GLOUCESTER, MA - Frank Louis Iacono, 88, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at his residence.
He was born at 83 Bradford Street, Federal Hill, Providence, Rhode Island, on August 21, 1929, son of the late Frank and Raffella (Monti) Iacono.
Frank was educated on Federal Hill in Providence. He started in construction then transitioned to the jewelry sales business in Providence, where he became a fixture in the community. Frank came to Gloucester in 1970. He was very well known as a character in this community. You could always find Frank walking or sitting down Main Street listening to WEEI sports talk radio in front of CVS or Pallazola's Sporting Goods. Most would stop in traffic to give him a shout out, " Yankees suck" and in return he'd shout back, " Red Sox suck," and chuckle.
Frank traveled by train and bus daily to the North End or Federal Hill to see longtime friends. He loved people, kids, and sports athletes. He enjoyed singing to old favorite sing-along songs, and loved the police and fire officers. He enjoyed playing the numbers, horse racing, and going to Donut Jim's to read the papers.
He was an avid Yankees fan. In his spare time he liked to follow the High School sports.
He was a member of the Bradford Club in Providence, and lifetime consultant for the Foxy Lady.
Frank's favorite saying was "Live for Today."
He did that for 88 years. He donated regularly to Franciscan Mission Associates, and was a spiritual man with a good heart. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his son, Joseph Iacono of Danvers; his ex-wife, Marylou; his step-sons, Bobby and Andy Gross, both of Gloucester.
Frank was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Iacono, and his wife, Rosalie.
His Memorial Service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Friday, January 26, at 4 p.m. A visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
The burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 23, 2018