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Francis P. Pignone, Jr.

Francis P. Pignone, Jr.
  • August 9, 1943 - December 28, 2021
  • Stoneham, Massachusetts

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“Frank was a friend to everyone. My sincere condolences to his family. I grew up in Stoneham, MA and I knew Frank when I was in High School and Jr...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Sharyn Denny - Haltom City, TX

“A great and noble friend that I will for the rest of my life. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Frederick ( Fred) Longo - OK

“didn't know of Fran's awesome reputation at she as I was a few years behind him. on f.b., I called him professor Pignone due to his intelligence and...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: donna stetson - methuen, MA

“We will sure miss Frank, and all the memories of Stoneham that we shared, as well as his devotion to his Beloved Wife Rose. This has to be a...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Bob Shoring - San Francisco, CA

“Dear Frankie, I am so sad to read about your dad's passing. You and I used to hang out way back when during high school. More recently I got to know...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Linda (Carroll) Gosselin - NH

“Salute him . God give him rest of peace ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Grishmaben Desai - Stonham, MA

“Dear Rose and family, My deepest sympathies and prayers for you and your family on the passing of Frank. He was a champion for our town and its...Read More »
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Francis P. Pignone Jr., former Stoneham Selectman passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 28, 2021, at Winchester Hospital after a difficult three-week battle with Covid-19 at the age of 78.

He was born in Cambridge on August 9, 1943 and was the son of the late Frank P. and Phyllis (Pappalardo) Pignone.

Frank "Lefty" Pignone was elected Class President of Stoneham High School Class of 1961, where he was not only captain of the SHS Football team, but was a Baseball talent as well. He played a key role in the very naming of the Stoneham "Spartans." He also spent a few years playing semi-pro football after high school.

Frank enlisted in the Army, trained as a pharmacist at Fort Sam Houston, TX, and was stationed in Inchon, Korea with the 119th Medical Detachment shortly after the Korean War. This is where he met his beloved wife and lifelong love "Miss Ro." He transferred to the United States Army Reserve and was stationed at Fort Devens, MA. He ultimately served with the 351st General Hospital, 94th Army Reserve Command HQ, and 372nd Military Intelligence at Hanscom, AFB.
For several years, Frank and Rose owned and operated Baskin Robbins Ice Cream in Stoneham. He later earned a Bachelor of Finance Degree from Northeastern University. In his later years, Frank became an avid collector of memorabilia, and was a salesman and entrepreneur.

He remained passionate about town politics, always being concerned for the citizens and the betterment of the town. He loved sharing historical facts about the Town of Stoneham and co-administrated a popular Facebook page named "Stoneham History in Pictures." He loved and appreciated art, dance, and music. He enjoyed spending his free time with his family, and his son's dog "Jake" bringing him many smiles and comfort. He enjoyed traveling, watching sports, and appreciating quiet moments with nature.

He is survived by his loving wife Rose (Tae Pok, Ro) Pignone of Stoneham, MA. He was the beloved father of Frank P. Pignone III and his wife Kristen of Londonderry, NH, and John Pignone and his wife Rachel of Stoneham, MA. He was the brother of the late Marie (Dolly) Pignone Randazzo, Stanley Pignone of Billerica, Phillip Pignone of Attleboro, and several nieces and nephews. Frank is also survived by his grandchildren Serina Brenner of NH, Jessika Pignone of SC, and Derik Pignone of NH.

Visitation for relatives and close friends will be held at the McDonald–Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main St., Stoneham MA on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Patrick's Church in Stoneham on Thursday at 10 am, and he will be laid to rest at St. Patrick Cemetery, in Stoneham.
In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask that donations be made in the family's GoFundMe page to help offset medical and burial expenses at https://www.gofundme.com/f/rose-pignone-needs-your-help?qid=8072d4a5093b07574920ac907c4aaad4