PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Francis Patrick Passman Sr. of Punta Gorda, Fla., beloved and devoted husband of Betty, died on Thursday, July 7, 2011, on the 66th anniversary of their wedding.
Born on March 8, 1923, in the Bronx, he was so proud to be a "Bronx Boy" and New Yorker.
He now joins his beloved predeceased children, Mary Frances and Francis Jr.; his parents, Beatrice and Frank; sister Eileen Morris; and beloved sister-in-law, Charlotte Colyer. Left to mourn him are Elizabeth "Betsy" Nicastro, his precious and loving daughter; her husband Charles; nine grandchildren: Frances (Mickey) Garnploog, C.J. (Tammy) Nicastro, Jonathan (Britteny) Nicastro, Joseph (Jennifer) Nicastro, Elizabeth Nicastro, Anthony Nicastro, Francis Anthony Passman, Maryellen (Jonathan) Taraboletti, Patricia (Ehran) Bedestani; and six great-grandchildren: Carter Nicastro, Jillianne Nicastro, Libbey Nicastro, Tyler Hanyon, Jackson Taraboletti and Brandon Bedestani.
Frank was an alumnus of St. Benedict's Elementary School, Columbus High School and St. Francis College, where he maintained a 4.0 grade point average.
For 38 years, as manager of training-freight services for both American and Seaboard World airlines, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. During his 27-year retirement in Florida, his avocations were Sacred Heart Parish Eucharistic Ministry, the choir, the culinary arts and shopping - "Mr. Clutter."
Carrying Jesus in the Eucharist to the homebound and ill was part of this generous and kind man's joy. In addition, he brought his favorite soups to nourish the body, plus a quick wit and warm sense of humor to nourish the soul.
He joined the parish choir at its inception and loved singing praise to his Lord. Working with the Guild of Our Lady, he used his talents in the culinary arts. It was fun. There were no lack of volunteers to help prepare his famous "Meat Loaf Dinners" for their annual Christmas Bazaar. Six hundred meals were served. They worked together on the Lenten Friday night soup group, the Spaghetti Dinner, the Post Convention Dinner of the Venice Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, and also called Bingo when needed, etc., etc.
Frank was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Ponce de Leon Council, and served as a Tuesday night Bingo caller. He also called for the Parish Men's Club on Friday nights. A more kind and generous man never lived. "Rest in peace, dear heart."
The viewing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 9400 Indian Springs Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at Sacred Heart Church, 211 W. Charlotte Ave, Punta Gorda, Florida 33950, 941-639-3957.