JOBIT: Farina, John F. [MC1978 RIP] 2016-Jun-14


RE: John F. Farina ’78 BS

Good Afternoon All,

We pray for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper, John Farina. Pete Sweeney received the sad news yesterday from John’s Brother, Tom ’79 BS and we further received word from Brother Robert and Brother Tom Zoppo about the passing of this good man. Brother Tom Zoppo shared the following.

“I was sorry to hear about John Farina.  He and I entered the Skaneateles Novitiate together in 1980.  Prior to the novitiate, John taught at St. Peter’s Boys High School for one year followed by a year at Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse.  After the novitiate, John was assigned to Good Shepherd School in the Inwood section of Manhattan for a few years before leaving the Brothers.  After graduating from St. Raymond’s Boys High School in the Bronx, where he first met the Brothers, John became a passionate biology student at Manhattan College.  John brought his special enthusiasm for all things related to plants and living creatures to the classroom.”

Br. Tom Zoppo

John was called home suddenly and based upon the heartfelt comments shared by some who knew John, he will be missed by many and touched the hearts of many as he passed through their lives as Educator and Friend. We pray for John, his Brothers and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. We remember John as he no doubt enters the Kingdom of heaven and is at rest in God’s Eternal Embrace. Thank you Pete, Tom, Br. Robert and Br. Tom Zoppo.

Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon and The Manhattan College Prayer Group
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Farina, John F. [MC1978 RIP]

[JR: Haven’t seen the obit published yet.]  

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3 responses to “JOBIT: Farina, John F. [MC1978 RIP] 2016-Jun-14

  1. Philip Romano

    I met John Farina many years ago when he was still with the brothers. I had a reptile petshop in Queens and John quickly went from a customer to a good friend for many years. We saw each other rarely, but communicated via email regularly for all these years until recently when his emails of fascinating science discoveries and and poignant political essays and quotes he found online suddenly stopped. This had happened before due to his issues with computer access, but never for so long. My investigation landed me here. I am heartbroken. I would appreciate it if you could in some way connect me with his brother or someone to get more details and to offer my condolences directly.
    Sharing your sorrow,
    Philip Romano .


  2. I am with NYCPride and we worked with John for many years. He was a very caring soul that always helped with whatever he could and was one of the most reliable and hard working people we have ever worked with. We had missed him at this year’s pride and were wondering about him so thank you for posting this. Do you have any more information about his family and friends. We are planning a memorial for him and would like to have everyone there if possible.


  3. Philip W. Romano

    John has two brothers. Frank and Tom. When I learned of Johns passing (on this website as well), I sent a letter to his house (“to The Family of John Farina” 1512 Lurting Ave, Bronx, NY 10461) offering my condolences and sharing some remembrances, assuming someone would get the mail eventually. I received an nice Email reply from Tom and just a few days ago I received a letter from Frank . You could try contacting them at this address as I did.

    I don’t know that I feel comfortable sharing the brothers email and home addresses publicly on this forum, but feel free to contact me directly c/o I would be happy to forward any communications to him for you.

    I would surely attend any memorial service in his honor. John also worked at Zoo-Rama Inc Pet Shop at 2566 East Tremont Ave. Bronx, NY 10461 He was well loved there as well.

    In case you don’t know the details, as I understand it John walked from the pet shop down the block to the RiteAid Pharmacy to check his blood pressure (I don’t know the details; perhaps he didn’t feel right). He basically walked in and collapsed of a massive heart attack and never regained consciousness. He died that day – May 25, 2016.