Frank John Conti • October 10, 2018
Frank John Conti, age 90, traded his failing legs for Heavenly Wings on October 10. Frank is now at peace reunited with the love of his life, his deceased wife, Mary Alice Bell Conti. He was born to Italian Immigrants, John and Annie Labrato Conti who preceded him in death along with his 6 brothers, 3 sisters and his dog, Rusty. Together again, what a heavenly reunion that must have been.
He was a wonderful father and is survived by his four children, twins, Rick (Jane Noblin), Marc (Monica Pope), one daughter, Cindy Conti Waller (Ken Higdon), Ray (Leah Trigg). A tremendous blessing that brought so much joy in his life was his 6 grandchildren, Riki, Jacey and Brad Conti (Jaime), Shannon Pursell (Mike), Amber Waller Ellis (Harry Levin), Crisi Waller (Jason Browning) and 5 great grandchildren, Carter and Baylen Conti, Breanna and Hayden Pursell and Geoff Ellis, a number of nieces and nephews.
Frank served our country in the Army Tank Brigade during the Korean War. After discharge, the train to Pensacola made a stop in Chicago and Divine Intervention had Mary Alice Bell board the train, destination Pensacola. They had been sweethearts that separated for him to go to war and her to pursue nursing. Once reunited they were never apart again. The love they shared for 62 years was obvious to all. They are now reunited for Eternity. A true love story that will never end.
He never met a stranger and was always the life of any gathering. He was a faithful member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Bellview. The St. Anne’s Round-Up was a working family and friends tradition. If you stopped at Frankie’s ring toss booth he put you to work. He loved his Harley. He could tell stories for hours about the antics on his motorcycle and he never lost the urge to ride. He loved to fish and found such joy in throwing a cast net for mullet or watching a bream cork start to move.
After the Army he transitioned to civil service as an Aviation Chief Electrician at NAS Pensacola where he worked until he retired. The lifelong friendships he made with his co-workers will live on for lifetimes.
Everyone was welcome at the Conti house. You were never going to be hungry around Frank. Sunday, spaghetti and meatballs were always on the menu and everyone knew it. They never knew how many they would feed each Sunday but they always had enough and it always started with prayer. He always wanted to have a piece of cake or something on the counter he could offer unexpected guests. He was known by many names, Dad, Pop, PawPaw, Frankie, Godfather, Uncle Frank, one thing was constant, their home was always open with a welcome hug and a cup of coffee.
He touched so many lives. To know him was to love him. He was always there, from Holidays, birthdays, cheerleading, football and his true love Baseball. He took such pride in watching West Florida High School baseball where his son Marc is the coach. He will forever be missed but will always be in our hearts until we meet again in Paradise.
The family would like to thank the Haven of Our Lady of Peace for the loving care they provided. The interaction with staff and residents helped fill the void he felt from the loss of his soul mate, Mary Alice. Our love and gratitude to Dr. Amos Prevatt and his staff for many years of wonderful loving care they provide to the entire family. And Covenant Hospice for their guidance and dedication to each and every patient and their families.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Bellview on Friday, October 19 at 2:00pm. Father John Licari will be celebrant. Visitation before Mass 1-2:00pm in the Church. A reception will follow Mass in the Family Life Center.