Frank J. Fanovich (January 11, 1923 - August 27, 2011)

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Frank J. Fanovich
  • January 11, 1923
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  • August 27, 2011

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank J. Fanovich, Jr. 88 on August 27, 2011 with his family by his side.  A gathering of friends will be held from 2-4 and 6-8PM, Wednesday at the Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place, 1 N. Causeway New Smyrna Beach.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, September 1, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with entombment to follow at Sea Pines Memorial Gardens.   Frank was born on January 11, 1923 in Bronx, NY to Frank and Mary Fanovich.  He is survived by his devoted wife, Yolanda “Gloria” of 65 years; brother, Ralph Fanovich; sister, Anne Flannery, loving nieces, nephews and many great nieces and great nephews.  Frank was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John and Thomas Fanovich.  Frank proudly served his country for three years, in the Army Air Force in the ETO during WW II and was stationed in England.  Upon completion of his military service Frank returned home and married his childhood sweetheart, Yolanda on February 2, 1946.  Frank had a passion for baseball which began while playing sandlot baseball as a youth.  Frank’s professional baseball career began when he was discovered by a former major league baseball player who recognized his potential which brought him to the New York Giants who then signed him as a free agent in 1946.  Frank was 27 when he broke into the major leagues on April 25, 1946 pitching for the Cincinnati Reds.  “Lefty”, as he was also known, also played for the Philadelphia A’s and the Baltimore Orioles.  After baseball Frank had a 27 year career with the NYPD where he became one of the “Big Apple’s” finest as a member of the Manhattan North Narcotics Division.  Upon Frank and Yolanda’s retirement they  relocated to New Smyrna Beach.  Frank loved good food, old movies, golfing and the New York Yankees.  He had an overwhelming compassion for animals, having adopted many strays.  The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the excellent care and compassion shown to Frank and his family by the team at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Hospice, 4140 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Edgewater, FL 32141. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 4140 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Edgewater, FL 32141. 9:30AM, Thursday, September 1, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach, FL 2-4 and 6-8 PM, Wednesday at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place, 1 N. Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL Entombment will be held on Thursday at Sea Pines Memorial Gardens, Edgewater, FL following Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church

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  1. Rocco Galasso says:
    08 Aug 2016
    It is coming up on the 5th Anniversary, August 27th, of Frank's passing. I still think of him often and miss his friendship. He was a loyal friend with a great sense of humor. I met him when I was in my early twenties in the NYPD Narcotics Division and always looked up to him and respected his opinions. He was a well rounded person with great "life experience". "STILL MISSING YOU MY FRIEND, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN! Rocco

  2. PAF says:
    17 Sep 2011
    Dear Family, I would like to express my sincere condolences at the loss of your dear loved one. Please be assured that your tears are not unnoticed by the Creator of Life. Although your deep pain will not easily disappear, praying to God will bring comfort to you as you grieve. The Bible tells us that God is "healing the broken-hearted ones and is binding up their painful spot (Psalm 147:3). May the "Father of tender mercies" and the "God of all comfort" strengthen your faith and give you courage to face the days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3). My sincere condolences to the family.

  3. John & Paula Flannery says:
    01 Sep 2011
    Sorry we could not be there with you on this sad occasion. He will be dearly missed!!! Our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Johnny, Paula, Meghan and Claire

  4. Frank&Cheryl Purcell says:
    31 Aug 2011
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. All I can say is- "What a man!" May the Lord`s hand be upon you in this time of grief and loss. Love, Cheryl and Frank

  5. Cindy & Rich Kautter says:
    28 Aug 2011
    Dear Gloria, We are deeply saddened by your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Love, Cindy and Rich

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