OBITUARY

Frank Gallucci

January 13, 1932April 11, 2018

Frank Gallucci, of Oneonta, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. He was 86 years old.

Frank was born on January 13, 1932 in Oneonta to John and Raffaella Gallucci. He attended Oneonta City schools and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950. Upon graduation, Frank went to work for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad as an Agent Telegrapher. In 1952, during the Korean War, Frank joined the Army where he served in the 8174th Army Signal Corp in Sendai and Tokyo, Japan. Frank was honorably discharged from the armed services in 1954 with the rank of Corporal.

Returning to Oneonta, Frank resumed his employment with the D&H Railroad and in September of 1955, entered Hartwick College, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 1958. Frank also completed coursework toward a Master’s Degree in History at the Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Frank began his long tenure at Oneonta High School in September of 1958 and was a teacher for 33 years, retiring in June of 1991. He taught courses in American, World, Latin, and Diplomatic History, Participation in Government, and Economics. Upon his retirement, Frank was one of the last teachers to have taught at both the original high school on Academy Street in Oneonta and the high school’s current location on East Street.

While working at Oneonta High School, Frank was active in the Oneonta Teacher’s Association, acting as its President and Chief Negotiator at one time and he was instrumental in bringing the teachers their first written contract under the newly enacted Taylor Law of 1967. Also during his tenure, Frank acted as Senior Class Advisor, where he oversaw elections of class officers, orchestrated graduations, and supervised and planned senior class events from Christmas dances to senior proms. Many of his former students maintained contact with Frank over the years, referring to him as “Papa Galluc”, a term of endearment and respect given to him by his students who had the good fortune of having him as a teacher.

After his retirement, Frank became a founding member of the Oneonta High School Alumni Association, where he served on the organization’s board of directors for several years. The Association recognized Frank as the Alumnus of the Year in 2007. He also served the City of Oneonta as a member of the Planning Commission for several years, including a term as its President.

Frank married Aida Barbaro, from Salerno, Italy, in November of 1964, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta and was happily married for more than 53 years. He is survived by Aida, along with his three sons: Michael Gallucci, and his wife Cynthia; Stephen Gallucci; and Mark Gallucci, and his wife Nikki, as well as his five beautiful granddaughters: Nicole, Rachel, Megan, Gemma, and Maria. Additionally, Frank is survived by his brother, Arthur Gallucci, as well as several nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his parents John and Raffaella Gallucci, his two sisters, Julia (Gallucci) Amitrano and Amelia (Gallucci) Lattanzi, his brother John Gallucci, and his wife Jacqueline and their son John Patrick Gallucci, and his sister-in-law Antoinette Gallucci.

Frank was a hard-working, humble, quiet, and honest man, who was passionate about education and passing on knowledge to future generations. He was equally passionate about his family, his reading and with keeping up on current events and news. He was also an avid, lifelong gardener, with his gardens becoming the summer source of fresh vegetables and fruit for his family, neighbors, and friends for many years. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at picnics in the summer, at small gatherings by the backyard pool, and out at special social gatherings. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Calling Hours for Frank will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm, at the Lester R Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St, Oneonta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St, Oneonta. Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank’s memory to: OHS Alumni Association, The UPS Store, # 6676, Box #106, 5001 State Highway 23, Suite 3, Oneonta, NY 13820. Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by Aida, along with his three sons: Michael Gallucci, and his wife Cynthia; Stephen Gallucci; and Mark Gallucci, and his wife Nikki, as well as his five beautiful granddaughters: Nicole, Rachel, Megan, Gemma, and Maria. Additionally, Frank is survived by his brother, Arthur Gallucci, as well as several nieces and nephews.

    Frank was predeceased by his parents John and Raffaella Gallucci, his two sisters, Julia (Gallucci) Amitrano and Amelia (Gallucci) Lattanzi, his brother John Gallucci, and his wife Jacqueline and their son John Patrick Gallucci, and his sister-in-law Antoinette Gallucci.

Services

  • Calling Hours Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 18, 2018
REMEMBERING

Frank Gallucci

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Peter Devlin

June 21, 2018

Mr. Gallucci made quite an impression on me. He was a man whom one respected automatically. Learning about political and social events in twentieth century America from him, when I was a junior in 1979, was a high point in my High School career. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

Celeste Brown Thomas

April 18, 2018

Dear Aida, Mike, Mark, Steve, Art, and family:
Our family's love and condolences upon the passing of Frank. In his long career as an educator, and in the many valuable contributions he made to the community, he was indeed an Oneonta icon. I have fond memories of "Mr. Gallucci" as an alumna of OHS, and more recently as a neighbor, where family and friends spent time together at neighborhood gatherings, enjoying the fresh fruits and veggies from Frank's garden.
Soldier, educator, civic leader, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend. Frank shaped the lives of generations of students in a positive way, and he is well remembered by many. May the love of family, friends, and neighbors be of comfort. Peace to all the family.

Jeanne Bridger

April 18, 2018

Aida and family so sorry for your loss; Frank was a wonderful friend and fellow teacher at OHS; he had a special humor which we shared nearly daily and I have always had a special place in my heart for him Requiescat In pacem, friend ti voglio bene

Jim Colone

April 16, 2018

Dear Aida/Artie My condolences to you & your family at the loss of Frank. I was fortunate enough to sit with Frank & Aida at my Godmothers luncheon/celebration last fall, following Antoinette's passing. When I was lucky enough to see Ida or Frank, they always reminded me that I was the best paper-boy they ever had, as I delivered the "Oneonta" Star in the early 60's. Wonderfully, humble people to have known.

Mark Colone

April 15, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of the loss of Frank, who I considered a relative. My parents spoke so often of Frank and Aida that I thought we were family. That is what is great about being Italian and raised in a small, one school town like Oneonta. We were all family!
Frank was a pillar of the education community. I know he was tough, he was fair and he was loyal. He raised a great family. Both at home and at OHS. What a marvelous legacy.
He is no longer suffering. He is at peace and free. And, I am certain he is gathering OHS alumni in heaven looking to host a bocce ball tourney. And write lessons on a chalk board.
God bless you Aida for your powerful, beautiful love. Mike, Steve and Mark, be like your dad. What a powerful memory for you.

Jennifer Saunders-Debruyn

April 15, 2018

He also orchestrated an exchange between an Italian school & OHS, this changed my life path. He was loved and always will be remembered by many whose lives he touched.

Mary-Jo Briguglio

April 14, 2018

Aida and family,
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Mr. Gallucci had quite an accomplished life and touched the lives of so many people.
Mary-Jo Briguglio

Joe Picolla

April 14, 2018

Mr. Gallucci made senior year the "best year" for many senior classes. I had the honor to work with Frank in his role as senior class advisor and a mentor. Always supportive, always willing to try new ideas, and always trying to keep us on the rails (which was no small task.)

Thank you, Mr. Gallucci, for the countless people you helped shape and grow. You will be missed.

Jennie Hollist Polizzotto

April 14, 2018

I am so thankful to have had Mr. Gallucci as a teacher. He taught me the importance of reading news to keep up on current events. A practice I keep up with today more than 30 years later. Jennie Hollist Polizzotto

Mark Lisa

April 14, 2018

Mr. Gallucci’s memory will live on with all of us that had the pleasure of crossing paths with him at OHS. Safe travels Mr. G.