Phillip Frazetta

November 30, 2021 - October 03, 2014

Phillip Joseph Frazetta, age 86, of Beechview, passed away on Friday, October 3, 2014. Beloved husband of Terri (Grove) Frazetta; Loving father of Dina F. Miller-Ponas (Glenn Ponas) and Lt. Col Phillip H. Frazetta (USAF Retired) (Diane Bailey Frazetta); Proud grandfather of Alex Miller, Cayla GraceFrazetta, Phillip Frazetta, and Jake Ryan Frazetta; Brother of Angelo Frazetta (Anna Marie); Brother-in-law of Louise Frazetta; and preceded in death by sisters Frannie Wolpert and Josephine Hogan, and brothers Jack and Samuel; also survived by many loving relatives and friends. Born and raised on Ridge Avenue in the North Side during the Great Depression, Phill began working at an early age, setting the tone for hisentire life. His early jobs included used metal reselling, a newspaper stand, and the National Casket Company. He served honorably in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, during which he was wounded twice in battle and was awarded the Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster. Following the war, Phill followed his entrepreneurial dreams. In the 1960’s he owned several pool halls along Fifth Avenue in Uptown. He purchased a small lemon ice machine which he grew into Phil’s Lemon Ice Company with 17 trucks that served the entire Western PA area. In the mid 70’s, he became the head concessionaire at the Pittsburgh Arts Festival, a position he held for over 15 years. He expanded his concessions business toinclude the Pittsburgh Regatta, Pittsburgh Marathon, Great Race, Vintage GrandPrix, North Park, South Park, Boyce Park, and numerous fairs and festivalsthroughout Western Pennsylvania. He was the proprieter of Amercan Ski Rental, which serviced the Boyce Park Ski Lodge foryears. Phill’s work was a family affair,and chances are that if you had a hot sausage sandwich, waffle ice creamsandwich, or ice ball at an event in Pittsburgh, Phill or his family servedyou. Remembering his family’s struggles during the depression,Phill took a special but quiet pride in giving back to the community he loved so dearly. He was an avid supporter ofthe Pittsburgh Childrens Festival and Special Olympics, gladly donating his company’s time and resources. Phill had a special fondness for Sanibel Island, where he welcomed and entertained family and friends with abounding hospitality. He was a member of the Sanibel Island Lions Club, and was an avid if not particularly successful fisherman. Phill’s Sicilian heritage was well known to his family andfriends. He was a member of the Pittsburghchapter of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America. Phill will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, silky smooth style, and the loving way in which he cared for his family. Friends received on Monday and Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9PM at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 806 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp., A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:30AM in St. Teresa of Avila Church. Memorial contributions can bemade to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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  • Keith Horchens

    So sorry for your loss Teri, Phillip, Dina, and all. I had no idea that Phil had passed, I just got a feeling to do a search for him on Google and found his Obituary.

  • Keith Horchens

    So sorry for your loss Teri, Phillip, Dina, and all. I had no idea that Phil had passed, I just got a feeling to do a search for him on Google and found his Obituary. I know that I left things bad between us and I regret that. I truly did think of him as a father figure, and I loved him and miss him and now I’ll never get the chance to let him know. May you rest in peace Phil, Keith

  • Tina and Simon Koutoufaris

    There wasn’t another one like him. My mentor!!! He was an inspiration to all of us in the concessions business.
    He WILL be missed
    Tina k


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