Pennsylvania Burial Company, Inc.

1327-29 South Broad Street 

Peter J. Jacovini - Supervisor

Phone: (215) 334-1717

Baldi Funeral Home

1331 S Broad Street 

Victor L. Baldi III - F.D.

Phone: (215) 389-2414


Frank Scafidi

Frank A. Scafidi

Monday, February 11th, 1924 - Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
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Frank A. Scafidi, born in South Philadelphia on February 11, 1924, died on May 6 2020 at his home in Drexel Hill surrounded by his loving family.

Frank joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1950 and rose rapidly through the police ranks to the highest Civil Service position of Chief Inspector. During his career, Frank commanded the Morals Squad, the Internal Affairs Division, the Intelligence Division and the South Philadelphia Police Division. He retired in 1986 after serving for years as Chief of the Department's Detective Bureau.

Chief Scafidi frequently lectured on a wide range of criminal justice topics at the Police Academy and various local community organizations. He also conducted Criminal Justice seminars for police officials around the country at Northwestern University, Temple University, the University of Miami and the University of Delaware.

In 1941, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and after attending Officer Candidate School, he was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant. He became a Bombardier and flew 30 combat missions, mostly over Italy, in the European Theater during World War II. In 1944 his aircraft was shot down during a combat mission, he was wounded, but parachuted to safety. He was later awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. After the war, Frank continued to serve in the Military Reserve, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Frank was a devoted husband to his beloved wife, Marie, who died in 2010 after a loving marriage of 68 years. Frank was also a dedicated family man whose greatest joy was spending summers at the shore with his family. He is survived by his children, Wilhelmina (Joseph) Scarpone, Nicholas (Kathryn,) MaryAnn Berardo and Christine (Gerald) Colvin, his 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren as well as his brother Joseph and many nieces and nephews. Frank's siblings, Casper, Josephine and Anthony, have all pre-deceased him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Main Line Health Homecare and Hospice, 240 N Radnor Chester Rd, Radnor, PA 19087. Live streaming Services beginning at 9:00am Monday May 11th.

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    Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 12:00pm
    Pennsylvania Burial Company, Inc.
    1327-29 S. Broad Street
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  • Interment

    SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery
    1600 South Sproul Road
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Michael Paquet

Posted at 08:26am
Barbara and I were deeply saddened to learn of Frank’s passing. As close friends of Frank’s son Nick and his wife Kathy, we feel that we have lost a member of our family. For with Frank, if you are a friend of the family, you are a part of his family.

We will always remember Frank fondly as a very special person. While he was a decorated war hero and widely respected leader in the Philadelphia Police Force, he was also a devoted and loving husband, father, and family patriarch. Known for his broad smile and welcoming personality, Frank was a truly gifted storyteller who engaged his listeners with a twinkle of the eye, smooth delivery, and deft sense of humor.

While Frank will be missed by many, his legacy lives on in his extensive loving family, for whom he cared deeply.

Michael and Barbara Paquet

Tom and Kathy Emanuel

Posted at 07:00pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Constance Usewicz

Posted at 12:09pm
I knew an Officer Scafidi who worked in the Bells Corner area in imtbe late 60s and early 70s. I'm not sure if Frank is he. But" i

John Saldutti

Posted at 01:45pm
To the entire Scafidi family, very sorry to read of your loss. The Chief was a highly liked,
Boss, as well as a true gentleman. I for one had great respect for him.
John Saldutti (PPD ret.)

Ed McLaughlin

Posted at 08:52am
With loving memories of "Frank Scafidi". Thank you Frank for a life of exemplary service to WE THE PEOPLE.
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