Frank J. Jacquinto, Businessman

Posted: February 19, 1989

Frank J. Jacquinto, 70, a well-known and controversial Germantown businessman and landlord, died Friday at Graduate Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Jacquinto lived in Germantown all but the last several years of his life, which he spent in Chestnut Hill. Though he never attended high school, he possessed strong business savvy and at one point owned more than 39 residential and commercial properties in the city.

His best-known ventures were Frank's Junk Shop, which operated for years on Rittenhouse Street; Frank's, a bar and restaurant on Germantown Avenue that Mr. Jacquinto sold last year, and the Germantown Republican Club, a private club on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Over the years, he worked closely with the Germantown Business Association and the Tavern Association.

Mr. Jacquinto was no stranger to controversy.

In 1980, the city filed suit against him, charging that he owed the city and school district $121,000 in back taxes and fines. Also in 1980, Mr. Jacquinto was convicted of violating city housing code violations and fined nearly $17,000 for problems at six properties that he or his family owned.

His daughter, Vicky Lazar, said that in 1974, during a ceremony sponsored by the Philadelphia Black Chamber of Commerce to honor her father for his humanitarian efforts, form Mayor Frank L. Rizzo dubbed him "Mayor of Germantown." Mr. Jacquinto was a financial supporter and friend of the former mayor.

Surviving Mr. Jacquinto are his wife, Ruth; four daughters, Bunny DiGenova, Vicky Lazar, Franny Riegler and Theresa Rodgers; a stepson, Mark Haber; a stepdaughter, Sue Grossman; 14 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, two brothers, Ralph and Dominic, and a sister, Marie Kehan.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow at Kirk & Nice Funeral Home, 6301 Germantown Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon tomorrow at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Price and Lena Streets, Germantown. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Family and friends will be sitting Shiva tomorrow and Tuesday evening at Mr. Jacquinto's home.

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