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Frank Balistreri

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Frank Balistreri

Frank Balistreri passed away on September 26th, 2018 at the age of 82. Frank was born in Oakland, CA. on July 5th, 1936 to Philip and Antoinette Balistreri. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Maxine Balistreri, son, Richard Balistreri, sister Rosemary Balistreri, mother of Richard Balistreri, Jeridawn Wright, grandson Phillip Balistreri, granddaughter Kashmir Balistreri, and great granddaughter Emerald Balistreri, step niece Sarah Champagne, step grand-nephew Lowell Champagne-Gamit.
Frank's family moved to San Francisco when Frank was three. Frank had a classical education and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Chemistry. He did graduate work at the University of Colorado. Upon returning to the bay area he took a job as an associate to the chemistry professors at UC Berkeley helping students with their studies.
After several jobs in the chemical waste business, he decided to strike off on his own. Starting out with one employee (himself), one truck, one customer, and one drum, Frank created North State Environmental (NSE) in April, 1980. He built the company into a thriving business. Today, NSE employs 34 people and operates in northern and southern California. He had no desire to retire and would be at the office today had he not had complications from surgery performed in April.
Frank also had gentler pursuits that brought him joy and contentment. He became an avid bowler while working in Coalinga, Ca. which he approached with a scientific flair. He managed to maintain a 182 average most of the time. Another hobby he had was oil painting that began when he was young. He lovingly created a number of portrait oil paintings of his closet family members and did a few for his friends. He and Maxine were able to travel to Europe a number of times to countries that included Italy, Spain, Morocco, France, Hawaii, Tahiti and Bora Bora. We spent a great deal of time with his grandchildren and grand-nephew taking them to visit Orlando, Anaheim, New York, and Maui. Summer weekends were spent at Pine Mountain Lake where the kids enjoyed fishing and swimming. Those were all wonderful times.
Frank was an avid reader. He enjoyed reading Homer's the Odyssey all the time. Several editions were strewn about the house. One of his favorite authors was Nikos Kazantzakis who wrote Zorba the Greek. A particular quote always rang true to him 'freedom from never ceasing strife'.
He also enjoyed the opera and introduced Maxine to the art in the early 90's. He and Maxine had seen numerous productions. They enjoyed the theatre as well, catching many repeat performances in San Francisco and New York. The family would like to recognize the extraordinary efforts on the part of UCSF Neurology, ICU, and Neurology support ward whose dedication kept Frank motivated as he strived to get better. They never gave up and neither did Frank. They have a wonderful network of caring and diligent staff members.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Anthony's Foundation in San Francisco.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 10 to Nov. 18, 2018
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