June 4, 1928 – Feb. 26, 2013
Philip F. Frandina of Buffalo, a prominent professional engineer and former Erie County public works commissioner, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 84.
Born in Buffalo, the oldest of seven children, he began his career in the construction business assisting his Sicilian-born father, who was a concrete contractor.
He worked as a welder, a City of Buffalo engineering inspector and an Erie County Highway Department engineering assistant during the eight years he took night studies at the University at Buffalo’s Millard Fillmore College. He graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1964.
Mr. Frandina advanced through all of the engineering positions in the county Department of Public Works, becoming commissioner in 1982.
After retiring in 1988, he joined his family’s consulting engineering and land surveying firm, Frandina Engineering, and continued working until two months before his death. He was highly regarded as a structural engineer, bridge designer and arbitrator in construction disputes.
He was a past president of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, which named him Engineer of the Year in 1987, presented him its Basinski-Wohler Meritorious Service Award in 1994 for outstanding contributions over an extended period, and gave him its 1997 Meritorious Service Award. He also was a past president of the Technical Societies Council and the Buffalo section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He founded the local chapter of the Association for Bridge Construction and Design and served as its first president. The state chapter of the American Public Works Association named him one of the Top Ten Public Works Officials of 1988.
In 2001, Mr. Frandina and his three children, all professional civil engineers, were named Engineers of the Year by the UB Engineering Alumni Association.
His first wife, Josephine Falsone, died in 1983 on their 33rd wedding anniversary.
Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Mary Lou Klice Frandina; two sons, Frank and Joseph; a daughter, Rosanne; two brothers, Anthony and Joseph M.; and a sister, Mary Leone.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1029 Delaware Ave.