Frank Torrighelli

Frank Torrighelli

Wednesday, October 17th, 1934 Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

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Obituary for Frank Torrighelli

Frank was my Grandpa. My grandparent situation on my dad’s side wasn’t the most traditional -- his parents were divorced and both were remarried, but for me this was one of the luckiest things that could’ve happened because I got to grow up with the coolest bonus-grandparents around and one of them was my saxophone playing, crazy story telling, Aruba-going, Grandpa Frank.

Even though we weren’t related by blood, nothing ever felt different with my Grandpa Frank -- he loved me, my brother and my parents as if we were his own and anyone around him could see that. He was always so proud of Anthony and I in everything that we did, whether it was sports, school, our professional lives or even just putting together a really - as he would call it - “sharp” outfit. My grandpa was a style icon and that’s something we had in common -- seriously, I’ve had so many people reach out to me after seeing his pictures on social media to tell me that he’s the most fashionable grandpa they’ve ever seen.

Everyone who knew my grandpa knows that he was young at heart. Even in his 80’s he was still lifting weights and working out (more than a lot of 20-somethings I know), hitting the shot luge with me and Anthony at our graduation parties, making sure his outfits were still on trend and vacationing an enviable amount. Speaking of vacationing, he also introduced myself and my family to his favorite vacation spot, which later became ours -- Aruba. Grandpa LOVED Aruba and was basically the mayor there; he knew every banana boat and jet ski hut owner, all of the best restaurants and their entire staffs and sometimes it felt like every person on the beach. He would take us to all of the best dinner spots and would always defend little 12-year-old me when the servers would look at me cross eyed for ordering an entire rack of lamb (both of our favorites).

Speaking of defending me -- my grandpa was someone who, if he cared about you, was always in your corner. Even now, with myself and Anthony both in our 20s, he would always tell us that if “anyone ever messed with us all we had to do was call him.” Grandpa also loved reminiscing on his younger days back when he used to “hit the clubs” -- I’m so jealous of anyone reading this who got to hangout with him back then because the way he described it, he sounded like a baller. He also loved to tell the story of how he met and courted my Grandma, who he loved more than anything.

I think we can all agree that to know my Grandpa was to love him and I know I can speak for myself and my family when I say we were so lucky to have him in our lives. I wish we could’ve had more time with him and can’t help but think of all the fun and laughs we had ahead of us that were taken away by this terrible virus, but God had other plans and I know he’s looking down on all the people he loved with a smile on.

Grandpa, we love you and we’ll miss you so much. Rest in the sweetest peace.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 27th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    Colonial Funeral Home
    2819 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Monday, April 27th, 2020
    10:00am - 11:30am
  • Service

    Monday, April 27th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Monday, April 27th, 2020
  • Interment

    Woodbridge Memorial Gardens (New Jersey)
    Route 1
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For our Uncle Frank - from Meredith, Matthew, Magnolia and Maven.
We are already nostalgic for how cool you made a simple black t-shirt and the intonation of your voice.
You also spoke French (your mom’s side) and Italian (your dad’s side) and was always very curious why Maven chose to study the French language at a younger age.
All I can say is that the “stars” just seemed to align and that you were another great and magnificent reason to add to that list.
“Nous vous aimons.”
We love you - Meredith, Matthew, Magnolia and Maven.
Comment | Posted at 10:37am via Condolence

Fran “Susan” Hershbein

For Frank - my brother-in-law
You were always “pop” to us. You were always fun and engaging to talk to. Your debates about politics and the Board of Education were animated and priceless. I’ll miss them.
You always bantered with me about the Board of Education (I was a teacher) who you felt you could change for the better. You have so many ideas!
Frank was a voracious reader. He read as many as 4 books at a time especially those authored by Bill O’Reilly, his personal favorite.
Frank was always interested in what my family was up to, especially his niece Magnolia and nephew Maven educationally and musically. Frank loved music, and played saxophone and enjoyed the band he was in for many years.
Family events were always interesting, to say the least when Frank was there. It was always fun to hear Franks take on the news of the day!
Aside from all else, the one thing that was always evident and constant was the love Frank had for my sister Stephanie. How wonderful and special it was to see.
But now, it’s time to rest sweet prince. May your dreams take you beyond the stars! I’ll miss you so much! Love and hugs from Susan your sister-in-law.
Comment | Posted at 01:35pm via Condolence


Our deepest condolences to you Stephanie. He was a wonderful man and you were so lucky to have him.
From, diane and eileen
Comment | Posted at 05:05pm via Condolence

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