Burial ceremony to follow Mass Sunwest Cemetery 12525 NW Grand Ave El Mirage, AZ 85335
Luncheon The Wigwam
300 East Wigwam Blvd
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Follow signage for
“Celebration of Life”
We are following ALL social distancing guidelines and local health protocols.
In lieu of flowers, please consider these two non-profit organizations.
One that supports the war on suicide and another to help give a second chance to those in need.
Franco held both causes near and dear.
Here are their individual donation links.
Memories with Franco
Amilya from New York wrote on September 1, 2020 at 4:50 PM:
Franco Antonetti July 17th 1944 – August 27th 2020 Thank you for stopping by, we are so glad you are here! This site was designed to be a place to celebrate the life…… and the people……. in Franco Antonetti’s life. Please post, share your memories, tell the stories and let us know how you knew our father. Most importantly, connect with the vast amount of people, from around the world, who know him and love him. He may not have been for everyone, unique is an understatement. But for those of us who knew him, he was bigger than life – Unforgettable – and he is missed beyond words. Please check back!!! We have so many updates and posts coming your way. Stay tuned for……. Zoom link for Friday services. Nonprofit Link to the organizations we are actively involved with. Your support in these organizations will amplify our fathers energy and our belief in doing good and serving others. Let my fathers memory become a catalyst for the world to become a better place for all. Videos & Pictures of our father and those he loved so much. Highlights from Friday services and luncheon Our father’s passing in not an end, it’s a transference of his light unto you. Let us honor his life by reaching out to connect with each other, sharing positively and the healing energy we all need. Let’s show up better and stronger – TOGETHER! With love and gratitude, Amilya “His Loving Daughter”
Herb and Diana
from Surprise, AZ wrote on September 5, 2020 at 12:31 PM:
Our very good friend was laid to rest yesterday, much too soon. We knew him for only 4 years, just 48 months but friendship can’t be accurately measured simply by time. Our friendship came about through a mutual understanding of what’s important in life, kindness, respect, and how to succeed through hard work and determination. We both were immigrants at a young age struggling to achieve an identity in a new world and find a way to achieve the American dream and success story. During our first year of “acquaintance”, he loaned me his self published book about his life. Once I read it, I found I could identify with Franco on so many levels. From there we became fast friends engaging in many conversations about life and dreams. Some have accused us of having a “bro-mance”. Absolutely, duh !
And humor. Hey “forget aboudit”. The laughing when we got together made my jaws ache by the end of the night. Good natured, quick witted humor back and forth,never stopping until we were separated by our significant others, which happened frequently.
Occasionally things got a little out of hand in a funny sort of way. We all went to a restaurant one evening a few years back, to listen to a brass band. Franco and I were at it, back and forth, laughing loudly over and above the noise of the brass band. Carleton laughing and crying at the same time. In fact, I don’t think Franco and I even heard the band. Got some nasty looks and comments from the restaurant patrons around us and of course, the SOs. We couldn’t believe that people wanted to listen to the band instead of us. If someone would have recorded the band that night, you would have heard guys laughing their “a.. off” (as Franco would say) in the background.
Well, it’s only memories now and he will not be forgotten. The funeral service and memorial were a wonderful tribute to Franco. The family did a great job putting it all together and we were glad to be with everyone to honor his memory. We all lost someone dear to us.
Best wishes to the entire family and our deepest sympathy
Herb (Dottore) and Diana
from Goodyear wrote on September 3, 2020 at 11:30 AM:
I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to express the amount of Love and gratitude I have for Franco. He’s brought so much happiness into our life’s but nobody more than my mother. Her whole life she’s always said she wanted a dance partner. When she met Franco she got it all! And when I say ALL I mean everything. A best friend, a dancer, a lover, a caretaker, a storyteller, a jokester, a beautiful writer, and he’d tell you....
a pro at everything and anything, and in his own words he did it all for at least 10 years. It made us all laugh because we knew it was coming.
I’ve never met a man so much like my mom.
They’d both walk into a room and their smiles and presences would just light it up. When he was around you knew there would always be a good time. His wonderful attitude was so infectious and if yours wasn’t he could always convince you otherwise. He was a true salesman through and through.
My mom and him had a incredible 4 years full love, laughter and fun. I’m so thankful for that. They were like teenagers all over again and it was wonderful to watch. He has left a whole in her heart that will forever be there. Time does heal but this ones going to be really tough for her.
I’m also grateful for his family. They have gone out of their way to make my mom feel so loved and special. They have accepted our whole family like their own. Franco was always so happy when he’d see ALL of us together having so much fun at different gatherings. The smile on his face said it all.
Another memory that I will never forget is how he would describe a great meal. When he was finished he’d say “ that was truly orgasmic” and it would always make me laugh out loud. I’ve never met a man who loved food so much that he’d call it “orgasmic”. That was definitely another
Franco-ism that will be miss.
His family meant more to him than everything in the world. Especially his children, grandchildren & daughter in law. He loved to tell you about ALL of their amazing accomplishments and there’s a ton of them and continue to grow. They will forever keep the Antonetti name going. He was one of the proudest Dad/Pops/Papa’s I knew.
Franco was a Force to be reckoned with and larger than life. There will be no other man like him. He will always be in our hearts and truly be missed.
Franco Buddy Antonetti
from Phoenix AZ wrote on September 2, 2020 at 1:29 PM:
My Memories are never ending . I am so blessed to have had a father as high speed and intense as my father was. No Middle ground , Do ...or do not do. All in or all out. He loved this country more than any words could try and describe. He was proud to represent his Italian Name and always told our family not to tarnish our name. 100% was all you could give and hated when he would hear 110%. You are allowed to fail as long as you can learn from it. When you get ahead reach back and encourage all you can to press forward too. Loyalty is proven and respect is earned . Love in English is a weak word because you can love me and love french fries too. So to my father " ti amo cosi tanto"
for those than can join us at the events Friday we will share more stories and Francoisiums . Thank you all for sharing my fathers life I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have.
Humbly and Gratefully
from Sun City Grand wrote on September 2, 2020 at 8:50 AM:
What an absolutely wonderful person. It was my pleasure to know him.
from Surprise wrote on September 2, 2020 at 7:24 AM:
Life with FRANCO
Never in my dreams did I think I would find love again this late in life. Ours was a true love story like you only read about.
We met at a local Italian restaurant called DOMINICS. After reading his book “I wouldn’t die” I fell in love with his values and humor. FRANCO had a presence about him that is bigger than life. There wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t make me laugh with his crazy antics.
Shortly after we met we started traveling together and it was the best time in our 4 year relationship.
FRANCO loved to cook, travel and party so we did our share of all of it. If you became a friend of Franco’s you probably got a nickname. He was famous for that especially if he was fond of you. He always made me feel so loved and special.
FRANCO was passionate about so many things but on the top of the list was how proud he was of his ITALIAN heritage and of becoming a naturalized American citizen.
What was impressive to me was his acts of kindness. He was very generous with his
time, if you needed any kind of help with a construction project, he was there for you or even if you just needed some pruning done, he was there for you.
Family was very important and he was so proud of Amilya and Buddy as well as his grandkids. One of the best parts of our relationship was that I got a whole new family too. How special is that.
When we learned of his cancer on August 2019 our world crumbled but he was determined to fight hard and beat it.
He fought long and hard for just a little over a year.
But God had another plan for him.
My heart is broken and I am going to miss him. Life is hard to understand sometimes but I always say God will not give me more than I can handle. But loosing my Franco is going to be a really big challenge.
RIP my love
from New York wrote on September 1, 2020 at 4:50 PM:
July 17th 1944 - August 27th 2020
Thank you for stopping by, we are so glad you are here! This site was designed to be a place to celebrate the life…... and the people……. in
Franco Antonetti’s life.
Please post, share your memories, tell the stories and let us know how you knew our father. Most importantly, connect with the vast amount of people, from around the world, who know him and love him.
He may not have been for everyone, unique is an understatement. But for those of us who knew him, he was bigger than life - Unforgettable - and he is missed beyond words.
Please check back!!!
We have so many updates and posts coming your way.
Stay tuned for…….
Zoom link for Friday services.
Nonprofit Link to the organizations we are actively involved with.
Your support in these organizations will amplify our fathers energy and our belief in doing good and serving others. Let my fathers memory become a catalyst for the world to become a better place for all.
Videos & Pictures of our father and those he loved so much.
Highlights from Friday services and luncheon
Our father's passing in not an end, it's a transference of his light unto you. Let us honor his life by reaching out to connect with each other, sharing positively and the healing energy we all need. Let's show up better and stronger - TOGETHER!
With love and gratitude,
Amilya “His Loving Daughter”