Fred A. Marconi, 92, of 2904 N.W. 61st Ave., Margate, Fla., formerly of Kane, passed away Monday (May 7, 2012) at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif.
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Born Jan. 6, 1920, in Cuba, N.Y., he was a son of the late Enrico "Henry" and Anita Inamorita Marconi. On Sept. 18, 1941, in St. Callistus Roman Catholic Church, he married Hazel B. Woods Marconi, who survives.
He was a 1938 graduate of James City High School. On Oct. 20, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 29, 1943.
He worked his entire life in the hardwood lumber business. After his Army service, he built the first dry kiln in Kane while working for Holgate Toys as a drying specialist.
He moved his family to Buffalo, N.Y., in 1952 and worked for Sikes Furniture Co. as a hardwood lumber purchaser and dry kiln operator. He moved to Holland, N.Y., in 1964 and served as president of Kreetan Co., which was later sold to Hammermill Paper Co., where he remained and managed all of their lumber yards and exported lumber all over the world. In his retirement he worked as a consultant.
He was a member of St. Callistus Church in Kane and Mary Help of Christians in Parkland, Fla. He was a member of the American Hardwood Association, Penn York Lumbermans Club, the Kiwanis Club in Holland and president of the Margate Homeowner's Association.
Surviving, in addition to his wife Hazel of 70 years, are three daughters, Cynthia L. (Lynn) Fettrow of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Judith A. Castle of Orlando, Fla., and Debra J. (Domenic) Malara of Coral Springs, Fla.; two sons, Dr. Ronald (Judy) Marconi of Visalia, Calif., and Fred (Chris) Marconi Jr. of Morrisville, N.Y.; one brother, James (Rose) Marconi of Kane; one sister-in-law, Betty Marconi of Kane; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, John Marconi.
Family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street, and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the gathering area at St. Callistus Roman Catholic Church in Kane, followed by a con-celebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with the Rev. Theodore Marconi, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Erie, and the Rev. Philip Pinczewski, pastor of St. Callistus Church, as celebrants. Entombment and committal services and military honors will follow in St. Callistus Mausoleum in Kane.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Callistus Church; the Mary Help of Christians in Parkland, Fla.; or a
Published in The Bradford Era from May 8 to May 15, 2012