Vince Francioli

Vincent Francioli was an educator, civic leader, historian, WWII veteran, and a proud Italian American. He passed away at the Cleveland Clinic on October 17. His legacy includes the Fairwood Community Association, the Larchmere Business District, the Republican Veterans Group, and a host of former students and friends, many of whom were Italian Americans who needed help in acclimating to America. His dear wife of 67 years, Evelyn (Tonti), died in 2015. He leaves behind a daughter, Gail, and a son, Mark, many nieces and nephews, and innumerable friends.

Vince was born on Murray Hill Rd. in Little Italy to Frank and Elisa Francioli. They emigrated from the Foggia Province of the Puglia Region, specifically the cities San Severo and Totto Maggiore. He had two older sisters, Phyllis and Mary, and a younger brother, Frankie. His father had a


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