Francis "Frank" Sylvester Giglio Jr.

November 3, 1935January 17, 2021

Frank Giglio, son of the late Frank S. Giglio, Sr., and the late Josephine (Campanella) Giglio, passed on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from Acute Leukemia at his home under Hospice care. He was the loving husband of Karen (Shaker) Giglio. Frank was born on November 3, 1935, in Providence, RI. He was raised in Bristol, RI, graduated from the College of Holy Cross in 1958, and he earned a Masters degree from Bridgewater State University. He was the former husband of Constance (Lavalee) Kehoe and lived in Warren, RI, and Barrington, RI. He and his wife Karen enjoyed 28 years together, and they moved to Dartmouth, MA in 1993. He is survived by his wife and his two sons: Christopher F. Giglio and his wife Ashley Gray Giglio of Arlington, VA; and Francis S. Giglio III and his wife Mary (Wertschnig) Giglio of Westfield, NJ. He is also survived by two step children: Tracy (Robinson) McGlinchey and her husband Kevin McGlinchey of Old Lyme, CT; and Todd Robinson and his wife Allison Glasgow of New York. He leaves behind his 9 adored grandchildren: Alex and Matthew Giglio of Virginia; Christopher, Jonathan, and Katherine Giglio of New Jersey; Brynn, Griffin, and Carter McGlinchey of Connecticut; and Sam Robinson of New York. Though an only child, Frank had a large extended family and many cousins with whom he spent countless wonderful hours together. Frank loved to share his “stories” with family members. He especially enjoyed the family reunions with the Polis and Campanellas and catching up with all of them. Every year he looked forward to the fabulous Christmas Eve Italian feast of “seven fishes” prepared by his loving cousins Marty and Betsy McCabe and Stephen and Lynne DeRosa. Karen and Frank often entertained her large extended family and he enjoyed the love and camaraderie of the group. Both sides provided love and support during his illness and they were especially grateful to friends and family members who assisted in his care.

Mr. Giglio was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. He taught and served as an administrator in the Warren Public School and the Barrington Public School Departments before becoming the Director of Guidance at Barrington High School. He served in that position for 34 years with several other dedicated members who remained his life-long friends. Frank found it to be the most rewarding work one could do as he guided students and assisted them in their searches for higher education. He also served as an Assistant Swim Coach under his dear friend Sandy Gorham at the Barrington YMCA and Barrington High School for 17 years. While in that position, he got to see his sons win several awards both individually and as team members in local and statewide competitions. He often played tennis in his earlier years and later developed a love of the new technology that came about teaching himself how to use his many Apple devices.

Frank’s greatest joy came from spending time with young people—especially his children and nine grandchildren. He was so very proud of them all and tried to encourage them, applaud them, and celebrate their many successes. His passing has left his family and friends with a profound and deep sense of loss.

Due to the Covid pandemic, his service will be delayed until a later date. Those wishing to honor him with a donation or gift may do so to The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, 441 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720 (, or to the Southcoast Cancer Center – Fairhaven ( where he received outstanding care from the doctors and nurses. Donations may also be made in his honor to Southcoast VNA Attn: Community Affairs 200 Mill Road Fairhaven, MA 02719, who provided many hours of care during his last few months. The family is very grateful to all of them.


  • Funeral services to be scheduled at a later date


Francis "Frank" Sylvester Giglio Jr.

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Ted Boudria

January 26, 2021

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. I really enjoyed the experiences I shared with Frank. I truly enjoyed listening to him describing his life at Holy Cross. Frank also provided me with insights into the lives and music of some great musicians. He will be in our prayers.

Ted and Norma Boudria

Mike Costa

January 23, 2021

Mr. Giglio genuinely believed in the kids he worked with, most importantly even before many had begun to believe in themselves. What greater gift could one give? It seemed he couldn't help himself; he was blessed with an enveloping heart. Though he would not know for sure his impact, surely it was as large as his heart.

Rest In Peace, good man.

M.J. Miniati

January 22, 2021

Chris, Fran and Families,
We (the whole Miniati family) are so sorry for your loss.
Your Dad gave us ALL so many wonderful memories, as our caring Coach, Counselor and Friend! He's loved by so many, and will be so missed.
You'll be in our prayers during this difficult time.

Elizabeth Alcock

January 21, 2021

Dear Karen,

As you mourn the passing of your "special guy" you must be so proud of his service to others, and treasure his very special life with you, your family, and his many friends. I hope the countless good memories of your life together give you some comfort and peace. Best wishes and love to you, Karen, and to your family.

Jack & Jo-Anne Sbrega

January 21, 2021

Karen and Family,

Jo-Anne and I send our deepest sympathy and condolences on this terrible loss to you and all of your Loved Ones. Frank was a wonderful person who could always be counted on for sage advice to anyone, young and old--often wrapped in humor. We benefitted greatly from our many conversations with him. His memory is cherished, and we shall never forget him.

Jack & Jo-Anne Sbrega

Charles Riotto

January 21, 2021

I have fond memories of Mr. Giglio during my Barrington HS years. He was a wonderful “guidance” person who encouraged me to also continue my education as a Crusader at Holy Cross College, Class of ‘75. I will always remember him for his kindness and generosity.

Mr. Giglio was exceptional at helping students recognize their strengths. I will always be indebted to him for helping me decide on a career path that I have truly enjoyed for over forty years.

Charles M. Riotto, D.M.D.

art laurenson

January 21, 2021

Chris and Fran
I remember meeting your Dad when you both swam at Little Rhody Aquatic Club. He a just an all round great guy and so supportive of you two.
I'm sorry to read of his passing. My sympathies and condolences to you and your families.

Judith and Vincent Fanuele

January 20, 2021

Thank you for the memories. We will miss you sharing yourself and your loving thoughts.

Marie and WArren Marshall

January 18, 2021

To a fantastic person with a fantastic 28 year marriage. Kind, humble, personable,Smart, We shared some good laughs and will miss you, our Italian friend. You endured much . Peace to you,