- 87 years old
- Date of birth: August 8th, 1928
- Place of birth:
Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
- Date of passing: June 12th, 2016
- Place of passing:
San Jose, California, United States
Here is Frank's complete Obituary (longer than the newspaper copy):
San José, California.
After a short hospital stay, Frank passed away peacefully at home from heart failure. Frank would have been 88 on August 8th.
Frank was born in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada to Albert (Canadian) and Rachel (English) Lewis. After the death of his father when Frank was two, he and his mother returned to
her native England where Frank attended a Catholic boys school. He and his classmates were relocated to Northern England during WWII for safety. At 16 Frank left England, traveling by ship to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (the ship was in black out due to danger of submarines) and then onto New York City, by train, to be with his mother. He attended high school at Power Memorial Academy in
NYC and then completed an airline service mechanic program at Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. Frank became a US citizen in 1949 and entered the US Air Force where he served during the Korean War.
Frank had a long career as an airplane mechanic with Pan American Airlines, working in exotic locations around the globe including Hawaii, New York, Germany, Pakistan, Turkey, Liberia, Uganda, Nigeria, and Iran during the American Embassy take over. After retiring from PanAmerican Airlines, Frank worked at the San José Airport for various cargo airlines until he was 83.
Frank loved his job. He also enjoyed spending time with family, tennis and golf (playing in his younger years and watching later on) and was a steadfast fan of the San Francisco Giants.
Frank is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jeanne, son Timothy (Yolande) Lewis of Mt. Shasta, CA, daughter Emma Seaberry of Ft. Worth, TX, stepson William (Meow Yen) Cameron of San Jose, CA, stepdaughter Mary Ann (Keith) Palchikoff of Fairbanks, AK, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and several nieces.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, several in-laws, and a young grandson.
Frank will be dearly missed.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date TBD.
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