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USA Softball remembers USA Softball of Newark Commissioner Angelo Frannicola

Feb. 26, 2021, 12:45 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY –– USA Softball is saddened to hear of the passing of long-time USA Softball Commissioner and umpire, Angelo Frannicola (February 22, 2021). Our deepest, most heartfelt condolences goes out to his family during this difficult time.

“Frannicola’s influence and contribution to the sport of softball was instrumental for USA Softball and Metro Newark,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer, Craig Cress. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Toni, daughter Antoinette, son Robert as well as friends and family from across the world at this difficult time.”
Angelo Frannicola (1942-2021)
 "Frannicola was an ASA/USA Softball Metro Newark Commissioner for 40 years.  He was a football and basketball official as well as a baseball and softball umpire for over 50 years. Most recently, he was a mentor for student teachers under the direction of Montclair State University and Caldwell College. In addition to serving in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War, Frannicola spent 27 years as a Physical Education teacher/Athletic Director in Newark, working at both the old Vailsburg and Weequahic High Schools. He was the Athletic Director of Nutley High School from 2001-2006 before his retirement. After that he served on the Nutley Board of Education from 2007-2010." Click here to read Frannicola's obituary »

There will be visitation at Biondi Funeral Home on Sunday, February 28 from 1 - 5 p.m., while the Funeral Mass will be held at Cathedral Basilica of The Sacred Heart on Monday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. The Internment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleom at 12 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Angelo Frannicola Memorial Foundation, which will help future athletes achieve their dreams.