind and gentle man.
    Love and Prayers,

    Rick Finkelstein
    Class of 1976
    AP Music Theory
    Director of Choral Activities
    Taylor Allderdice High School
    Pittsburgh PA

  • Bill and Donna Hathawaay

    During the holiday season of 1985-1986 when the Marching 300 went to the Gator Bowl, Frank was instramental in introducing Bill and I. From then on, our lives have been changed. We are so extremely proud and thankful that we had the privilege of knowing this wonderful loving and giving man. His devotion to his passion has created many generations of individuals he can be proud of. We love you!!!

  • Joan Russinovich Deever

    I remember the words you said that inspired us. I’m happy to say I was in band for 4 years. Your voice lives on in the kids who passed through your guidance. I remember having to ’run the laps’ and the reasons why. You will always hold a place in my heart.

  • Michele

    I went to NA high school from 1992-1996 and was in the band for all 4 of those years. Mr Farina was a great teacher and mentor and I have many fond memories of high school because of him! I was saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest and sincerest condolences to his friends and family.

  • Bob Braun

    RIP Mr. Farina….You were an inspiration to all of us….you will be missed.

  • Mike Powell

    I am sorry and stunned about the loss of Mr. Farina. Frank was one of the greatest influences in my life. I always knew that I would grow up and be a band director. I was so excited to be able to see Frank and the NA Band at the Orange Bowl in Miami and even more proud that he was able to see me an my band. So much of what I did as a band director I learned from Frank! I am deeply saddened by his passing and will never forget him.

    God bless you all.

  • Debra Ridgway

    Laura, So sorry for your lost. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Kari J Nye(Weir)

    No words can fully express the love and dedication Mr. Farina showed his students. He will be deeply missed. All of my prayers and thoughts go to his lovely family.

  • Susan Kennedy

    My deepest sympathy to the entire Farina family. Frank was always so cheerful and an absolute delight. His musical talent touched many lives.
    Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God guide you gently through this very difficult time.
    Heaven has gained another angel.

  • Steve Bloomquist

    My father played trombone in the band at Millvale high school during Frank’s first year as a teacher. A generation later, I crossed paths with him many times in the music department as a student at North Allegheny. He was always a positive influence in the lives of students, and he had a great sense of humor. Please accept my condolences for the loss of such a memorable man.

  • Mary Jane Snyder

    Our deepest sympathies to the Farina Family from First Presbyterian Church, where Frank and the Allegheny Brass Band were treasured guests.
    May our caring Christ comfort all who mourn.

  • Wendy Besterman

    My years in the Canevin Band gave positive shape to my adult years. Mr. Farina was the inspiration for hard work, camaraderie, and fun. My condolences to the Farina family in your time of grief … Wendy

  • Bob & Sylvia Danehy

    Barbara and family,
    Words cannot express our gratitude for all that Frank did for our kids and the thousands of others whose lives he touched. Our years associated with NA band are some of our fondest memories, and we speak of them still.

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. God bless Frank!

  • Jenn white

    Mr farina was such an inspiration to all of us at NA. His sense of humor and respect for us taught me so much and I have used that to get through times in my life throughout the years.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Please know that he has a place in hundreds of people’s hearts.

  • Steven Migyanko

    My best and most fondest memories from high school are of those with the band. Frank’s dedication and passion to music and the teachings of it was beyond reproach. He had a way af making things easy to understand.

    May his Memory be Eternal

  • Judy Rzaca

    To the Farina family, I was so sad to hear of your loss yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Frank was a wonderful leader, teacher and musician. He taught all of us so many things and gave us so many wonderful opportunities and experiences. I have so many fond memories of the games, parades and trips that he enabled us to participate in.

    I was so PROUD to see the North Allegheny Tiger Marching Band in the Rose Bowl parade many years ago. I knew it was the tape that was submitted when I was in band that enabled the band that particular year to go. It was one of his dreams to attend that parade and I’m so glad he was able to fulfill that dream as he helped us fulfill many of ours.

    He will be sadly missed, but all of us will have the memories of the times spent with him forever!

  • David Brunner

    Mr. Farina,

    You were like a father to all of us in the Marching 300. You brought us all togerther to achieve greatness and motivated us daily. You were a great role model and always wanted sucess for us. You taught me my love for music and inspired me. You will be missed not only by your family but by everyone that you taught across the years. To the Farina family I send my deepest sympathies. You husband/father/uncle/grandfather was a great man and will always be remember that way. Warm up the band cause when we see you again we’ll join in!

    Thanks for being in our lives!!

  • Jim Speicher

    Dear Farina family, thank you so much for sharing Frank with all of us. I will always count it an honor to have his wonderful influence in my life.

    Also, I want you to know that Sandy has set up a Facebook group “Honoring Frank Farina” for sharing memories.

  • Mary Ann Brown

    Laura, Mike and the entire Farina Family:

    I was so sorry to learn of your father’s passing but know that he’s in a much better place. I enjoyed the times that I got to meet him over the years and got to see how much he loved each of you.

    He touched many lives. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Mary Ann

  • Gene Modic

    I always enjoyed my time with Frank. Teaching with him at NAI, golfing locally, trips to Myrtle Beach, or just chance encounters in the community. Great man…… As you, I will miss him.

  • Wendy Rittmeyer

    I knew Mr. Farina through flag team as part of the “Marching 300” and more recently as a chair massage client at a chiropractor’s office. I made mention to him that I was in the band while he was the director. He didn’t seem to remember me, but that did not take away from the warmth and kindness he showed to me. He even insisted I call him Frank. He always had a warm greeting for me, some kind words and gratitude for the massage. He will be missed by this woman.

  • Steve Kraus

    “If I have seen futher, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” How true that is for all of the people that Frank has lifted up over the years. His life will continue to inspire generations for years to come.

    I am deeply saddened over the loss of the man that was a Father figure in my life, but I am happy that he has found his place in Heaven. The Lord has hired a new Band Director….I can only imagine the reception he received….what a sight to see and hear…Allamen…Yauchahoya….Yushkabubba….Yahmushka…..Who’s Number One?….you are Frank…you always will be.

  • Jeff Gruber

    My thoughts and prayers to the family! Mr. Farina was a great man, the heart and soul of North Allegheny Marching 300!

  • Sandy and Jim Speicher

    So sorry to the entire Farina family for your loss. We hope you know how much he and all of you are loved. He was a great teacher to many!
    Praying for comfort to you during this difficult time.
    Jim, Sandy, Katie and Emily Speicher

  • Marie (Turkovich) Edinger

    My deepest sympathies to the whole Farina family. I have many fond memories of Mr. Farina, and the NA Marching 300!! May you rest in peace, Mr. Farina.

    Marie (Turkovich) Edinger

  • Mike and Sandy Ferko

    Dear Laura, Mike and Family,
    We’re so sorry to hear of the death of your Father. Please know that your Dad, you, and your family are in our prayers.
    Mike and Sandy Ferko

  • Jenny Allerton Monier

    Some of the best years of my life were while I was in marching band with Mr. Farina. He demanded excellence and was able to bring out the best in his students.

  • Joe, Bethany, and Gia DeMore

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Farina was a great man! He always had a smile on his face and always knew how to make you laugh! He was loved and will be missed by many!

  • Andrea (Greca) Ruggieri

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Farina family – I was in the NA marching band from 1986-1988 & I can say with total confidence that we all loved Mr. Farina. He was such a wonderful, funny and dedicated teacher and we all knew he truly cared. Please know that there are literally generations of NA students who are thinking of you all & remebering Mr. Farina with love & respect.

  • Muchoney Family

    We will miss you dear Frank. You have meant so very much to our family. Your dedication to “it’s for the kids” enabled my children to have many wonderful experiences both in the US and in Europe. I know that I will miss our lunches, deep discussions, laughter, and working on the Allegheny Brass Band and golfing with you as you always shot par. I will miss you my dear friend…….god bless!

    Jim Muchoney

  • Lisa Mountcastle Bracamonte

    I have many fond memories of marching with the famous 300. Mr. Farina taught us how to be the best and always made sure we had fun too! He was a great teacher, who left an indelible mark on our hearts.

  • Randy and Cathy Schirra

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Farina family, Bard, Maria, Luara and Frankie and your families in the loss of one of the greatest husbands/father, not to mention music teachers/band directors and genuine friend and great person….Mr. Frank Farina…the father of TIGER PRIDE and the MARCHING 300…we will miss you Frank

  • Donna Huminsky-Fulmer

    Frank will be missed by many, undoubtedly thousands, as that is how many peoples lives he touched. I never knew a teacher who loved his students and had such passion for his work. My fondest memories of him were of him jumping around on top of the scaffolding in the parking lot at band practices just smirking at how scared the others up there with him looked as it shook. And how he would yell at you then turn around and give you a smile and a wink. I was fortunate to see him over the years after graduation when a friend became his coworker. His loss has left a void in the hearts of many but he filled those hearts with his passion for music and his love of people. God rest your soul Frank. You were a wonderful man!

  • Mr. and Mrs. Keith Davis

    Keith and I were so sad today to hear of Frank’s death. We fondly remember the wonderful day we spent in Baltimore harbor. We so enjoyed the day with your family and dinner with you both. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during the days ahead.2

  • Cookie Kale

    Mr. Frank Farina was an inspiration to all. He was filled with Joy, Love & Passion. He had a gift & a talent that he shared & instilled into all of his students, he shared his passion for MUSIC & it was felt nationwide! I am so Blessed to have known this GREAT man in the capacity that I did! My deepest sympathy to his Family, Friends & Students, Frank Farina was loved very much by all who knew him. I thank God still to this very day for this man who made music a passion for me! My prayers are with you all at this sad time. Please take a moment to CELEBRATE the LIFE of Mr. Frank Farina, a man who Lived well, Laughed much & Loved often! ?????
    Thank you for your loving gift to us all!


    Cookie Kale

  • June Gestine Stufft, CHS ’68

    Barbara, Maria, Laura, Frank,

    We are saddened by your loss and grieve with you. Mr. Farina’s impact on my life, and career choice, was deeply affected by his love of music. His legacy lives on in the lives of our children and our students. You are in our prayers.

  • Linda Geyer

    My deepest sympathy to the Farina Family. He was a superb man, a great teacher and a wonderful Band Director. I was in the marching band with him for four great years. God Bless !

    Linda Geyer
    NA Class of 81

  • teri grendzinski

    Mr. Farina was a huge influence in my life. He will be missed.


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