By Barbara Ann Zippi
Ciao Bella Living Italian Style
Francis “Frank” Pileggi, 87, a prominent local attorney who was active in Italian community affairs, passed away on May 17.
Mr. Pileggi was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Mary Clorinda Pileggi (Troffo). He was a graduate of St. James Catholic School, Villanova University and Temple University Law School.
He was the founder of the law firm Pileggi and Pileggi as well as the Justinian Society of Delaware County, an organization of lawyers of Italian American heritage. He was the solicitor for the Suburban Contractors’ Association for over four decades. He recruited for and attended the Malvern Retreat House for over 50 years and founded the Christopher Columbus Memorial Association of Delaware County.
Before beginning his law practice, he was instrumental in forming and growing several businesses with his father and brothers, which included Concord Plywood and Supply Co., Beautiful Home Centers Inc., Concord Real Estate Agency, Pileggi Development Corp. and the construction company D. Pileggi & Sons Inc.
He was an active member of St. Katharine Drexel parish in Chester, serving as lector, Eucharistic minister and cantor. He is survived by his children, Theresa, Dominic (Diana), John (Lisa), Francis G.X. (Jeanne), Elisa (Harry), Joseph and Rev. Anthony; a brother Dominick J. (“Mick”); seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. His son Dominic is the former Republican Majority Leader in the Pennsylvania Senate, former mayor of Chester and now Delaware County Court Judge.