Francesco “Frank” Mannino was born September 24, 1948, in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy. He passed away peacefully on March 25, 2019, after a short battle with cancer. Frank is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rosa, his daughter, Rose, son-in-law, Matt Daniels, brothers Enzo (Anna), Biaggio, Nino, Giovanni, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by both parents, Antonino and Rosa Mannino, and brother, Gaspare.
Frank met his wife, Rosa, by chance in 1971 at the Lorelai in New York City. Both had emigrated from their respective countries (Italy and Cuba) and were drawn to one another despite language barriers; thus, Frank mastered Spanish to communicate with his wife. The two married in 1975 and he became a proud U.S. citizen in 1983. Frank held many trade jobs throughout his life, primarily as a lathe operator and maintenance worker until his recent retirement.
A very creative man with keen attention to detail, Frank loved crafting things by hand and often built household items and wood decorations. He also possessed a great love for music and played the saxophone in his younger years and recently taught himself to play guitar. He was exceedingly proud of his daughter, Rose, who is an opera singer and voice teacher. He instilled in her a love of music from a very young age, and the two shared a mutual admiration for all things music.
A true believer in the American dream, Frank worked tirelessly his entire life to provide for his family and dreamt of owning his own home. In 1989, he moved his family from Brooklyn, New York, to Florida making a homestead first in West Palm Beach and then building a home in Port Saint Lucie. He was an immensely proud father and steadfast husband whose jovial and loving disposition touched many hearts and will be deeply missed.