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Frank Toscano

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Frank Anthony Toscano

Worcester - Frank Anthony Toscano went to his rest on September 6, 2018, peacefully, at Cape Canaveral Hospital, near his new home in Florida. Frankie was born on Valentine's Day 1929 in Worcester, MA, and was a lover from day-one – a lover of life, of music, of sports, of his friends and of his family. He was a triple-threat at Gage Street School and North High, and a graduate of Worcester Academy and Boston College. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War after crawling through the mud at basic training with Robert Loggia at Fort Dix. He worked in US intelligence when "James Bond" technology was emerging, throwing a football and playing cards with Chuck Yeager at Area 51 while waiting for action, and sitting next to Wladziu Valentino Liberace on a flight from LA to DC. A most interesting life for a most interesting man.

As a child, he helped deliver Toscano's Market groceries with Uncles Petey and Tommy and watched Aunt Annie make her famous sausage. He ate Aunt Nelly's stuffed peppers, and Uncle Cosimo taught him about the stock market when most were still afraid of it. His grandparents and his parents, Vincenza Lepore Toscano and Joseph Arthur Toscano, were models for a young boy and man during the depression and the years that followed. He was blessed to have even more loving family members of the Lepore family, Emilio John "Babe", like a brother, and Uncles Al, Henny, and Victor, and Aunt Yolanda D'Elia, an extended family like no other, with cousins once and twice removed, still very important to him.

Frank raised his own family in Florida and Massachusetts, working as a high school teacher and football coach in Miami in the early years and eventually as a probation officer in the court system in Worcester. He was an avid card player and redoubtable story-teller both before and after retirement. He will be remembered for custard cannolis, the New York Yankees, and somehow, despite his admonition to "never gamble", usually winning when he bet on a horse. His four children, six grandchildren and great-granddaughter will love him forever and take solace in the fact that he is now singing in heaven with Frank and Dino, and hoping the rest of us have as much fun as he did on this earth.

Frank had felt very strongly that those wanting to commemorate his life after his passing do so in private. People may pay their respects anytime, forever, at or thinking of East Park in Worcester, where he spent countless days and nights, with family and friends, throwing, hitting, and catching balls of various sorts. His favorite causes were the East Side Improvement Club and the Italian American Veterans Post # 3 in Worcester, where he leaves behind many dear friends.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Sept. 11 to Sept. 14, 2018
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