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In Loving Memory of
Dr. Francesco Giacobbe

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of our esteemed founder, Dr. Francesco Giacobbe, on March 26th, 2024. A visionary, a devoted family man, and a beacon of hope to many, Dr. Giacobbe’s journey on this earth came to a peaceful close surrounded by his cherished family. Born in Sicily, Italy, in 1933, Francesco, affectionately known to us as Dr. Frank. He, embarked on a remarkable journey that saw him move from the storied streets of his birthplace to Syracuse, New York, following in the footsteps of his parents, before finally making his home in Buffalo.

In 2010, alongside his late, beloved wife, Renata Scognamiglio Giacobbe, Dr. Giacobbe founded Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo driven by a shared vision of creating an accessible, welcoming space where inclusivity knew no bounds. Their dream was fueled by Francesco’s unwavering faith, the deep-rooted love for his family, and a lifetime of dedication to his work.

Francesco’s legacy is one of unparalleled commitment to his calling. As a pediatrician for over five decades, his gentle touch and compassionate care left an indelible mark on countless lives. A member of the esteemed Baccelli Medical Club, his professional journey was characterized by an unending pursuit of excellence and a profound desire to serve.

Dr. Giacobbe’s life was rich with the joy of exploration, frequently traveling to Sicily and the Adriatic coast’s serene town of Pescara. Yet, no matter how far his journeys took him, his heart remained firmly anchored to his roots—his family, his community, and his faith.

An avid and expert mushroom hunter, Francesco found solace and delight in the embrace of nature, a passion that he lovingly shared with his children and grandchildren. His love for his extended family knew no bounds, and he was a cherished figure, known for his generous spirit, infectious laughter, and the profound wisdom he imparted effortlessly.

As we mourn the loss of Dr. Francesco Giacobbe, we also celebrate a life beautifully lived—a life that was a testament to the power of faith, the importance of family, and the impact of serving others with dedication and love. His legacy will continue to inspire Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo as we uphold the values and vision that he and Renata so passionately nurtured.

In keeping with Francesco’s giving spirit, the family suggests that contributions in his memory be made to Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo, supporting the continuation of the work that was so dear to his heart.

 We invite you to join us in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Giacobbe. The wake will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd at Perna, Dengler, and Roberts Funeral Home 1671 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221 from 4pm – 8 pm. Mass will be held Thursday April 4th, at 9:30am at St. Margarets Church 1395 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo NY 14216.

Dr. Francesco Giacobbe’s remarkable journey may have reached its earthly conclusion, but his spirit, love, and the lessons he shared will forever remain with us. Rest in peace, Dr. Giacobbe.. Your memory will continue to guide and inspire us all.


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Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo

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Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo (CCI) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote Italian culture & language in the Western New York area. The Center which opened in October of 2021, now serves as a place where Italians, Italian-Americans, and individuals with an interest in Italian culture may meet and interact.
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Our collaboration with Oxford Pennant

After the popular reception at this years’ Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival, we are now taking pre-orders for our Gabagool Pennant. A fundraiser to benefit Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo.

CCI wins Buffalo Spree's award for Best Cultural Programming

The CCI is honored to have been recognized by Buffalo Spree for Best Cultural Programming. For over ten years, the CCI has been sharing and promoting education, history, and inspiring current and future generations within the Buffalo community. CCI Buffalo’s mission is to preserve and promote Italian culture, heritage and language through educational opportunities and community engagement in the Western New York region.