It was a bittersweet moment last week when I read of Frank Genochio’s passing. Frank was a prince of a man and provided a great example of how to lead an honorable life. A World War II veteran and member of the greatest generation, he never boasted about his successes but quietly helped others in achieving their potential through his encouragement and sage advice.
As a soldier in the early days of Silicon Valley, Genochio led Catel, which, in the 1970s was one of the top manufacturers of cable television headend equipment. Under his stewardship, Catel pioneered new technologies and services, including the use of Frequency Modulation for transmitting video signals.
As important as work and the people he worked with were to him, Frank’s family and his faith were the center of his life. I remember his daily walks to fight a heart condition and I can’t help but think that a big part of his motivation for his exercise regimen was to remain healthy for his family.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife Pat. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 PM on December 27th at the St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery in San Andreas.
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