Frank “Chico” J. Mancini, Youngstown, Ohio Obituary

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Frank J. “Chico” Mancini was born on February 4, 1936 in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the fourth child of Dominic and Tilde (Scarchilli) Mancini, both of Morolo, Italy.

As a child, his mother called him “Chico” and neighbors in their Italian-American neighborhood in the east ensured that the nickname, which means “Little Frank”, stayed with him throughout his life.

At the age of 6, Chico started working for Mazzocco Hardware where he was proud to say he had learned to cut pipes for customers. After moving to Williamson Avenue on the south side of Youngstown, Chico worked part-time for Campolito’s Sparkle Market until he graduated from South High School in 1954.

During his years at South, Chico had an outstanding career on the gridline, as a fullback and linebacker, where he was a first-team All-City Series. Chico was known to be a tenacious defender on the pitch and difficult to face as well. The typical Saturday Vindicator sports pages read like this throughout his football days:

“Chico Mancini scored both touchdowns, of his 11 in that 1953 season, as the Warriors beat undefeated Campbell Memorial 13-7 and another against Ursuline in the 1953 City Series Championship Game. He also threw for a from his fullback position as the South High Warriors won that championship 28-7. He then played 4 years at the Collège de Genève as a fullback and linebacker under legendary coach Byron Morgan. Years later, Chico was chosen to be part of the Geneva Silver Anniversary team as the best player in its 75-year history.

After college, Chico served in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon, Georgia in 1958 and in the U.S. Army Reserves.

After his service in the military, Chico began a 36-year teaching and coaching career where he taught social studies and driver training. Chico coached football and basketball at Springfield Local from 1959 to 1968 where he entered the Springfield Hall of Fame as an assistant coach for the State semi-finalist basketball team. 1963.

He then spent three years at McDonald High School where they were UPI State Football Champions in 1969 and finished his coaching career at Austintown Fitch.

He ended his professional teaching career as a principal at Austintown in 1995. He coached football for 22 years, refereed high school basketball for 35, and taught at an alternative school in Fitch for ten years after his retirement.

Chico was active in Boardman Youth Baseball where he was a star coach and league commissioner. He spent summers working at Garramone Distributing on South Avenue with his stepfather Gaetano, stepbrothers Eugene and Joseph, and nephew Jon.

On June 17, 1961, Chico married the love of his life, Elaine Rose Garramone, who predeceased him on February 12, 2022.

He leaves behind three sons, Frank Jr. (Lori), Dominic (Pam) and Joseph (Amy); grandchildren, Maria, Nick, Anthony, Sophia, Vince and Anita; brothers, Anthony “Bo” (Dee) and Gene (Rosemary); sisters-in-law, Marie Garramone, Joanne (Tom) Halt and Ann (Dante) Mancini as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, Chico was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anna Tropepe and her husband Jim; brothers, Dante and Mario and his wife Anne Frances; brothers-in-law, Joseph and Eugene Garramone; stepfather, Gaetano and stepmother, Lucy (Yannacito) Garramone.

Chico was very proud to see his six grandchildren grow up. All were athletes until high school and some until college. Together, he and Elaine were die-hard fans who attended hundreds of wrestling, golf and soccer competitions across the country in all weathers.

He was also blessed with many close friends and relatives. Some of the activities he enjoyed with them were bocce leagues at MVR, St. Anthony’s and Saxon Club, golf in the VFW Struthers League at Knoll Run, training at Youngstown YMCA, Saturdays in the lot of M-70 hatchback and Stambaugh. Stadium cheering the Youngstown State Penguins, Father’s Day outing, Monday night pizza with the Austintown teachers, and winemaking with grandson Vince.

Travel was another great love, so in 1971 Chico and Elaine bought their first Jayco pop-up trailer and took their family west for the first of many adventures. Around 1976, they began east coast camping trips in Myrtle Beach, SC, which became an annual tradition for 41 years. Chico has also had the joy of visiting relatives in Morolo, Italy on several occasions.

Friends can call on Friday, September 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fox Funeral Home on Market Street at Boardman.

A Christian burial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 3 at St. Dominic’s Church in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent to the Chico and Elaine Mancini Memorial Scholarship Fund at 874 Fairfield Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.

To send flowers to family or to plant a tree in memory of Frank “Chico” J. Mancini, please visit our flower shop.

A television tribute will air Monday, August 29 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. on WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX, and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.

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