Frank J. Scarpino, also known as Fabulous Frank, 69, of Orchard Park, N.Y. and formerly of Warren, PA., slept peacefully from this life to his eternal home, Monday, March 6, 2023. Frank was born January 31, 1954, in Jamestown, New York. He was the son of Carl and Josephine Rosella Scarpino.
He was a 1972 graduate of Jamestown High School and a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Frank was a Warren resident for over 20 years, and then lived in Orchard Park, N.Y. for over 20 years. Over the years, he was owner and operator of the former Classy Closet specialty clothing store, The Willows Bed & Breakfast, Extra Extras Consignment Shop and Gifted Images all operated in Warren, PA., He also owned and rented out numerous costumes for Halloween and special events. He also was formerly employed as a furniture salesman with Ashley Home Store in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Frank was active in local theatres where he created overall costume designs. He was an active member and friend of the Imperial Court of Buffalo where he enjoyed attending their Imperial Masquerade ICP Ball.
Frank can be remembered by many friends whom he loved to talk and spend time with. He was a fashion icon, and once told a friend, “Life is too short not to wear the expensive jewelry and vintage glasses.” He was a man full of love and life. He truly made everything both special and beautiful. Frank lit up every room he walked into to.
He is survived by his loving daughter whom he dearly loved and spoke of often, Erin Scarpino, son-in-law, Francisco Almonte, and granddaughter, Valentina Almonte, of Secaucus, N.J., a brother, 3 sisters, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his longtime partner and best friend, David Simmons, who died March 3, 2022.
A celebration of Frank’s life will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 2:00 pm at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., with the Rev. Dr. Dale Haight, leading the celebration. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com