Frank Joseph Holub, 92, died Friday, January 25, 2013 at his home for the past nine years, The Fountains in Melbourne, Florida. Frank was born in Brooklyn on April 10, 1920. He spent most of his formative years in Copiague, Long Island, NY. He and his wife of 58 years, Marie DeMarco Holub (deceased) raised their family in Amityville, Long Island, where Frank lived from 1945 to 1995.
He attended Oswego (NY) State College and Hofstra University. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from New York University. He began his teaching career in Copiague in 1947. During this period he founded the Copiague Teachers' Association and became its first president. In 1952 he became principal of one of Copiague's elementary schools and in 1956 he joined the staff of the Massapequa, Long Island, school system as principal of the Fairfield School, where he remained until his retirement in 1977. Frank was very active in the Amityville community, having served on its Board of Trustees and as President of the Kiwanis club.
Frank was extraordinarily friendly and generous. His charisma lit up every room he ever entered. His greeting to every woman (from teenager to centenarian) was "Hi ya babe", and his sincere interest in everyone he came into contact with made him loved by all. He was rich in friendships, many formed in high school and still maintained.
Frank was a devoted husband and father. He was also a superb athlete, having lettered in three sports in high school and one at Oswego State. He was a passionate golfer and an excellent swimmer and tennis player.
Frank was a WWII veteran. As an Army Air Corps First Lieutenant, bombardier, and member of a B-24 crew he miraculously survived a mid-air collision during training before being assigned to a base in Italy, where he flew 26 bombing missions. During one particularly harrowing bombing mission of an oil refinery, his B-24 lost an engine, half the tail assembly, and suffered hundreds of flack hits, but somehow made it back home only to run out of fuel on the runway. Frank received numerous combat medals, including the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters.
Frank is survived by his three children, Donna (Richard) O'Dell, Dr. Richard (Sharon) Holub, and Nancy (Gary) Cummings; six grand- children; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eleanor DeMarco and Elsie Robinson; sister-in-law, Josette Holub; and good friend Beryl Hodgson.
Donations may be made to Vitas Community Connections, 4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Ste. 250, Melbourne, FL 32934, or any
There will be a memorial service for Frank at The Fountains of Melbourne on Saturday, February 23, at 2:00 PM.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 3, 2013