Anthony Richard Fricano was born to Peter and Josephine (née DeFranco) Fricano, in San Jose, CA on January 29, 1945. He passed away at the age of 70 on December 9, 2015. His lovely mother, Josephine DeFranco was a seamstress and his father, Peter Fricano, was a respected member of the community as an employee of the public works company. When Tony graduated from James Lick High his Dad took him to their recruiting office and he made sure his son got into the most correct branch of the armed forces. The Navy. Tony served in most areas of the Far East including the island of Guam where he was a lifeguard, and many cities in Japan where he was an in-country warrior. He booked many celebs to entertain via the USO on his aircraft carrier, the USS Bennington including; Miss World, Bob Hope, Anne Margaret and many more. He received medals for his tours of service including the Bronze Star. He was always quiet about but very proud of his Navy career. He came home from overseas and married Patty, and they blessed the world with an amazingly beautiful girl, Shaleen Dae Fricano. Many years later when Tony was married to Joann Dunworth, they brought another beautiful princess girl into the world, Jennifer Ann. The entire world is a happier place having had Tony Fricano and his amazingly gorgeous daughters in it. I was very blessed that I was his third wife and my grown children along with their babies called him Grampa Tony. Did that ever raise his eyebrows in surprise to realize he was married to a grandmother! I was always proud to wrap my arm in his. One of his favorite activities was competitive shooting. He won many first place awards and trophies attesting to his prowess and skill. His greatest hobby was photography. He photographed many weddings, stills, landscapes, and more throughout the years. In the early 2000's he photographed boarders of all ilks in Hood River for Wind Surfer Magazine and even did some small camera work for ESPN when they were filming an international championship back then. He spent a time as a taxidermist. He said his most difficult was a wild boar someone brought to him.
He was also a "Dance Dad". His youngest girl, Jennifer, is now a talented choreographer and dancer thanks to Tony and to her lovely Mom, Joann. They put her into the dance classes when she was only four and she thrived. His dear daughter Shaleen was always in his heart and admired by him. She is a very talented stylist at an exclusive, chic salon in the Bay Area. She is also a dedicated nurse. Tony will be so sorely missed by all his good family and his lifelong and his new friends. How we all miss him. He was an all around good guy to all folks and beloved by most who knew him. God rest his soul. He is survived by his wife Vicki Taphouse-Fricano, brother Don and his wife Eleanor, brother John and his wife Deb, Daughters Shaleen Fricano, Hernandez and son James, Jennifer Fricano-Paredes and son-in-law Ivan, sister-in-law, and brothers-in-law Sharon Taphouse-Freeman, and her husband Mark Freeman, David R. and Kellie Taphouse, Michael and Nancy Taphouse, best life-long friends Michael and Denise McCallum, Dave and Judy Shehanian, Nathan and Sidney Serratore, Travis and Deb Cart, and numerous multi- family cousins and nephews and nieces. Rest in peace.
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