Sep 15, 1930 - Jun 20, 2014
Frederick Paul Farina of Modesto passed away on June 20, 2014 at the age of 83.
He was born on September 15, 1930, in Stratford, Connecticut, to parents Frederick Paul Farina and Antoinette Gerino. He was one of nine children.
While growing up in Connecticut, he helped to run his father's luncheonette and laundry business. He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, serving four years as a communication specialist and eventually Staff Sergeant. His service included a tour of duty in Japan. It was the Air Force that brought Fred to California, stationing him at Castle Air Force Base in Atwater. He later met his future wife, Jennie Venturi, while in Modesto on leave. They married in 1953.
Fred attended Modesto Junior College graduating in 1959 with an AA in Business Administration. He attended college full-time while working full-time for Lucky Stores. He would rise through the ranks to become Assistant Manager before moving on. He then went to work as a salesman with McCormick and Company (Schilling spices) and later became one of their top account executives. Fred was outstanding in all areas of sales, being named Top Salesman in the Zone for 28 years and selected Salesman of the Year in 1969, 1970, and 1973. He was the recipient of the coveted C. P. McCormick Award four times - the Gold, Ruby, Sapphire, and most prestigious Diamond Award. He was a member of the Modesto Quality Travelers where he was recognized as their Salesman of the Year in 1976. The QT Club honored him again, along with other recipients of the Salesman of the Year awards, at a dinner in 2007.
During his retirement Fred traveled with his wife, Jennie, to Spain, Italy, Hawaii, and across the United States. He was a talented trumpet player, a lover of American History, particularly the Civil War era, and an aficionado on the American presidents. Fred was a lover of music from the great band era to the Three Tenors, and greats like Perry Como and Harry James. One of his best memories was attending a concert of his favorite tenor Jose Carreras.
Fred is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 45 years, Jennie Farina, his son, Brian Farina and four siblings, Jerry Farina, Mario Farina, Josephine Sobon and Margaret Enis. He is survived by his three children, Patricia (Roger) Beauchesne of Modesto, Frederick (Ann) Farina, Jr. of Modesto, and Karen (David) Harrison of Dublin; four siblings, Rose Re and Antoinette Dias of Stratford, Connecticut; Violet Reynolds of Bridgeport, Connecticut and Albert Farina of Waterbury, Connecticut; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Franklin & Downs Funeral Home. A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1st, from 4 to 7 PM with a rosary beginning at 6 PM at Franklin & Downs McHenry Chapel. A funeral mass is scheduled for Wednesday, July 2nd at 9:30 AM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, committal will follow the service at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery.
Franklin & Downs Funeral Home
1050 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA 95350
Published in the Modesto Bee from June 28 to June 30, 2014