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Casey McCallum Rice South Shore Funeral Home

30 Nelson Avenue, Staten Island, NY

OBITUARY

Frank J DeJulio

March 20, 1939August 14, 2019
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Frank Joseph DeJulio Junior, born on March 20th 1939, died peacefully at his home on August 14, 2019, surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Amenia, New York and moved to Staten Island in 1954. He is a graduate of Curtis high school and Wagner College with a bachelors degree and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. As well as having a degree in administration. He taught at PS 36 in Annadale then went on to teach at PS1 in Tottenville and remain there for 33 years. Aside from teaching mostly all elementary grades he was a music specialist most famously known for forming the PS1 colonial marching band. He also served as president of the conference House for two terms. He was a member of the Central lions club, and various other organizations across the island. After retiring he spent a lot of time doing music therapy in many nursing homes across the island. He was also in charge of the children’s choir at Saint Thomas the apostle church in Pleasant Plains. In his free time he enjoyed spending time with his family and most often would enjoy summers at his lake house in New Hampshire. He is survived by his wife Eleanor (nee: Azzinaro) of 54 years devoted father to daughter Lauren and son Douglas, and beloved grandfather of Madison and Louis Imperato.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, August 19, 2019

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Elizabeth Morris Pidel

August 18, 2019

I was in the PS 1 Colonial Marching band when it first started. I loved it very much mostly because of Mr. DeJulio. He was a wonderful teacher. He made me love music and especially performing it. He will be missed greatly.

Henze Family

August 18, 2019

We will miss our wonderful friend and neighbor of many summers on Lake Winnipesaukee. Buzzell Cove will not be the same without his warm and caring presence. Frank's visits to our deck were always a joy, whether just relaxing and watching the loons, reminiscing, or sharing a good laugh. Along the way, we discovered Frank had become best friends with Bob Narducci, our beloved friend and music teacher from our school years, making our connection extra special.
Frank always kept in touch after summer's end - something we really appreciated. We admired his ability to remain upbeat as he dealt with his own serious health issues. Yet he continued to reach out and care for others as he had always had - a very special man. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Colleen Larsen

August 17, 2019

What a wonderful man "Uncle Frank" was... I have enjoyed his stories, being a true friend and his faith in God.. He called me on my Birthday (8/6/19) and sang me a version of Happy Birthday! Priceless.. As all.... to know him was/is to love him..

Tony Madalone

August 17, 2019

"The Keynotes" circa 1982

Dorri Aspinwall

August 17, 2019

Frank was a very special man who left quite a legacy..not just with his children and grandchildren, but with all the many students whose lives he touched..and their parents as well. He gave so very much to so many people. I hope that gives Eleanor, Lauren and Douglas and the rest of his family some comfort. ❤

Kelly Murray

August 17, 2019

The best music man EVER! Gave me confidence to take up music as a child, put a love in my heart for it! I will never forget his smile that lit up the room and his funny songs to make all the kids laugh! He now sings and plays music in a heavenly choir!
Mr. D, one day we will again sing together.
Love and prays for all of the family and friends he leaves behind❤️

Nancy Narducci

August 17, 2019

Frank gave so much love to everyone he met! May God surround him in His everlasting love. The Narducci family sends our deepest sympathies to the family. We love you, Mr. Waternoose!

Beth Bichler

August 17, 2019

What an amazing man, and I have come to find out an amazing family. Mr. D was my music teacher as well in the early 70's. Little did I know then that he had sown the seed for me to become a music teacher myself. I am in awe of the relationship and impact he had with so many people. He had an amazing talent for making people feel special! For this I am always grateful!

Mary Thompson

August 17, 2019

I will always be grateful for his kindness to my son Joseph when we moved to Tottenville. He was a kind, caring and great teacher. He was one of a kind.

Jason Weisman

August 17, 2019

I was at PS1 from 1986-1992. My fondest memories of elementary school involve Mr. D and the colonial marching band. He was an amazing educator and one of the big reasons why I enjoyed my time at PS1 so much. He even helped my mother get a substitute teaching job in the district if I remember correctly. He will be sorely missed.

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