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Thomas Anthony Fratino

Thomas Anthony Fratino

February 24, 1957 - July 26, 2017     Age: 60

Mr. Thomas “Big Tom” Anthony Fratino age 60 of Fernandina Beach, FL, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, July 26, 2017.

Born in Euclid, OH, he was one of four children born to Tony and Dorothy Ann Tarasco Fratino.    He grew up in Euclid and was a graduate of Euclid High School, Class of 1975.  After high school he attended Ohio University where he graduated with his degree in Electrical Engineering.  After college he began a long career as an Electrical Engineer with M.K. Ferguson in Cleveland, OH, as the Project Engineer.  In 1985 he met Kathy Denise Poarch whom he would marry in 1986.  The Fratinos’ made their first home in Mentor where he would later accept a position with Avery Dennison as an Electrical Engineer.

In 1995, he joined Tropicana in Fort Pierce, FL, where he worked until joining Technical Associates in Albany, GA, in 2003.  In 2011, he accepted an invitation to join Rock Tenn, as a Senior Electrical Engineer.   During his career as an Electrical Engineer he traveled to and contributed to projects in 42 different states.

Tom was an avid sports fan.  He played hockey throughout high school and college, coached his son’s hockey teams and was a voracious fan of the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers.  True to his Italian heritage; he enjoyed attending the Wickliff Italian American Club where he was a member with his family and played in the Bocci League.  He enjoyed entertaining and any activity that included good food.  His family recalls the enjoyment that only an Electrical Engineer would have through his synchronized holiday lighting and decoration of their homes.

Mr. Fratino leaves behind, his wife of 32 years, Kathy D. Fratino, Fernandina Beach, FL, sons, Stephen Diffenbacher (Peggi), Jupiter, FL, Thomas Fratino II, Fernandina Beach, FL, Anthony Fratino (Katie), Jacksonville, FL, a daughter, Cadence Fratino, Fernandina Beach, FL, his parents, Tony and Dorothy Fratino, Willoughby, OH, two sisters, Linda Moffa (Gerry), Winter Springs, FL, Karen Vance (Walt), Concord, OH, a brother, Joseph “Joe” Fratino (Heather), Parker, CO, and many nieces and nephews.

His family will receive friends in Florida on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Oxley Heard.

Funeral services will be held in Mentor, Ohio in the chapel of Brunner Funeral Home at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 3, 2017.  There will be a visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Brunner Funeral Home.   Mr. Fratino will be laid to rest in the family section of Perry Cemetery.

9 Condolences

  • Darlene Pino and John Antoniewicz Posted July 27, 2017 10:51 pm

    Very sorry to hear of your loss of Tom. May God bless you.

  • Frank Kocjancic Posted July 28, 2017 6:20 am

    I knew Tom from grade school. He always seemed to have a smile on his face. He will be in our prayers

  • Dennis Dauzuk Posted July 28, 2017 12:44 pm

    I only had the pleasure of working with Tom for a few months. Our prayers are with you and the Fratino family.

  • Nick and Dale Deonas Posted July 28, 2017 1:14 pm

    Such a shock to hear about Tom. Kathy my heart breaks for you. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  • Sue Bedenbaugh Posted July 28, 2017 1:25 pm

    So sorry for your loss. You are in my prsyets

  • Mark Pugel Posted July 28, 2017 2:40 pm

    Tom, my best childhood friend. A truly loving family man. You will be missed but forever fondly remembered. May you and your family find Peace. ’till we meet again.

  • Alexandria Scott Posted July 28, 2017 4:09 pm

    I knew Tom to be a very warm-hearted person. He showed it towards so many others in his life, especially Cadence. He gave Cadence the meaning of what love is and I know that meaning will stay with her forever because of him. He was a good person with a tender heart and I’m very sorry for the loss of him. I know he is missed.

  • Mark and Anissa Phillips Posted July 29, 2017 12:15 am

    So sorry for your loss- Tom was one of the good ones and will be missed greatly…Always a pleasure to be around and always good for a laugh! R.I.P.

  • Linda McBride Posted July 29, 2017 1:37 pm

    He was 2 years younger but saw him around the
    Neighborhood, I graduated with and knew his
    Sister Linda 73′, so sorry for your loss, such a kind
    Loving man who made it clear in his posts that
    Family was everything to Him.

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