WEST HARTFORD – Father Andrew F. Giardino, 86, a professed Franciscan friar for 60 years and a priest for 54 years, died on July 30, 2016, at St. Mary Home.
Father Giardino had been the longtime parochial vicar and treasurer of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford.
He was born Joseph Francis Giardino on April 13, 1930, in East Rochester, N.Y., a son of Dominic and Mary (Morabito) Giardino.
After graduating from Geneva High School in 1946, he entered St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., where he studied for six years.
He was received into the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor on July 14, 1955, in Lafayette, N.J., and professed his first vows there the next year. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., in 1958 and studied theology at Holy Name College in Washington, D.C., for four years. He professed final vows on Aug. 18, 1959, and was ordained to the priesthood in Washington on March 17, 1962.
Father Giardino’s first assignment in 1963 was to St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, where he served as assistant treasurer and then treasurer for seven years.
In 1970, he relocated to Providence, R.I., where he was guardian and rector at St. Francis Chapel for an additional seven years. Named coordinator of personnel for the province in 1977, he relocated to St. Francis Friary in New York City, and remained there for two years.
Returning to Boston in 1979, Father Giardino served as guardian and rector of St. Anthony Shrine for three years. In 1982, he relocated to New York City for an additional two years as coordinator of personnel.
Then, in 1985, he became a member of the pastoral team at St. Francis Parish in Wanaque, N.J., where he ministered for five years.
In 1990, Father Giardino was assigned to St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish and Friary in Hartford as parochial vicar and treasurer, and served in that capacity for three years. He returned to St. Francis Chapel, as guardian and rector, in 1993, for two years.
He was then reassigned to St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in 1995, and remained there as parochial vicar and treasurer for 21 years.
Father Giardino had served on the Provincial Council from 1970-76, 1979-82 and 1982-85. He was general visitor to the Immaculate Conception Province in 2000.
He is survived by a sister, Marie Combs, and a brother, Dominic Giardino, both of Geneva, N.Y., and a brother, Anthony Giardino of Seneca Falls, N.Y.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 4 at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church. Burial was the next day at Glenwood Cemetery in Geneva.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Franciscan Friars, Holy Name Province, 144 W. 32nd St., New York, NY 10001-3202.