Frank Visconti Memorial Reef
Frank Louis Visconti passed away peacefully on July 16, 2021.
He was born in Fremont, Ohio on June 21, 1939 to Dr. Francis A. and Louise Visconti. He spent his childhood in Fremont, where his parents were the town doctor and nurse. Their office was in the family home, where he was a frequent patient himself; perhaps most notably when he proved that he was no match for the neighbors' cars driving through the alley behind their house. He attended St. Ann’s Catholic School in Fremont, Ohio, St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Delaware, and later graduated from Ohio University. He married Mary Visconti (Hoeflinger) in 1964, and moved his family to Tallahassee, FL on a leap of faith to start the Wendy’s Hamburgers franchise in 1974.
After many successful years with Wendy’s, he went on to build a commercial real estate empire, was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission, and was the Mayor of Tallahassee in 1988. Frank never met a stranger, was always looking for the best deal, and loved spending time at the bagel shop or the bar with his many buddies. He loved fast cars, boats, buying and selling, and he cherished Sunday dinners with his family. He gave generously to his family, friends, colleagues, and often to strangers in need. He was quick witted, outspoken, loved to laugh, played hard, and enjoyed life. This reef consist of two 8' Florida Limestone Artficial Reefs deployed on 2 May 2022, verified by MBARA. Surveyed by divers Bob and Carol Cox on 30 May 2022.