Friday, July 21, 2017

Mr. Frank J. Spano Jr- Long Time Hoboken Public School Teacher, Administrator and Nationally Recognized Sports Official

Mr. Frank J. Spano Jr. 1939-2017
My condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Frank Spano. Mr. Spano was a valued colleague and a mentor and set a high standard for professionalism in his interactions with parents, faculty, and staff of the schools in which he administered. I will always remember his kind and generous words he had when John Raslowsky and I were appointed Superintendent and Asst. Superintendent of the Hoboken Public Schools back in 2007 . -Dr. Anthony Petrosino 

Frank J. Spano Jr.  loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away from this world on July 20, 2017 after a long illness (Details for final arrangement). Born and raised in Hoboken, N.J., Mr. Spano has lived in Manchester Township, N.J. since 2002.  He is survived by his loving wife Gloria (Herbster-Hanson); his three children, Gayle Khoury, Joseph Spano and his wife Kristen, Frank Spano and his wife Christine and their mother Ann, nee Gallo; his 3 step-children, Kristen Spano and her husband Joe, Danielle Bernie and her husband Budd, and Gary Hanson and his wife Johna. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren; Elizabeth and Bobby Khoury, Sarah and Joseph Spano, Frank Spano, Maxelle and Budd Bernie and Alyvia and Gary Hanson; his sisters Marianne Maarleveld, Judith Scarpone and brothers Joseph and Steven Spano. He is predeceased by his parents Frank and Josephine (Monaco) Spano.

He was a member of the class of 1961 of St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, N.J., and received his Masters Degree in School Administration from Seton Hall University in 1966. Mr. Spano served in the Hoboken school system from 1961 through 2000. His career in education started at A.J. Demarest School as a teacher of Business Studies where he later became Vice Principal. In 1972 he was named Principal of Joseph F. Brandt School where he served until 1995, he returned to A.J. Demarest as Principal for the 1995-1996 school year then took over as Principal of Hoboken High School from which he retired in 2000. After retirement he served as Interim Principal in the Englewood Cliffs Public School system as well as the Teaneck Public school system.

Through all of Mr. Spano’s success in his career in Education he also had an illustrious 50 year career as a sports official. Starting as a Little League umpire in 1964 he quickly moved to the high school level and to college baseball in 1967. His 22 year career as a college baseball umpire ended with him being on the diamond for the College World Series. He served as the Rules Interpreter for the College Baseball Umpires Association from 1984-1992. He took up refereeing college football in 1972 spending 20 seasons at the Division 1 level. He also refereed Division III Women’s College Basketball. After retiring from college officiating duties, Mr. Spano worked as a College Scout for the NFL and the Coach/Quarterback Coordinator for the NY Giants as well as the 24 Second Shot Clock Operator for the NJ Nets of the NBA. His love of sports was passed down to his children and grandchildren. The traveling involved in officiating college football became a passion of his. After retirement he travelled the world with his wife, Gloria, family and friends and spent much time in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis Church, 308 Jefferson Street, Hoboken, N.J. on July 25 at 11am. There will be no visitation prior to the mass. Friends and family are respectfully asked to gather directly at St. Francis church no later than 10:45 am. Entombment is at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Hours of visitation at Failla-McKnight Memorial Home, 533 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, N.J. on July 24 from 3-8pm. Valet parking in rear of memorial home off Sixth Street. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, or