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Becker Funeral Home

219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ

OBITUARY

Francis "Frank" Patrick Criscuolo

March 17, 1960July 9, 2019

Criscuolo, Francis Patrick—On Tuesday, July 9th, 2019, Frank Criscuolo, loving husband, devoted father, beloved brother and son, passed away at the age of 59 following a multitude of heath challenges.

Frank was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1960 in New York, NY to Frank and Gloria Criscuolo. Two years later, his sister Karen was born, completing the family.

Raised in the Inwood section of northern Manhattan, Frank honed his athletic skills on the streets and playgrounds of the city, particularly basketball and stickball.

The family moved to Westwood, New Jersey as Frank entered his teens, reuniting with his cousins who had moved from the same Manhattan neighborhood a decade before. Frank graduated from Westwood High School in 1978, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Kutztown University in 1982.

Frank parlayed his gift of gab and riotous sense of humor into a highly successful sales career in the computer industry working for companies including NCR, Siemens-Nixdorf, Oracle, Microsoft, and Cisco.

Shortly after marrying the love of his life, Virginia, in 1996, the couple moved to downtown Chicago, where Frank became an avid Cubs fan and the proud father of Gina Alice.

The growing family returned to northern New Jersey to be closer to the rest of the clan. Just in time, as Gina was soon joined by sister Nikki Frances. The perfect family of four became an instant and overjoyed family of six when twins Tori Marie and Michael Cole were born.

Frank passed his athleticism on to his children, allowing him to combine his two greatest passions: his love of sports and his love for his children. He was there for each step: in the gym for all of Gina’s varsity basketball games and in the stands for Nikki’s track and cross-country meets at Pascack Valley High School. Frank also coached Tori’s soccer teams and Michael’s baseball teams—and when he wasn’t coaching—he was there on the sidelines.

A lifelong fan of the New York Rangers and New York Jets, Frank took great pleasure from the Blueshirts run to the Stanley Cup in 1994, but the hometown games were always his favorite.

Frank is predeceased by his father. He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Bragg), his four children, Gina, Nikki, Tori, and Michael; his mother Gloria Cole, his sister Karen Reich; brother-in-law Steve; nieces Julianne and Carly; cousins Andy, Stephen, Michael, and Jenny, and their families.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 13, 2019

Memories

Francis "Frank" Patrick Criscuolo

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Jeff Marshall

July 16, 2019

It was the early 90's and I was in Dublin’s (Chicago) one night watching the Blackhawks vs Rangers at the garden. I made the comment that the Rangers had their skates on the wrong feet and over my right shoulder I heard, "what the hell you talking about". After a couple of back & forth's hands were shaken, “beverages” were exchanged and Frank had become one of my best buddies. Frank & I worked together at a software company and I've never met anyone with his quick wit and sense of humor. We went to a few Blackhawks games and during the game he'd lean and say you know the hawks are almost as good as the rangers. I'm going to miss my Jet's & Rangers buddy. My sincere condolences to Virginia and the kids, his sister and mother along with his great cousins who I've had the pleasure of meeting. Godspeed my friend.

Mitch Gill

July 13, 2019

I have known Frank for over 25 years. It started as a business relationship that turned into a good friendship. I loved when Frank came up to the upper deck to watch the Jets game with me. I loved his intensity and passion for the Jets. Frank ran a great tailgate. He was well organized and was always generous with food. I will miss speaking to Frank 5 plus times during a Jets game. There was no better fan of his beloved Blue Shirts than Frank. I am not a fan of tats but I used to brag to my Ranger fans friends that Frank has a Rangers tattoo. My heart breaks for Frank and his family. May Frank RIP. Jet game days in the fall will never ever be the same without you my man

John Strang

July 12, 2019

Frank was the best friend and foe ever.

Great sales talent and great fan of the Rangers. We argued every year on how good (or bad) the Rangers or my Flyers were going to be and every game (NYR win) I would get a text saying the Flyers stink. To this day that is still true.

You will be missed by too many Frank. Way too soon and way to many more games to banter about.

Best wishes from the Strang family and all sports fans who you ever touched.

John and Cathy Strang

janet Galliera

July 12, 2019

Bill and Frank - may you both rest in peace. Too soon!

janet Galliera

July 12, 2019

Don't recall the name of the guy on the left, but that smile on Frank's face says it all. Kutztown memories!

janet Galliera

July 12, 2019

So many fond memories from Kutztown and the friendships we shared. We all grew up a lot in those years, but oh, the fun we had. Grateful that some of those friendships stood the test of time! RIP my friend. Love this photo of Frank and Mark!

Lee Gallo

July 11, 2019

I last spoke with Frank in November of last year. I had just finished speaking with the host of WFAN on a Saturday morning complaining about, what else, the Jets.

Within 2 minutes my phone rang and it was Frank shouting "Is this Lee from New City". He loved my rant and almost fell over in laughter as he was raking his lawn.

I am not alone in saying I will miss Frank and his passion. Not only for his love of his teams but for his family and friends, as well.

RIP my friend!

Rich Ciarletta

July 11, 2019

Frank, I'll never forget the days growing up in Westwood with my brother Bobby and you, cousin Andy, and cousin Stephen playing whatever sport was in season. I'll also never forget your great sense of humor. I haven't seen you in decades but can still see you now. My condolences to your sister, mother, wife, children, and cousins. (I still remember your mother and sister fondly as well). May you rest in peace and may you always be in the hearts of your loved ones. You will surely be missed but never forgotten.
Rich Ciarletta

Jim Patalano

July 11, 2019

My full heart reaches out to Frank's family. Frank and I grew up
together in Inwood and played sports consistently for hours each day in the school yard playing stickball and basketball with our friend Robert Cairns. Our family are close to Frank and his family. Frank will be missed. Very sad! I will pray for Frank and Family.

Elizabeth Conrad

July 11, 2019

So sorry to hear about your brother Karen. I was remembering all the times at your house when frank would yell at u me and Anita for being such good girls lol! Keeping u all in my prayers

FROM THE FAMILY