Patrick A. Fricchione

Patrick A. Fricchione Sr., 85, of Clarks Summit, died Friday surrounded by his family. He was married for 59 years to Adeline Zullo Fricchione.

Born in Scranton on Nov. 26, 1928, he was the son of the late Pasquale and Erminia Errico Fricchione. He was educated in Scranton public schools and enlisted in the Army in 1946, serving in Yokohama during the occupation of Japan. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he attended Lafayette College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1952.

After a successful 20-year career as an electrical engineer at Weston Instruments in Archbald, Pat, along with his brothers Frank, Peter and Henry, started Simplex Industries, a manufacturer of modular homes and buildings.

Pat was a founding member and past president of La Festa Italiana and a past member of the board of directors of UNICO. He served nine years as a member of the Marywood University board of trustees and was awarded the University's "Presidential Medal of Honor." In 1991, he and his family established the Fricchione Day Care Center at Marywood University. He was a board member of the Lido Ambassador Homeowners Association in Sarasota, Fla., where he resided part-time. He was an active supporter of the arts, especially opera, and worked with many civic and charitable organizations during his lifetime. Along with his wife, he was honored with the Crystal Rose Award by the Diocese of Scranton's Little Flower Manor. Pat was an active parishioner of Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit, and St. Lucy's Church in Scranton.

His family would like to thank all of his caregivers at home, Commonwealth Hospice of NEPA and especially Meri McCall, Sharon Cardamone and the extraordinary staff of Mountain View Care Center.

Surviving are a son, Patrick Jr. and wife, Ellen, Clarks Summit; four daughters, Celeste Cali and husband, Dr. Gregory, Dalton; Dr. Laura Fratello and husband, Dr. Joseph, Leonia, N.J.; Paula Fricchione and husband, Bradley Shike, Harleysville; Joanne Pivovarnik and husband, Paul, Havertown; and a brother, Donato (Dan), Gouldsboro.

Also, 11 grandchildren, Adrienne Cali Magners, Jonathan and Christopher Cali; Katie, Patrick and Melanie Fricchione; Jerry and Joseph Fratello; Ana, Bryce and Alexa Pivovarnik.

He was preceded in death by a son, Paul, as well as brothers, Frank, Peter and Henry; sisters, Angelina Casarella, Theresa Bavosa, Mary Ferrario and Emma Betress. He is remembered as a wonderful husband and dad, adored grandfather, loyal brother and uncle and true friend.

The funeral will be Tuesday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, to be celebrated by Monsignor James McGarry. Interment with military honors, Cathedral Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will take place in the Church of St. Gregory on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Paul Fricchione Scholarship Fund at Marywood University and can be sent to Marywood University, University Advancement, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.

Arrangements have been entrusted to and under the care of the Guido-Fiorillo Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Ave., Scranton.

Please visit www.guidofio for information, directions or to leave an online condolence.

Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 9, 2014