Frank J. Varrichione
1932 - 2018
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Frank Joseph Varrichione, 85, peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Frank was the beloved husband of Mitzi (Durock) Varrichione. He was the doting father of Vicki Garland and husband Doug, the late Frank Varrichione II and his wife Maria, Terri Henry and husband Edmund, and Lauri Baker. He was the proud grandfather of seven; Ron Varrichione, Sam Garland, Mark Henry, Hannah Garland, Anthony Varrichione, Matthew Henry and Michael Varrichione and was the great-grandfather of Annabella Varrichione. Born in Natick, MA on January 14, 1932, Frank was the son of Joseph Varrichione and Mary Grace (Zugale) Varrichione. The youngest of ten, he was the cherished brother of Louise, Pat, Carmella, Netta, Tony, Betty, Annie, Francis, and Mario, along with a long list of nieces and nephews, cousins and second cousins. He was a generous friend to all who met him and he never said no to anyone in need. Frank is a celebrated professional football player. He was a graduate of Natick High School and was a 4 year starter for the Notre Dame University football team. In 1955 he was a first round draft pick and was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played 11 years of professional football as right offensive tackle and retired from the Los Angeles Rams as the offensive captain. Frank played in five pro-bowl games including his rookie year. Frank was inducted into the Natick High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the Boston Chapter of the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame and was selected for the right tackle position to the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Legends team as well as a Steelers Hall of Famer. Franks greatest joy came from the 64 years he spent with his wife Mitzi. Together they shared the comfort of family and cherished all the times their family came together to celebrate their devotion. They could always count on him to sing love songs to his wife at every gathering and learned from him what it meant to be a good and honest man. He did it his way. A funeral Mass celebrating Franks magnificent life will be Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10AM in St. Tarcisius Church, 562 Waverly St., Framingham. At the familys request, there will be no Visiting Hours. Arrangements are entrusted to the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St., Framingham. In honor of this great man, donations can be made to Saint Tarcisius Church, 562 Waverly St., Framingham, MA 01702 To leave a message of condolence please visit www.

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Published in The Framingham Tab from Jan. 9 to Jan. 19, 2018.
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June 3, 2020
I realize it has been 2 years since the Frank's passing, but I just found out about it now. I knew this lovely family more than 50 years ago when I was a child and the Varrichione family was living in LA. I was close to Vicki, and never forgot her. Frank was a kind man. I would love if we could reconnect.
eileen pontrelli
August 29, 2018
Dear Mitzi, I just found and read Frank's obituary. I am saddened by your great loss. He was a man, larger than life and so good! I will always remember your kindness and generosity each time I visited you with Aunt Catherine and Uncle Pat, when I was a little girl. I remember the family home in Framingham, where all would gather in front of a small TV to watch Frank's prowess on the football field! Aunt Catherine loved you so much. Now they are together in heaven. I keep you and your family in my prayers.
Catherine DiChiaro (Barbaria)
January 17, 2018
So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was a great guy who was a pleasure to know. I enjoyed watching Frank coach my son Kyle on the Medway Mighty Mites team when Kyle was 7 years old. He had a profound influence on not only Kyle but all the kids he coached throughout the years.
Rest in peace.
Dave McSweeney
January 16, 2018
Terri, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Very sorry for your loss.
Tab Kadlik
January 16, 2018
Aquinas 1949
Aquinas Alumni Office
January 14, 2018
Dear Mitzi, our thoughts of sympathy are with all your family. We send our love to you with fond remembrances of Frank!
Eva & Stephen Tota
January 13, 2018
Dear Family of Frank. I played football with Frank at Aquinas Institute in Rochester NY on the 1949 team. He and Jackie Lee came from this area & played great football. Frank also stayed on for the 1950 season and that team is regarded as the greatest football team of all time for Aquinas. He taught me the words to many of the old songs while we were showering. I was only a 3rd string halfback but we scrimaged many times.

We had our own stadium in 1949 and it sat 25000. From 1946 through 1952, we always had between 8000 and 24000 paid admission--TO A HIGH SCHOOL GAME!!!
He will remain in our prayers. I didn't learn of his death until yesterday, Friday 1/12/18.

Jim Brady, Framingham.
January 11, 2018
To the Varrichione Family,

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Frank. He was a great & wonderful man. Wishing you strength during this tough time.
John Greene
January 10, 2018
Anthony,Michael Luisa,so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with all of you,Tony Sebastiao and family
Tony Sebastiao
January 10, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to the Varrichione Families.

Maria Lina Ellmore, Katie and Kristina
Maria Ellmore
January 10, 2018
Terri, Ed, Mark and Matt, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending love and warm thoughts your way.
Mark Stygles
January 10, 2018
Dear Mitzi and Family,

So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was truly a man of great character and integrity.
Wayne & Maria Mccarthy
January 10, 2018
Lo and family. We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved dad, husband, brother, uncle. He was obviously a very special man. May your memories of him help you through such a difficult time. You are all in our prayers. With much sympathy,
Lynn and Bruce Thibodeau
January 9, 2018
Terri and family, I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Jim Zaniboni
January 9, 2018
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept the Lodolo family's sincere condolences.
Danny Lodolo
January 9, 2018
Rest in peace Uncle Frank. Our condolences to all.
Andy remembers being 15 years old and Uncle Frank lent him $65 for car insurance so he could go to work. He will always cherish this kind memory.
Andy & Maria Varrichione
January 9, 2018
Rest in peace "Uncle Frank". Our condolences to all.
Andy remembers and will never forget being 15 years old and Uncle Frank loaned him $65 for car insurance so he could go to work. A memory he will always have.
Andy & Maria Varrichione
January 9, 2018
Andy & Maria Varrichione
January 9, 2018
Lo and Family, We are very sorry for your loss. Just think of all the fun times u had with Frank. Love Stacey & Alan Ux
January 8, 2018
Uncle Frank,
Rest in peace. You were always such a kind and loving person. Your smile lit up the room. You were part of so many of my memories growing up.
January 8, 2018
Dearest Lo and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope that your memories, friends and family can bring you comfort.
With deepest sympathy and love,
Cindy & Jim Ratner & family
Cindy Ratner
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