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Frank Ferraro

Frank Ferraro

April 16, 1932 December 20, 2020

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Obituary for Frank Joseph Ferraro Sr.

Frank Joseph Ferraro , Sr., 88, of Wyomissing, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020, in the care of ManorCare Laureldale. He was the loving husband of Linda E. (Gresh) Ferraro, with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage. Born in Reading, Frank was a son of the late John and Caroline (Villano) Ferraro.

He graduated from Reading High School in 1950 and attended the West Chester State Teachers College where he earned his BA in Instrumental Music in 1955. Frank would graduate in 1959 from Columbia University with his Masters of Music.

A passionate instructor, Frank began his career at the Mahanoy Township School District in 1955 as a Music Instructor. In 1957 he accepted the position of Band Director for Boyertown School District. In 1964 Frank accepted a position at Wilson School District, from where he retired in 1993 as the Supervisor of Music.

Frank was a gifted conductor and arranger, and he acted as the Music Director for the West Reading Police Cadets and also as the Music Director for the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. A founding member of the Cavalcade of Bands Association, Frank was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1991 and inducted into the Reading Buccaneer Hall of Fame in 1995. Frank served as the judge for countless marching band and other band competitions throughout the Midwest. His contributions to the field of music are reflected by the hundreds of people—both young and old—who he instructed.

In addition to his loving wife, Linda, Frank’s memory will be treasured by his children, Veronica E. Mascaro and Frank J. Ferraro Jr; his grandchildren Angelina G. Mascaro, Damian Ferraro, and Aria L. Ferraro; and his brothers John Ferraro (Patty) and Ronald Ferraro. He was predeceased by his sister, Carol Fuoti.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Frank’s memory to the Reading Musical Foundation, 201 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated privately. The Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc, is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences, tributes, and fond memories may be expressed at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.

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Greg Horne

Mr. Ferraro was special. He marched to the beast of a different drummer in everything he did. We are all better for our time spent with him.
Comment | Posted at 11:11pm via Condolence
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Betti Bjorken

Prayers for the entire Ferraro family. I only knew Frank by reputation as I was in his brother John's band at Salisbury in the 70s. When we had the opportunity to perform as an exhibition band on Wilson's field, I was blown away watching the Wilson bands and knew that man must have been something quite special. Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him; may he rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 03:19pm via Condolence
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Larry Bernhard

To Linda and family, my sincere condolences. There are no words to say at this time. My heartfelt sorrow goes out to you and your family. May God bless. Larry Bernhard, Class of '63.
Comment | Posted at 04:33pm via Condolence
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Cliff Reinert

So sorry to hear of Frank Ferraro's passing. God Bless Frank and his family! Cliff & Sandy Reinert
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Cheryl Reifsnyder

Sending heartfelt sympathy to you. Music lost a giant. Praying for you, Linda, Frank, and Veronica.
Comment | Posted at 07:39am via Condolence
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