Frank-Mucedola-Obituary

Frank Mucedola

Obituary

AUBURN < Frank Mucedola, 85, of 7007 State Street Road, died peacefully Saturday, March 24, 2007, after his heroic battle with prostate cancer. At his side were his loving wife and family. Frank was born in San Severo, Foggia, Italy, but lived most of his life in Auburn. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. After the love for his family, music was his life. Frank was a performer, a teacher and a composer. For many years, Frank toured Auburn and central New York playing with the Sammy Speno Orchestra. He performed as a soloist with several symphony orchestras, such as the Syracuse Symphony and the New Haven Symphony. The highlight of his musical career was performing with the world-renowned Mantovani Orchestra from 1985 until his death. They toured the world including all 50 United States, performing for millions of people. He owned and operated the Frank Mucedola Accordion School. He composed many pieces of music for the accordion; the most famous was the "Fox and the Hound," which is played throughout the world. Frank was a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the American Accordionist Association, the Italian Heritage Society and the VFW. Sgt. First Class Frank Mucedola was an Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 304th Infantry Regiment of the 76th Division as part of General Patton"s Third Army that fought through France, Luxembourg and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star with the V Device for Valor for single-handedly taking out a German gun nest with a bazooka, that had his company pinned down during a night action. The son of the late Felix and Angelina Mucedola, Frank is survived by his devoted wife, Adriana Coppola Mucedola; three sons, Felix and his wife, Mary Ann, Randolph and his wife, Amy, all from Auburn and Joseph and his wife Cathy, of Weedsport; a daughter, Anna Maria Tuori and her husband, Guy, of Cicero; sister, Dora Longo; brother, Anthony Mucedola and his wife, Margaret, all of Auburn; nine grandchildren, Felix, Mike, Frank, Joey, Diana, Adriana, Alexander, Guy and Jason; and several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to join the family for a Mass of Christian burial to be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, to be celebrated by the Rev. Louis Vasile in St. Francis Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today, March 27, in the Cheche Funeral Home. The funeral cortege will pause in front of Memorial City Hall as Wheeler Bell will be tolled, in respect to this brave man"s service for his country. Frank will be afforded full military honors. Contributions may be made in memory of Frank to the Prostate Cancer Research Department, Roswell Park Hospital, Buffalo, NY, or to St. Francis Church Building Fund. Frank"s life defined the American experience... initiated as an immigrant, tested as a patriot, and demonstrated to all as a role model. His talents as a soldier helped free a continent, his skills as a musician brought happiness to millions and ultimately, his gifted ways as a husband, father and honor bound friend set an unparalleled standard for all who knew him. To send a message to the family, sign our guest book at www.auburnpub.com and click on obituaries.

This obituary was originally published in The Citizen (Auburn, NY).

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Frank was my grandmother cousin. I just found out today and I was like, that's so cool! So I did a bit of research (I did not stalk him, I promise) and I was really sad when I realized that he passed away a few years ago. Even though I never met him, I heard a lot about him and I know for sure he was a great man.
Kind regards,
Monica

FRANK TAUGHT ME THE ACCORDION BACK IN THE 1950'S. HE WAS ALSO MY SPONSOR AT CONFIRMATION. HE VISITED MY WIFE AND I IN DES MOINES, IA WHILE ON TOUR ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO. VERY SAD TO HEAR ABOUT HIS PASSING.

FRANK TAUGHT ME THE ACCORDION BACK IN THE 1950'S. HE WAS ALSO MY SPONSOR AT CONFIRMATION. HE VISITED MY WIFE AND I IN DES MOINES, IA WHILE ON TOUR ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO. VERY SAD TO HEAR ABOUT HIS PASSING.

We are saddened by the loss of great cousin Frank Mucedola and would like to send our honor and admiration. My grandfather also played accordion here in Brazil and I was separating some pictures of him playing it and I would send to Frank and unfortunately now I regret being late. I have the tape of Frank Mucedola Sextette that he had sent me a long time ago. Frank was always a nice person with us.
We are with deep commotion by loss.

Our prayers for him.

Frank was the greatest.

I was his student from 1960 until about 1973. As part of his school and orchestra I traveled to New Haven, New York City and Washington DC. I still have my Excelsior and I take it out of the closet occasionally. And Holy Cats Man, I still got the Mucedola in me.

Like all the others, I'll never forget Frank. Frank was the greatest.

I found recently about Frank's story. Being a military (an italian Navy Captain), find news about one of my relatives, about his honourable and glorious past in the Army get me be very proud althought I never had the honor to meet him.
I'm part of the Italian family, still living in Italy, originally from San Severo, and I found by chance his existence, but too late to have the opportunity to wright to him. Mucedola's is not a big family althought very ancient and, on some extent, all of...

To the Mucedola Family: I didn't know about Frank passing until I received a Christmas card from Mary Ann and Phil. This world has never known a more dedicated family man, a true hero, and a friend. Knowing Frank and his family has been an honor, and a highlight in my lifetime. My sympathy and prayers are with Mrs. Mucedola and her family. Love, Cheri Bonci

I met Frank on one of the tours of the Mantovani Orchestra. My favorite memory of him is playing "tunes" with him in between shows in Sarasota, FL. I recently met one of his students and heard of his passing. I send my deepest condolences to the Mucedola family and share in the lost of one of the finest men I have ever met.

For over ten years, I sat weekly in the first practice room adjacent to Frank Mucedola's office. Summer and winter I was there as I grew up.

And in that small room, year after year, I learned so much more than how to play the accordion. I learned that nothing beats perseverance and that there's no substitute for self-displine. And that fun is best won AFTER the struggle.

This past March, I thought of contacting Frank. I'd picked the accordion back up after twenty years...