September 5, 1957 – The first of three sons was born to Frank and Antoinette Arcori. Who would of known the effect this little boy wonder would have on the world. Frank Gerard Arcori grew up working in his family’s grocery store, Frank’s Market. His mother and father taught him the importance of family values and a strong work ethic. Frank was no ordinary child. He was the type of brother that would wake up extra early to hang homemade birthday signs throughout the house. He was the type of husband that always accommodated his wife’s every need. He was the type of father that always exceeded his children’s most extravagant expectations. He is the type of man all men should choose to emulate.
His biggest success story is his family. Lamia and Frank married on September 7, 1980. They shared 26 years, four children, Angela, Marisa, Frankie, and Leann, and lived their dream together.
Many knew Frank for his bold business sense. Frank loved a challenge and he also found joy in helping others with their obstacles. There was never a dull moment in Frank’s life. Once he felt comfortable in the conventional grocery store business he ventured into a discount grocery chain. Where there was opportunity, there was Frank. Frank and his partners (his brothers, Joe, John, and Emmet and many others along the way) were involved in Vegas Supermarkets, Save-A-Lot, Pet Supplies Plus, the hotel business, real estate development, and Wireless Giant.
During the summer of 2006, Frank was diagnosed with stage four-stomach cancer and after a short but difficult battle he passed away on September 30, 2006. After receiving several blood transfusions during his battle with cancer, Frank spoke to others on the importance of donating blood and the American Red Cross Organization. During his last days Frank also taught others the importance of helping families of cancer patients. In hopes that an experimental treatment could be the family’s answering prayer, the Arcori’s headed to Mississippi. During this time they came across a family who was having a difficult time paying for their young son’s cancer treatment. Putting aside his own illness, Frank offered to take some of the financial burden off the family. We have formed the Frank G. Arcori foundation to continue touching peoples’ lives in his honor, the way our dad did every day he walked this earth.
We truly believe God directed dad Frank on this hectic path, so that many could be inspired by his attitude, his values, and his way of life.