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Nick Rocco Francone

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February 22, 1937 - June 27, 2015 Nick Francone left this world and entered another on June 27, 2015, he was 78 years old. Nick had pancreatic cancer, and died peacefully at a hospice house in South Pasadena. Nick grew up in Alhambra, attended All Souls Catholic School, Alhambra High School and Pasadena City College. At the young age of 25 he went into business for himself. San Gabriel Distributing, a beer and wine wholesaling company kept him busy for about 25 years¿Nick was the ultimate sales guy, ending his food and beverage sales career about 2 years ago. He would do anything for his customers, and they loved him. Nick, also known as Sonny by his family, was an avid sports fan¿.Baseball was his life. At 19 he played for the New York Giants farm team in Georgia. Aside from watching his son and grandchildren play ball, the California Angels and the Los Angeles Rams were his favorite teams to watch and root for. His passion, however was Santa Anita Race Track. He always had a racing form and program close to his side. Nick is survived by his two children, Marci Huston of Hollister, California and Marc Francone of Las Vegas Nevada, and his sister and brother in law Jerry and Martha Montgomery of Tustin, California. He had three grandchildren, Jamie, Nicholas and Mitchell Huston, whom he adored, and various nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, Nick's family has formed a Team, and would appreciate donations made to the team. www.relayforlife.org/hollisterca The Team name is The GardenMart Cabot and Sons Mortuary 27 Chestnut Street, Pasadena, Ca. will have a viewing for Nick on Tuesday July 7th, from 5-8 PM. The funeral will be held on Wednesday July 8th at St. Andrew's Church 311 N. Raymond, Pasadena, CA at 10 AM
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 3, 2015
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