Logansport High School
Frank Patrick Parente
1941 - May 11, 1991
The LHS Class of ’59 was blessed with an unusually large number of gifted
musicians. One of the finest of this elite group was Frank Parente.
He found sweet sounds on just about any kind of saxophone and clarinet.
We were fortunate to hear his work not only in the LHS Band, Swing Band,
Orchestra, Winter Fantasy & Key Klub Kapers, but with many of the better
area dance bands – including his own. As classmates may recall, Frank
also participated in Hi-Y, Latin Club, Student Council, Senior Board, Music
Club and played on the golf team. But music was his forte.
Perhaps it was the song in his heart that enabled him to lift everyone’s
spirits with his hearty ‘Hello’, his shining smile, and the twinkle in his
Frankie was Music Director
and a Teacher at Fremont High School in Fremont, Indiana, and passed away on
May 11, 1991.
The following from the
Pharos Tribune archives, May 15, 1991.
FORT WAYNE — Private services were held
Tuesday at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Logansport, Indiana, for Frank Patrick
Parente, Jr., 49, Angola, Ind.
He died at 6:40 p.m. Saturday in Cameron
Hospital in Angola.
Born Sept. 25, 1941, in Logansport, he was the
son of Frank Sr. and Doris E. Little Parente.
He had lived in the Angola community for 10
He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church
Surviving are his mother, of Angola; and two
brothers, John R., West Lafayette, and Robert J., Logansport.
The Rev. David Newton officiated at the
Arrangements were by D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Wayne.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fremont
High School music department.
MAY 11, 1991
The following note was added on the findagrave site:
"Our beloved "Mr.P"...talented saxophonist, pianist, band
director, friend and confidant. His gentle and patient ways are everlasting
in the memories of his students who loved him." The leader of the band
is tired, And his eyes are growing old; But his blood runs through my
instrument, And his song is in my soul."
- Mr.P's favorite tubaist" (11-23-11)
Information gathered by Leon Whiteman