Francis Carini(1930 - 2012)

Francis Joseph Carini


Francis Joseph Carini USAF (Ret.) SMG, born September 27, 1930 to Joseph F. Carini and Josephine Battaglia Carini in Buffalo, New York departed this life on October 28, 2012 from his home in Milton, FL.

Frank was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service in the Korean War. His military career of 38 years was a combination of active and reserve duty and civil service under contract with the USAF. In retirement, He volunteered over 12 years serving tirelessly in the Santa Rosa County Office of the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, often recognized for his dedication. He spoke individually to youth and adults about the need to stop smoking and the method that worked for him. Humble and sincere, a man of character, a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church, he leaves behind many to celebrate his expressions of love for God through service to others. One of his greatest joys was to help us all laugh. Thank you, Frank!

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Francis Blaze Carini; brother-in-law, Danny Tattenbaum and a favorite cousin, Joe Marinaccio.

He leaves behind his sister, Marie C. Tattenbaum; his wife of 14 years, Beverly Collins Carini; his beloved daughters Susan Carini and Anne Rogers (Jeff) and their mother, Patricia M. Carini and grandchildren, Brandon and Allison Rogers. Other family members are his step-children, Carolyn Fussner, Ruth Emmons, Benjamin Reeves (Allison); grandchildren, Alexis Reeves, Isaac, Lucas, Gideon, Mayra and Noah Fussner, Jonathan and Lindsay Emmons, Isabella and Christian Reeves; great-granddaughter, Mila Reeves-Sanderlin; niece, Elaine (Dave) Hollingsworth; nephews, Mark (Debbie) Tattenbaum and Danny Tattenbaum and his beloved furry child, Honey.

Pallbearers will be John Provencher, Harold Key, Dan Hahr and Stan Joy. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Dept. of Juvenile Justice Staff, Robert Chapman, Lamar Nobles, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Swaney and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hart.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 5927 Dogwood, Milton, FL with the service at 11:00 a.m. led by Pastor Ronnie Bearden, Bob Bailey and John Edwards. Interment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery with full military honors.

Donations may be made in Frank's memory to Christ United Methodist Church.

FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME NORTH, 1000 Highway 29, Cantonment, FL is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Oct. 31, 2012