Augustine (Gus) Friscia came into this world on February 2, 1905. His parents, Francesco and Rosalia (nee’ Cicura) Friscia, were Italian-born immigrants who had only recently arrived on American soil and settled in Florida. He was born in the City of Tampa. This was also the place where he would grow up and remain a part of for the rest of his life.
As a young man, Gus married a local Cuban woman by the name of Visitation Rodriquez. For many years, the couple lived in a small ranch-style home at 2302 Ridgewood Avenue in Tampa.