Frank Robert Nassida


Frank Robert Nassida, 88, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at The Terrace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Berea.
Mr. Nassida was born on October 13, 1930 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, and was the son of Vincenzo and Catherine Rizzo Nassida. The husband of Jo Ann Goins Nassida, he was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean War, and a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.
A 2011 EKU Hall of Fame inductee and EKU Distinguished Alumni, Frank Nassida played offensive tackle/defensive tackle and outside linebacker in the 4-4 defense during two Eastern Kentucky Maroons' football seasons (1953-54). His junior season under the direction of head coach Tom Samuels, Nassida was a driving force in Eastern's 8-2 season when he was selected second-team ALL-OVC in 1953. During his senior year, under head coach Glenn Presnell, Nassida was named first-team ALL-OVC and co-captioned the Maroons' first OVC championship team that was selected to play in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, FL. He transferred to Eastern after one year at the University of Pittsburgh, and two seasons at the University of Miami. While playing for Miami, he was part of the Hurricane team that played in the 1951 Orange Bowl and the 1952 Gator Bowl. He graduated in 1955 from EKU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health/Physical Education teaching with a minor in History and in 1971 he acquired a Master Degree from EKU in education and later a Rank 1 certification. After graduating from Eastern in 1955, He served as football coach for the United States Army team in Fort Lewis, WA, from 1955-56. From 1957-59, he was head football coach and assistant basketball coach at the St. John's Central High School in Bellaire, OH. He also served as head football coach, track coach and athletic director at Berea City School from 1964-66. In the early 60's Frank and JoAnn owned and operated Speck's Resturant.
He served in the Richmond City Council in 1968 before being appointed as Richmond City Chief of Police from 1968-70. From 1970-1991, he began an association with the Madison County school system which included teaching positions of math, director of pupil personnel, assistant principal, principal of Kit Carson Elementary School, principal of Madison Central High School and District transportation director. He is a lifetime member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, the National Education Association, the Madison County Education Association and the Madison County Retired Teachers Association. He is a member of the EKU Colonel Club and officer of the EKU Worn Cleat Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 11 siblings.
Survivors other than his wife, Jo Ann, include: two sons; Frank Browning Nassida (Danna), of Salvisa, KY and Vincent Joe Nassida (Tracy) of Richmond, KY; one daughter; Darlene Nassida Young (David) of Richmond, KY; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Frank Nassida will be held at 1:00PM on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at The Church on the Rock, 1049 Richmond Road, Berea, KY 40403 with Fr. Jim Sichko, Pastor Mark Sarver and Dr. Virgil Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Berea Cemetery in Berea, Kentucky.
Visitation will be from 5:00PM - 9:00PM Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at The Church on the Rock.
Published on May 6, 2019
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3 posts

Julie Adams
May 13, 2019
So sorry To know of your great loss. You were such a loving couple. My prayers are with all of your family for peace and healing.
Cary and Kelli Stegemoller
May 09, 2019
Nassida Family—

Growing up, much of my childhood memories included Mr. Nassida in some way or the other. I learned more from him than my own dad if I want to be honest. Thank you for sharing him with so many of us! He made a difference in every life he came into contact with, I do believe that.
We will not only have the memories to give us comfort but his amazing pasta sauce recipe!!
Love to you all
Ron Bates
May 07, 2019
I am deeply saddened by Frank’s passing. I have many fond memories of him having worked at Specks in the late 60s. He helped a lot of us students at EKU get through school. My prayers go out to his family.