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In Memory of

Frank David Caterinicchia

November 27, 1929 - November 22, 2016

Obituary


Frank David (Buddy, Al) Caterinicchia, 86, of Birmingham, AL passed away on November 22, 2016 surrounded by his loving wife of 66 years and his daughters. He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, most recently at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was very into sports whether watching them on TV, playing a good game a golf with his friends and relatives or gambling on the outcomes. He was a very gentle, generous, patient, loving and kind person who got along with everyone. Only rarely did he ever have a bad word...

Frank David (Buddy, Al) Caterinicchia, 86, of Birmingham, AL passed away on November 22, 2016 surrounded by his loving wife of 66 years and his daughters. He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, most recently at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was very into sports whether watching them on TV, playing a good game a golf with his friends and relatives or gambling on the outcomes. He was a very gentle, generous, patient, loving and kind person who got along with everyone. Only rarely did he ever have a bad word to say about anybody. He accepted people for who they are and that was reflected in the number of friends he had throughout his life. He was always available in times of need for his daughters, cousins, nieces and nephews many times throughout his life. No matter the situation, it was never spoken of again. He let bygones be bygones.
Al's father died when he was very young, so his Uncle John and Aunt Mary Caterinicchia helped raise him. Uncle John was a farmer, thus many days Al spent selling vegetables and cotton underneath the 1st Avenue viaduct in downtown Birmingham. That love of gardening never left him. Well into his 80s he still had a small vegetable garden, and he enjoyed keeping his yard in tip-top shape.
Al attended St. Paul School from first grade through his junior year of high school. Once the new John Carrol High School opened its door in 1947 he was enrolled there as a senior. He always took great pride in being a member of the first graduating class in 1948. He was the school's first football captain and dated the first head cheerleader who would eventually become his wife.
After high school, Al enlisted in the Navy and discovered, to his surprise, his birth certificate had his name as Frank. Frank served in the United States Navy Stateside and as an Airman during the Korean Conflict. While in the Navy, Frank participated in intramural boxing and won several matches in the weight class of featherweight. He was honorably discharged in 1953.
Upon discharge from the Navy his career path took him into the finance industry working his way up through the ranks until he was able to purchase Trustees Loan and Discount Company. He worked there until his retirement in 1994.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents Santo and Maggie (Smeraglia) Caterinicchia; his grandson, Christopher Naro; his brothers John and Joseph (Joe) Caterinicchia and his sister, Bernice Caterinicchia Semk. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Annette Graffo Caterinicchia; his daughters Kay and Valerie Caterinicchia; his grandchildren, Carmen Lackey, John (Stephanie) Dean, Josh (Nicole) Naro and Ashley (James) Gustin; his great grandchildren, Emily Ashworth, Noah and Ava Naro and Edie and Whit Gustin; his sister, Anne Caterinicchia Tortorigi; his brother-in-law, Tom Graffo and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at 10AM on Monday, November 28 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 7340 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, 35242 to be followed by a funeral Mass at 11AM and procession to the grave site for interment. Pallbearers are: Alfred Caterinicchia, Tom Graffo, Frank Tortorigi, Anthony Naro, Billy Rollo and John Dean.
November 27, 2016 would have been his 87th birthday. Happy Birthday, Daddy! We love you always and forever, and we will hold you deep within our hearts until we meet again.