Frank C. Giffi Jr.

Frank C. Giffi 77, of East Coventry and Ridgway Pennsylvania, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Monday, August 1, 2022. Born in Clarks, Louisiana, on January 16, 1945, he was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Louise (Stringer) Giffi and his loving wife Ann (Montague) Giffi. Mr. Giffi is survived by his brother Robert Giffi and his wife Lynn, his daughter Stacey Tornetta and her husband John, his son Stephen and his wife Brooke, and two step-daughters Jamie Zuanich and Justine Bruno. He has four grandchildren: Bethany, Nick, Andrew, and Adam as well as one great-granddaughter, Madelyn. Mr. Giffi graduated from Ridgway High School in 1962. He went on to play football for Rutgers University before transferring to Lock Haven University where he graduated in 1967 with his Bachelor of Science, later earning his Master of Education from West Chester University. Mr. Giffi began his professional career in the Phoenixville Area School District in 1968 where he taught for 30 years. While there, he coached football and wrestling; he also officiated girl’s lacrosse and wrestling. After retirement, Mr. Giffi worked as a bus driver for Krapf Bus Company for 20 years. His greatest passion was watching and attending Penn State football games. He also enjoyed bowling and playing golf. Mr. Giffi will be remembered for his humor, dedication and genuine interest in all his students, colleagues, friends, and family. He will be missed immensely. Frank C. Giffi will continue to live on through the stories and memories of those he impacted throughout his incredible 77 years of life.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Catagnus Funeral Home (329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468) with Deacon David Kubczak officiating. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery. A viewing will also be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Mr Giffi was a favorite teacher of mine. I remember him as an uplifting, positive and compassionate human being with high morals. He definitely made an impact on me to be the best I could be throughout my life. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

~ Desiree Moyer
8/14/2022 1:49:24 PM

RIP Mr. Giffi. I was lucky enough to have you as a wrestling coach in the 7th grade and then again in highschool from 10-12. Thank you very much for not only being a great Coach, but an amazing person as well by caring so much about your students and athletes. Thank you for everything. Kurt Juncker

~ Kurt C Juncker
8/9/2022 5:07:32 PM

My heartfelt condolences to Frank's beloved family-- Stacy, Steven and their families. I knew Frank literally my whole life and he was always a wonderful part of it. I am blessed to have known him, his sharp sense of humor, kind and supportive words, and generous heart. We will miss him. He will be missed by so many. Much love and gratitude for the years of laughter, love and friendship. Losing Frank is a tough loss to grieve.

~ Amy Carlson
8/8/2022 5:13:55 PM

Frank will be deeply missed by all he knew. We met him at the bowling alley so many years ago and enjoyed his humor and passion. May he rest in peace. Sincere sympathy for his loving family.

~ Jack and Sandy Huzzard
8/8/2022 1:13:21 PM

I was a colleague of Frank for 25 years. He was a terrific teacher well like by his students and staff. May you Rest In Peace Frank.

~ Stephen Ruby
8/8/2022 12:56:01 PM

My deepest sympathy to Frank's family. I am part of the Ridgway gang and we have had many fun times on Frank's porch in Ridgway when we visited. Some great memories and you will be missed Frank. Ridgway will never be the same without you. Love Sharon Telo

~ sharon Telo
8/8/2022 10:11:24 AM

My condolences to the family. Great memories of wrestling days! You were so kind and a great coach.

~ Gayle Stidsen Smith
8/7/2022 10:28:14 AM

Please accept by deepest sympathies. Rosanne Dippell Retired PASD teacher

~ Rosanne Dippell
8/5/2022 4:35:49 PM

Words can't really express the sadness that Jean and I feel concerning the loss of our dear friend. Frank and I go back 60 years and there were many good times and those will live with me forever. We will surely miss him and his great sense of humor. Rest in Peace my friend, Ron and Jean Capuano

~ Ronald Capuano Kersey, PA
8/5/2022 4:32:44 PM

Dear Giffi Family, My deepest sympathy to All. Frank was truly a very person. Many fond memories with him. Thank you for always being so welcoming to Nick and I. Thoughts and prayers to All. May Frank rest in Peace… With my deepest Sympathy, Phyllis

~ Phyllis Baranoski Capone Phoenixville, PA
8/5/2022 2:04:48 PM

Frank had been a big part of my memories growing up and then has been associated with a lot of great times by my husband and kids. His humor and kindness will always be remembered and cherished by us. We love your Dad, Stacey and Stevie and we’re so sorry for your loss.

~ Betsy, Mark, Whit& Finn
8/5/2022 12:12:13 AM

Coach Griffi, wish I had the opportunity to tell you that I truly appreciated everything you did for me as a teacher and a coach. You were a great person that will be missed.

~ Shayne Tobin
8/4/2022 11:00:21 PM

My condolences. What a wonderful Phy. Ed. Teacher and Coach. He will be missed.

~ Brad Gubanich
8/4/2022 9:40:34 PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Frank. I've had the pleasure of working and driving with Frank throughout many of his years with Krapfs. He was a beautiful person and we'll miss seeing home at the bus lot. My prayers to the family, may He rest well in God's loving arms.

~ Connie Knight Coatesville, PA
8/4/2022 9:18:23 PM

Was a great cousin and will be greatly missed. We send our deepest sympathies to Giffi family.

~ John & Susan Hanlon Lincoln, NE
8/4/2022 9:01:34 PM

Mr.Giff was a very patient coach he had to be dealing with some of us. I'm very sorry to hear of his passing. He was there in a time in which young men don't know up from down but he would always straighten us out. He will always be apart of my thoughts and prays. Adam Speaker

~ A.Speaker Stowe, PA
8/4/2022 7:41:23 PM

Will miss seeing him in Ridgway and the pups! Such a great man!! Always in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Sierra Simons Yurchick
8/4/2022 5:31:36 PM

Bob,Lynn and family I was so saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Bob Ferragine
8/4/2022 5:20:07 PM

I was in the same graduating class in high school with Frank. He was such a big part of our high school. I am sending my deepest condolences.

~ Sandy McCloskey Gamble
8/4/2022 5:09:54 PM

Bob and Lynn, we are so sad to hear about Frank, unbelievable. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Nancy and Jim Chevrier
8/4/2022 4:19:14 PM

I really respected Frank . A real good guy. He loves sports enjoy watching Penn State game and all this achievements rest in peace Frank amen

~ Pat Astom, Pa
8/4/2022 3:50:38 PM

Steve, Brooke, Andrew, and Adam - so very sorry for the loss of Frank. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We always enjoyed when Frank would come to the ASBA games to watch our boys play.

~ Wendy, Chris, and Ethan Giangiulio
8/4/2022 2:03:43 PM

My sincere condolences. I had the pleasure of working with Frank when he was driving and also knew him from my children. He is going to be greatly missed.

~ Judy Smith
8/4/2022 1:16:02 PM

Giffi Family - We deeply grieve with you over the sudden loss of Frank - a loving dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, and terrific life-long friend. The hole will remain in our hearts, but we trust that time will allow us to tell many "Frank stories" with an appreciative smile.

~ Bob & Kim Carlson-Chao
8/4/2022 1:12:45 PM

Bob and Lynn, we cannot tell you how sorry we are to hear of Frank’s passing. He will always be remembered for who he was and who he touched in this world. We send our sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

~ Steve and Karen McCord
8/4/2022 12:36:44 PM

So sorry to read of Frank's passing. My deepest sympathy!.

~ Richard Thomas Santa Rosa, CA
8/4/2022 11:37:04 AM

Bob and Lynn, we know how much Frank meant to you. Good looking guy and an excellent athlete. He’ll be missed for sure. Praying for you and the family

~ Bill & Sue Milligan
8/4/2022 11:08:58 AM

Larry and I are shocked and saddened to hear this news. Frank will be missed very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Larry and Lois Headd
8/4/2022 10:32:42 AM

Dear Bob and Lynn, My deepest sympathy to your family! We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Frankie!! His memory will always be a part of those who cared for him???? Susan Crichton Ury and William Ury

~ Susan Ury Nashville, TN
8/4/2022 9:47:40 AM

Rich and I send our condolences to all the families. We are sad that his life is gone way to soon. He was a great man, contagious smile. Cherish the beautiful memories you’ve made and keep them alive through your hearts ?? Love you all Ann and Rich Nissley

~ Ann Nissley Little River, SC
8/4/2022 9:38:49 AM

Mike and I are so very saddened by your loss. Frank was a truly amazing educator, father, and grandfather, and friend, with an amazing smile. Cherish your memories, and he will always be with you. Much love to you all, Christine and Mike Riley

~ Christine Riley Sanatoga, PA
8/4/2022 9:23:47 AM

We are so sorry for this terrible loss. Mike and I always enjoyed chatting with Frank whenever we saw him at Stacey's. And I remember the great fun we used to have with our parents when we were at IUP. Love to you all!

~ Christine Hayden Phoenixville, PA
8/3/2022 4:29:06 PM