PORT CHESTER, N.Y. Dominic C. Francia Jr. of Greenwich, Conn., a former Port Chester High School teacher, died June 29. He was 83.
He was born Aug. 31, 1928, in Port Chester, N.Y., to Domenic and Jennie Virtuoso Francia. After attending Port Chester High School, Francia graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in education. He received a master's degree in education from Fairfield University.
Francia served with the U.S. Army on the Pacific island of Guam near the end of World War II.
He taught industrial arts at Port Chester High School from 1962 to 1991, when he retired. Francia also coached boys soccer at Port Chester High School. In his last year of coaching, he led the Rams to the state soccer championships and was named Coach of the Year.
He married Joan Marie Ward on Sept. 7, 1952, at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Port Chester. He was a former member of the Port Chester Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Greenwich.
Francia is survived by his wife, Joan Marie Francia, of Greenwich; a son, Dominic C. Francia III, of Greenwich; two daughters, Regina Francia (Lou) Mitri, of Monroe, and Joann Francia (Drew) Allen, of Shelton; a sister, Rose Lucente, of Port Chester; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Peter Francia.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Craft Memorial Home in Port Chester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Port Chester. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Rye Brook.
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