A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Francis Church, Hoboken, on July 25 for Frank J. Spano, Jr., who served as principal of several Hoboken public schools. He passed away July 20 after a long illness. Born and raised in Hoboken, he has lived in Manchester Township since 2002.He was a member of the class of 1961 of St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, and received his master’s degree in school administration from Seton Hall University in 1966. He served in the Hoboken school system from 1961 through 2000. His career in education started at A.J. Demarest School as a teacher of Business Studies where he later became vice principal. In 1972 he was named principal of Joseph F. Brandt School where he served until 1995, he returned to A.J. Demarest as principal for the 1995-1996 school year, then took over as principal of Hoboken High School from which he retired in 2000.After retirement he served as interim principal in the Englewood Cliffs public school system as well as the Teaneck Public school system. Through all of Mr. Spano’s success in his career in education he also had an illustrious 50 year career as a sports official. Starting as a Little League umpire in 1964 he quickly moved to the high school level and to college baseball in 1967. His 22 year career as a college baseball umpire ended with him being on the diamond for the College World Series. He served as the Rules Interpreter for the College Baseball Umpires Association from 1984-1992. He took up refereeing college football in 1972 spending 20 seasons at the Division 1 level. He also refereed Division III Women’s College Basketball. After retiring from college officiating duties, Mr. Spano worked as a College Scout for the NFL and the Coach/Quarterback Coordinator for the NY Giants as well as the 24 Second Shot Clock Operator for the NJ Nets of the NBA. His love of sports was passed down to his children and grandchildren. The traveling involved in officiating college football became a passion of his.He is survived by his wife Gloria; his three children, Gayle Khoury, Joseph Spano and his wife Kristen, Frank Spano and his wife Christine and their mother Ann; his three stepchildren, Kristen Spano and her husband Joe, Danielle Bernie and her husband Budd, and Gary Hanson and his wife Johna. He leaves behind nine grandchildren: Elizabeth and Bobby Khoury, Sarah and Joseph Spano, Frank Spano, Maxelle and Budd Bernie and Alyvia and Gary Hanson; his sisters Marianne Maarleveld, Judith Scarpone; and brothers Joseph and Steven Spano. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Josephine Spano.After retirement he travelled the world with his wife, Gloria, family and friends and spent much time in Paradise Island, Bahamas.Services arranged by the Failla-McKnight Memorial Home, Hoboken.