Frank J. Vari (Hank), of Wilmington, DE,age 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Christiana Hospital. He was the husband of Margaret Mary Sisofo Vari (Margie).
Born on August 23, 1934, in Wilmington, DE, Frank was the son of the late Vincenzo Vari and Catherine Vari. Frank was a 1952 graduate of Wilmington H.S. (a “Wall-of-Fame” inductee) and a graduate of the West Chester (PA) State Teachers College with a B.S. in Health Ed. and M.Ed. degrees along with post-graduate studies. He served the community in various roles as an Instructor and Director at Swim Clubs (Public and Private) and the Boys & Girls Club. Inspired by his teachers and coaches, he began his life-long career as an Educator, Coach and Mentor with the formation of the Garnet Valley (PA) School District until later as a Teacher at Immaculate Conception (MD) and Mt. Aviat Academy (MD) - honored as a “Person who made a difference”. Mr. Vari’s enthusiasm in the classroom and on the athletic playing field, as well as his zeal for humor and compassion are traits which have inspired generations to be the best they can be. Hank played semi-pro football. He hosted an informal fraternity of coaches, teachers, and athletes to just get together in the camaraderie of friendship. He was a Christmas-spirited man who enjoyed sharing the Italian culture and American history with his grand-children. Frank attended St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church.
Hank enjoyed traveling with his wife Margie of 59 years who he is survived by with their three children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Daughter Donna Marie, NJ, grandchildren Stephanie (Billy Crowe), Nicholas, great-grandchildren Milania, Brielle, Cal, Giovanni; son Michael Vari and wife, Elizabeth, Lynchburg, VA, grandchildren Carolyn, Jacquelyn, Anna, Olivia; and daughter Kimberly Ann and husband, Brian Wayne, Wilmington, DE grandchildren Erica, Lauren, Dominic, Julianna; and two sisters, Rose Vari Hancock, Cape May, NJ, and Florence Vari Olivere, Wilmington, DE; and a host of nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by one sister, Ann; and by two brothers, Joseph, and John.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, 901 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, DE on Tuesday, January 16, at 11 am, where the family welcomes friends at the church one hour prior. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Frank J. Vari, please consider a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware (NCC), 669 S. Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.
Love to you Hank, Dad, Grand-Pop, Great Grand-Pop, Frankie, Uncle Hank, Uncle Frank, Mr. Vari, Coach Vari and Friend
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