Frank Sofia, affectionately known as "S", went to be with the Lord on January 26, 2023. He was the second son born to Lawrence and Rosaria (Scibilia) Sofia on March 5, 1941.
He grew up on the Northside of Syracuse, graduated from North High School in 1959 and received a full scholarship to attend Le Moyne College, graduating in 1963 with a degree in Education. He taught for a year at St. John the Evangelist School before he began teaching Social Studies at Liverpool High School in 1965. During his 35 year teaching career, "S" became involved in numerous school-wide activities, initiating a pep club, serving as a student council advisor and helping create numerous new traditions focusing on school spirit, including the first senior lounge, the Welcome Frosh Dance, the annual bonfire and homecoming floats. He also became synonymous with the LHS Alumni Association by becoming the go-to person for class reunions, producing a newsletter for graduates, “The Smoke Signal”and organizing an annual alumni dinner dance. He also served as an advisor for the LHS Varsity Club. He impacted many lives throughout his tenure before retiring in 2000 from the classroom. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to return as the LHS stadium coordinator, where he worked every game and was the Liverpool Warriors biggest fan. He held that position until 2020.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Pompei Church. Frank vacationed in Florida for many years during school breaks. Besides attending and watching sports, he enjoyed cooking, photography and shopping at the Regional Market.
He was predeceased by his parents, niece, Maria E. Sofia and brother, Joseph J. Sofia. He is survived by his two nieces, Jodyanne (Mark) Tantillo of Cicero, and Sandyanne (Jay) Hoestermann of Lockport, NY, three nephews, Lawrence of Federal Way, Washington, Joseph of Lititz, PA and Frank of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, sister in-law, Maria N. Sofia of Liverpool and great nieces, great nephews, cousins, longtime close friend, Rosemarie Emmi and her family and George and Bonnie Ladd Mangicaro.
Frank will be remembered for his gentle nature, patience and kindness to all.
Calling hours are Wednesday, February 1st from 11am-1pm at Our Lady of Pompei Church, 301 Ash St., Syracuse followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1pm.
In keeping with Frank’s love for Liverpool High School athletics, contributions can be made in his name to the Liverpool Varsity Club.
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