Andrew Folino

Date of Death: 
March 17th, 2020

Andrew J. Folino of Pennsauken NJ passed away on the morning of Tuesday, March 17th at the age of 87. Andrew was a devoted husband to his wife of 46 years, Jeanne (nee Gore), loving father to daughters Mary Folino and Frances Mullen(Michael), and special Grandpop to his granddaughters Andrea and Eva May Mullen. He will also be greatly missed and celebrated by many siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A true firecracker, Andy was born on the 4th of July, 1932 to parents Marie and Frank Folino in the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia. He attended Our Lady of Consolation parish, along with his younger sister Philomena Bailey(deceased) and brother James Folino (deceased)(wife Dorothy). Andy was an altar boy and worked in his father’s grocery store before completing high school at the age of 17. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, and after his discharge attended Temple University, where he received his BS in Education in 1961. Upon his graduation he joined the faculty of Frankford High School where he had a long and successful 30 year tenure. Andy taught Business Law and Accounting and acted as Senior Class advisor, along with coaching Frankford’s JV football team for 25 plus seasons. Coach Folino lived and breathed FKD football and mentored countless young players over his football career, even returning to volunteer after his retirement in 1993. Although coaching and family were his life, Andy also found time to work with youth in Philadelphia’s recreation programs in the evenings and summers. After his retirement he continued to stay incredibly active, working part time for the Dept. of Recreation in Cherry Hill and serving on the board of directors of Freedom Credit Union. Throughout Andy’s life he was a member of many organizations including the American Legion, the Lions Club, the Sons of Italy, and the Italian American Club. He served on many of their councils and enjoyed their services and celebrations with lifelong friends. To know Andy was to love him, his joy for life was infectious and he was always willing to go out of his way for anyone who needed him. The sheer number of students, athletes, co-workers, and friends whose lives he touched is a testament to his great spirit and dedication. He will be sorely missed and greatly remembered. Funeral services at this time will be private with a public memorial service will to be held at a later date.

Memories and Condolences

It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to have known Andy for the last 20+years. He always greeted you with that great smile and a hearty welcome. He was proud of his Italian heritage and always shared his love for their food especially hot peppers. He loved football especially "his Kids" at Frankford High but more than anything he loved his family especially his wife Jeanne. His eyes lit up whenever she entered the room. His daughters and granddaughters were the apples of his eyes and he was proud of each of them in a special way. He lived a full life! Although he was 87, he always looked and seemed younger than that(perhaps Jeanne was the reason). As his eloquent obituary said " he will be sorely missed and greatly remembered " by us and many others, Rest in peace Andy! You deserve it. We love you.
I graduated FKD 1975. Mr Filino was one of my favorite teachers. He came to a few of our reunions which we have had every 5 years since. He was a teacher that would listen. I thought of him often. My condolences to all of you.
Andy was the best , who cold ever forget him as a coach or teacher . What a positive influence on so many. Who could ever forget his Business law class on the third floor. He opened it up for student debate and made it so interesting to only (seniors) . Funny as it sound he was a graduate of North catholic class of 1949 and graduate at 16 years of age. He went to North but he bleed Red, Blue and Gold. He was the first to call me when I graduate college at WCU and stated that's why I made it so hard on yo as a student. My brother Martin idolized him an became a High history teacher at Pennsauken high school.My brother even went to Temple U on Andy advice . Face Book is lighting up on MR Falino stories. I am sure he was a great husband an father . He will be missed and another SAD day at FKDHS. Prayers for Him and his family. Some one should ask Mrs Falino to donate all his fooball Championship coats to FKDHS. Hopefully Tom Gonshiski will do that for him and his legacy. There are probably 15 of them .
What can I say about Mr. Folino. I was in his class my Senior year at Frankford High School. A great teacher, coach and friend. He was a great positive influence in my life, thank you for that Mr.Folino. You will be remembered as my favorite teacher. Rest in peace!!
Hearing about Andy's passing made me sad, but knowing he is with our Lord, was a joy. All three of my children were taught by Andy at Frankford High. He was a great teacher and made learning fun. There should be more teachers like him and kids would learn more and enjoy doing it. And oh Andy thanks for the "A" this parent got for typing Drew's notes so you were able to read them. You will be missed by many. Go Frankford ❤💙💛
Mr. Folino....you were my favorite teacher! You made learning the fundamentals of Accounting fun. Met many wonderful peers in your class. You have touched many lives and that's quite an achievement. May you rest in peace knowing that you were loved. Prayers and loving thoughts to The Folino Family.🙏♥️
Mr Folino was the best. Class of 84, business law class was the best cause of him. He bird red blue and gold, my soon was class of 2004 and still remembered me. That's a real mentor. RIP Mr Folino.
So sorry Jeanne. I just found out today. Please share my family's sympathy with your family. A special Frankford teacher also and so much fun! Prayers and Love
Andy was a mentor, coach,teacher, but more importantly, friend. He was my 12th grade homeroom advisor who always checked my grades and kept me on the straight and narrow so I could play football and other activities. He truly cared for his young adults. Later in life we crossed paths as neighbors in N J. I would see him walking the girls to our park, a proud Poppa. We were all lucky to have him touch our lives. We need more like him. RIP my friend.
Mr. Folino was a Frankford legend in so many ways. A class act whether in the classroom, on the football field, in the halls or in his Pennsauken neighborhood. I was privileged to interact with him for two years on the football field and in his Business Law classroom. No one would ever cut his class. Yes, because we never wanted to disappoint him, but more because he was a great story teller and communicator of information. Years later when I ironically became an educator in his Pennsauken neigborhood, I saw him in Wawa. We both looked at each other and embraced. Catching up with him for 5 minutes made my month. I was amazed how much he remembered from our days together. He also stands out in my memory as a tremendous listener. He really cared about all of the students he interacted with on a daily basis, and it showed in every action. He influenced countless students and athletes. Tom Honeyman Class of '88
Wow Andy! What can I say? I've had the privilege of knowing and being friends with the Folino family since the 70's.Andy was such a strong personality for all of us. He always had something good to say to you. He was such a fun guy to be around. And he was a great husband and father.I am so saddened to hear that he passed. We will all miss him. Jeanne and the girls have lost one of the great ones!

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