On December 6, 2012, Frank Lee Cato III, passed away while napping in his favorite chair. His passing was peaceful. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Frank was born September 14, 1933 at Touro Infirmary to Doctors Frank and Corrine Cato. He was educated at Newman and St. Marks Academy in Massachusetts before finishing his education at Tulane University. Frank served his country as a stateside soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. Frank married Beverly Demorelle Cato, the love of his life, in 1966. Their first son, Rusty, was born in 1967, followed by a second, Randy in 1969. After careers in the shipping and automotive fields, Frank opened a Cottman Transmission in 1988. It was at this time that Frank blossomed as a businessman. Many will remember him as Frank in the local Cottman Transmission commercials-the guy who never actually said anything. He was portrayed as a quiet guy in the commercials, but in real life he loved to talk. He enjoyed long conversations with friends and family. Besides visiting and long conversations, Frank's interests included a love of animals, fishing, football, and cheering for the New Orleans Saints and Tulane sports. He is preceded in death by his wife, Beverly. He is survived by his sons Rusty and Randy; their wives Wendy Baudoin Cato and Kristie Edwards Cato, and his granddaughter, Megan Cato. The family would like to thank his wonderful neighbors who allowed Frank to keep his independence and others who knew, loved, and helped Frank throughout his lifetime. Visitation will be held at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home on Canal Street Tuesday December 11th, from 5-9 P.M. and Wednesday, December 12th, from 9-11 A.M. Mass will be at 11 A.M., with burial following at Hope Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schoencanalstreet.com
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Published in The Advocate from December 8 to December 12, 2012