November 29, 1930 – March 12, 2019
Francesco Mira, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley. Born on November 29, 1930 in Sicily, Italy, he was the son of the late Tommaso Mira and Marianna Chianetta Mira. Mr. Mira immigrated from Sicily at the age of 20 to Montreal, Quebec, Canada where he met his wife, Maria and raised their four daughters. In 1966, he and his family immigrated to the United States in Bradley, WV so he could work in his father’s restaurant that he started, the Royal Spaghetti House. Since 1966, he was the co-owner of the Royal Spaghetti House until his retirement in the late 1990’s. He was of Catholic faith and attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Beckley. He was an Italian citizen, a Canadian citizen and an American citizen who could speak three different languages, Italian, French and English. Mr. Mira also loved to play Bocce, fish and hunt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Maria Maccherone Mira; brothers, and Lorenzo Mira and Gaspare Mira. He is survived by his four daughters, Marianna Wiley and husband, Darrell, Antonia Lovell, Nella Kincaid and husband, Gary, and Cristina Hunt and husband, Jeff; grandchildren, Miranda and husband, Justin, Francesca and husband, Brian, Patrick, Maria and husband, Terry, Gary and wife, Tabitha, Andrew and wife, Melissa, Jonathan and wife, Sarah, and Ethan; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Gabriella, Scarlett, Asher, Wiley, Olivia, Taylor, Emily, Natalie, Bricen, Jacob, Milo and Bella; brother, Pasquale Mira and wife, Angela; and a host of nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Reverend Paul Wharton officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 am prior to the service. Entombment will follow in the Faith Mausoleum of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. For those who wish, online condolences may be sent to www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.
- Visitation Saturday, March 16, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, March 16, 2019
Marsha ( catlett ) phipps and Darrell phipps ( catlett ) phipps
March 15, 2019
We are so sorry to here of your loss.he was a great man a Awesome cook he never knew a stranger. My best times as a girl was spent at the spaghetti house in Bradley and alot of call in orders for pickup .he was the best. So very sorry that he is gone but just think of his happy reunion he will get in heaven. Family and friends and his 500 dollar dog.will all be waiting .as he will be waiting for us all when it is our time. Rest in peace .love and prayers to you all.he will never be forgotten.
March 14, 2019
One of my fondest childhood memories is eating with my family at the Spaghetti House every weekend. Frank would come sit & chat with my parents for a while & joke around with us kids. He was a wonderful person. Prayers for the family
Freddie Steel, Jr.
March 14, 2019
He was very dear to my late father and family. Some of Dad's sweetest memories he shared with us were times he and Tom, Frank's father, went hunting. The Mira Family and the Royal Spaghetti House were genuine points of happiness for Dad and all of us. I can never recall a single time the Miras were not sweet, kind and upbeat. That ALWAYS impressed me as a child.
If I am telling the story correctly, Dad and Tom went hunting and Mr. Mira was anxious to try out his new hunting dog that he had not yet named. The dog got away from them and as they were trying to recover him, Tom would call out, rather than the dogs name, 'Come here $500 dog!' I am pretty sure Frank's Dad got his dog back, eventually.
Some of the very best of my childhood memories are in/around Frank, his Brothers, Dad and the Royal Spaghetti House.
The greatest of respect for Mr. Frank, a kind man who always made a young boy feel welcomed and special.