Frank A. Farino, Sr.

February 12, 1918May 11, 2013

Frank “Hank” Farino Sr., died Saturday morning, May 11, at The Arbors in San Diego, where he had lived since November. He was 95. Hank was born and raised in Memphis, TN and joined his son and family in San Diego in September, 2005, after his wife of 58 years, “PeeWee” died in 2000. He took pride in his working farm, with cows, in Somerville for almost 20 years. His son, Frank, also preceded him in death in April ’09. He enjoyed the good times with his daughter-in-law, Anne, grandson, Dan (Santa Monica), granddaughter, Julie (San Diego) and great-grandson, Eli, 3½. He and Eli each had their own canes and would enjoy their walks together....the best of buddies. Also surviving, niece, Mary Mathews of Cordova, nephew, Nick Lavarone of Chicago and nephew, Michael Farino, in Mexico. Hank retired in 1981 after 40 years in the Memphis City school system. He is still called “Coach” by many who knew him.........having been athletic director at Treadwell High School, where he coached all sports, and also became assistant principal there. He went on to become principal at Snowden and later, Whitehaven High School, where he commanded respect, walking the halls, checking in on classrooms, and “knowing” his students. He was awarded the Purple Heart, after serious injury in the Battle of Brest, France in August, 1944. His grandson and daughter-in-law were able to take him, in June 2011 back to Washington D.C. as a guest of Honor Flight.....which was a highlight for him to see the World War II Memorial...........and to have young people want to shake his hand, and thank him. His laugh was infectious, and all who knew him will miss that about him. He would be up in the middle of the night, watching reruns of all sports.......or reading history. He was a great story-teller and all enjoyed tales of his rich life. A great southern gentleman if ever there was one. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to “Eli Anthony Farino” for his college fund, which Hank started for his great-grandson. Visitation will be Sunday 5-8 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Ave. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Monday morning, at St. Michael Catholic Church on Summer Ave. Burial at Calvary Cemetery on Elvis Presley Blvd.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 20, 2013

Frank A. Farino, Sr.

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June 17, 2013

Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We have fond memories of Mr. & Mrs. Farino and Mrs. Glover. My mother and Mrs. Farino worked together @ White Station. God bless you! Amanda, Mia & Odie

Robert Sidowey

June 8, 2013

FRANK FARINO Sr. This man was greatly, respected by many. And it saddens me deeply, to hear of his death. But, we all, must take that step, in order to meet our Maker, someday. Gods Speed, COACH!

Elizabeth Farino

May 22, 2013

Uncle Frank is my husband's great uncle. I've only heard excellent things about him from everyone. I wish I'd known him better. He was respected & loved by all at Treadwell,and later at Whitehaven. I am so proud to be a 'Farino' here in Memphis & Uncle Frank is a big reason why. He helped to shape the lives of so many young men here & was a great influence on their lives. I know,that my husband became a 'good' man due to his influence and that has enriched my life. Much gratitude,rest in peace,Uncle Frank.

Sharon Schneider

May 20, 2013

Coach Farino was loved and respected by all at Treadwell High School.When he walked through the halls, the girls would swoon and say he could have been a movie star. But alas, he was destined to do great things in the lives of the young people that he guided. He will never be forgotten.My deepest condolences to his family. Sharon Jean Holcomb Schneider...Class of 1958

David Sowell

May 20, 2013

Coach Farino was a good guy whom I both liked and respected. Having just learned of his WWII service, that respect has increased.

Sylvia Barringer Wilson

May 19, 2013

How I loved Coach Farino..I use to walk to Treadwell with him. He reminded me of a movie star. He had a wonderful life.Will be missed..

Sylvia Barringer Wilson

May 19, 2013

How I loved Coach Farino..I use to walk to school with him. To me he was a movie star. What a great life he lived..He will be missed.

Jean Harvell

May 19, 2013

A great man that touched the lives of many including mine and my husbands @ Treadwell.(Jean Barber Harvell and Raymond E Harvell

Ann ( Rodgers) Powell

May 18, 2013

I graduated from Treadwell High School in 1958. Coach Farino was a man you looked up and had the upmost respect. Also he was a stern leader for all students, we had an awesome fear of him. If you stayed out of trouble, he was your friend, if not, woe be to you. Thank goodness I was a friend.
If the school system here had more leaders like him, there would be less problems. What a legend he has left behind.

Billie January

May 18, 2013

God bless the family of this sweet man ~ I am sure you will miss him!
All of us from Treadwell loved and respected Coach Farino!
So nice to see a picture of Coach with his ever present smiling face.
Billie Barringer January