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Frank Andrew Pocica passed away on May 23, 2012. He was 95. Frank was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 9, 1917 to his parents Nellie and George who had emigrated from Poland. Frank was married to Elsie Pocica who predeceased him in 1996. Frank entered into duty with the United States Army in 1945 serving in the Pacific and Japan. Frank attained the rank Tec Sergeant before being discharged in 1946. Frank was a tool and die maker by trade. He worked at Jefferson Electric in Bellwood, Illinois before moving his family to Orange City, Florida in 1959. Frank was a 33 degree Mason where he attained the title of High Priest. He was also a member of The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, also known as the Shriners. There he was a member of The Beau Geste Brigade Drum and Bugle Corp playing the trumpet. He retired as a Journeyman tool and die maker at Sherwood Medical in DeLand. Frank also enjoyed his post retirement job at Publix in Orange City as a bag boy. During his time in Orange City Frank was active as a Boy Scout leader for his two sons, spending many weeks every year camping in Central Florida. Frank was instrumental in starting the Springs Lakes Volunteer Fire Department becoming the first Fire Chief of the Department. Frank and his late wife Elsie enjoyed dancing and being with family and friends. Frank will be remembered for being a happy and loving man who enjoyed life and making others happy. He is survived by his sister June Bluemke; his two sons Frank L Pocica and his wife Pam, Robert S. Pocica and his wife Annette; two grandsons Robert F Pocica, his wife Rubby; great- grandchildren Audrianna, Jayla and Jacob and Christopher L Pocica; and a grandstepson Scott Ganung, his wife Manida; and great-grandson Scott. There will be a graveside service today (Friday, May 25) at 11:00 am at Deltona Memorial Gardens.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 25, 2012