Charlotte Observer Article


Pete Frandano - In memoriam

Class of 1962

Iíll miss Pete

On Monday, March 17, 2008, St. Patrickís Day, we all lost a classmate. Pete suddenly passed away doing exactly what he loved to do, playing golf. If it werenít so sad it would be genuinely ironic. While time may have passed us all by, for Pete it seemed to stand still. Oh, like the rest of us, his physique might have changed, but that gleam in his eyes and that smile never caught up with his age. All of us who knew him during our high school days know exactly what that was about.

But there was a lot more to Pete than that. I was fortunate to get to know him more than all of you, but it took three times to do it. Of course I knew him in high school, but not really well. Then when I transferred to Winston-Salem, NC in 1972, by pure chance I ran into Pete while leaving a bank building. Actually I was going out through a revolving door on one side while Pete was entering the building on the other side of the door. Lucky for us our eyes met and our friendship was renewed once again. But for some reason we didnít get to see much of each other after that initial contact. Then I was back by New Jersey in 1980 and lost track of Pete

In 1995 my family was transferred down to Charlotte, NC. A few years later when Bill Dettmer was working on the Rendezvous in 2006, I found out Pete was here in Charlotte. For some reason we were given a third opportunity to get together and this time it was different.

Marie and I had the pleasure of meeting Peteís wife Bobby. We went out on several occasions and never failed to have a good time. Pete and I enjoyed each other despite the fact he took money from me every time we played golf. Even though I knew this was going to happen for some reason I never turned him down when he asked me to play again. I just liked being around him

Last summer Pete and I spent several days in Myrtle Beach with Ron Brown and Mike Hasuly playing golf. If you look at the pictures posted on the WHS website you would question how much time we actually spent on the course. We had a great time talking about all of our classmates, and telling stories that have become greatly exaggerated over the years. I know we were all excited about the trip and had discussed doing it again this year.

I guess I didnít it get the right the first two times with Pete. But like the old saying goes, third time is a charm. I was lucky to have that third chance.

While we have all lost a classmate in Pete, Iíve lost a great friend. I will miss him.

Joe Fazzari

Peter Anthony Frandano

Mr. Frandano, of Charlotte, died Monday March 17, 2008óhis 64th birthday.

He was born in New Jersey on March 17, 1944 to the late Peter and Irene Frandano. In 1961 Pete was named All-State Running Back at Woodbridge High School, then was awarded a football scholarship to the University of South Carolina where he met his wife, Bobbie. After sustaining a football injury, Pete received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, he went into the financial industry and moved to Charlotte.

After retiring from a lifelong career in asset based lending, Pete enjoyed golfing, tennis, Panthers games and spending time with family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, friend and a so-so golfer with high aspirations. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his nephew, Jeff Pool.

Mr. Frandano is survived by his wife of 43 years, Bobbie Pool Frandano; son, Pete Frandano and his wife Pamela and grandsons, John and Joe, all of Southport, NC; daughter, Kathleen Franek and husband Rob and granddaughter, Rachel and grandson, Adam, all of Waxhaw, NC; brother, Paul Frandano and wife Denise; sister, Debbie Piccillo and husband Anthony; brother-in-law, Joe Pool and wife Sandra of Charlotte; and many special nephews, nieces and additional family members. The family will receive friends at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Rd., Charlotte, at 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2008 with a Mass of Resurrection to follow at 10:00 a.m., Monsignor Richard Bellow celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Gabriel Parish Bereavement Ministry at 3016 Providence Rd. Charlotte, NC 28211.

Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangements.

(Published in the Charlotte Observer on 3/21/2008.)