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Giacomo Jack Farina, 82, longtime resident of Newton, passed away peacefully from complications related to Parkinsons Disease on March 10, 2018 at Belmont Manor Nursing Home surrounded by his beloved family. Jack was predeceased by his parents Augusto and Marietta (Rossi) Farina of Atina Italy, his brothers Leo, Paolo and Angelo, his sister Livia, and his beloved daughter Maria Cristina Farina. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Iliana (Bove) Farina, and his sister Anna of Atina Italy. Jack is also survived by his loving son Anthony of Newton and his wife Linda and their three daughters Juliana, Emma and Michela; his loving son Dino of Sudbury and his wife Susan; his loving daughter Paula Farina Pollis of Newton and her husband Ed and their son Andrew and daughters Nicole and Emily; and his loving son Michael of Winchester and his wife Kimberley and their twins Theo and Grace. Jack grew up in Atina, Italy and came to America in 1956. Jack worked in construction with his cousins at the James Farina Corporation in Newton where they worked on large-scale projects all over New England. He went back to Atina in 1961 to marry his childhood sweetheart, Iliana Lana, and they returned to the area after honeymooning in Italy. The couple initially settled in Watertown where their first daughter, Maria, was born in 1962. Soon thereafter, Jack and his brother started Farco Cycles down the Lake in Newton where they sold and repaired all sorts of Italian bicycles, scooters, cars and motorcycles. Jack was instrumental in introducing power snowblowers to the area and he even went so far as to truck in piles of snow for demonstrations in the summer | it was quite the spectacle on Watertown Street! Jacks magnetic charisma, determination, and skills as an expert mechanic and businessman allowed the business to flourish. Meanwhile, Jack and Lanas family started to grow with Anthony being born in 1964, Dino in 1966, Paula in 1968 and Michael in 1972. In 1975, Jack and Lana courageously set out on their own and started Farina Cycles in Watertown. The business thrived under their close watch for many years as they established a sterling reputation for power equipment and bicycle sales and service in the greater Boston area, all while the children learned lifelong skills by being involved in a true family business. The business continues to grow and serve the area with Anthony, Paula and Michael at the helm. Dino went out and started his own company, Proveris Scientific, in Marlborough. Jack was a kind, gentle, fun loving, and generous man who was deeply committed to his family and community, and was immensely proud of his Italian heritage while having deep respect for America and the American Dream. He was president of the Atina San Marco Society in Newton for many years and was an active member in the club up until the time of his death. He was an accomplished bocce player and won numerous local, state and national level championships, including a miraculous win of the 2016 Atina San Marco tournament with two of his friends where he displayed his championship skills despite the debilitations of his Parkin- sons Disease | everyone was amazed at watching him! Jack also had lifelong pass- ions for making his own wine, foraging for wild mushrooms in the local area, gardening at home, and trout fishing in the streams of northern New Hampshire. Most of all, Jack loved his family and having fun. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and going back to Atina with Lana to visit their longtime friends and families in the old country, including a memorable 50th anniversary celebration in 2011 where he and Lana renewed their vows in the medieval church they were married in in Atina. Jack and Lana deeply cherished their involvement in organizations that were dedicated to helping the sick and disabled, including the Pan Mass Challenge for cancer research (in Marias honor) and most significantly the Parkinsons Family Support Program at the Jewish Family and Childrens Service in Waltham. For many years, Jack found great solace singing in the groups Tremble Clefs ensemble and both he and Lana were very active in the groups therapeutic dancing programs for people with Parkinsons Disease | they both very much looked forward to the Wednesday sessions and appreciated the dedication of those who built and ran the innovative and effective programs. Because of his deep appreciation for their work and in lieu of flowers, Jack very much preferred that donations be made to the Parkinsons Family Support Program at the Jewish Family and Childrens Service in Waltham, MA. Visiting hours were held in the Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home, 365 Watertown St, Rt. 16, Newton, Wedne- sday, March 14, from 4-8PM and again Thursday morning at 9:30AM, before proceeding to Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St, Newton for a 10:30AM Funeral Mass. Entombment Newton Cemetery.
Published in The Newton Tab from Mar. 18 to Mar. 28, 2018
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