Frank James Tirico of White Haven died Sunday at home.
Frank, the son of the late Theresa Testa and James Frank Tirico of Newark, NJ was 70 years old. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Gale Tirico, his sons James Frank of West Orange NJ, Frank Luca of Mountaintop PA and his daughter Dana of North Plainfield, NJ.
Frank was a veteran and served in the US Navy from 1968 to 1971 with the bulk of his service time on the flight deck of the US John F. Kennedy where he achieved the rank of Petty Officer Second Class E5. After the Navy Frank trained as a journeyman sign painter and in 1978 opened his own sign shop in Montclair, NJ called Design Signs. Through his creative efforts Frank changed the complexion of Montclair, NJ with beautiful signs and lettering in buildings, vehicles and the police and fire cars and trucks. It was during this period that Frank painted expressionistic watercolors and created murals and faux finishes on walls and objects. 30 years later, after the trade had gone digital, Frank closed the shop and trained as a Building Code Official serving the Mountaintop area as building inspector. At the time of his death he was the Building Code Official in the town of Kingston.
How can one man be so many things?
His unbridled creativity made him an artist. His traditional family values made him a chef. His radical charisma made him a storyteller and a friend to many. His love and wisdom made him a father. His charm and sensitivity made him a husband. His knowledge and experience made him a historian. And hiS faith and virtue made him a man of God.
One man can be so many men.
A NAVY officer, an insurance agent, a sign-painter, a woodworker, a home builder, an artist. Many spend a lifetime defining a life, Frank spent a lifetime reinventing his.
One man can influence so many men.
Friends, family, neighbors, coworkers have all learned something from this man. Something that holds an eternal position in their mind. Something that changed them.
When an old man dies a library burns.
Funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 10:30 am from the Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc. 403 Berwick St. White Haven with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick's Church, White Haven at 11:00 am.
Friends are invited to join the family for a visitation on Friday, November 29, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday morning from 10:00 am until time of service.
Following the funeral there will be a repast at the church.
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