Frank Sabella

Obituary
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  • "My Condolances to all who loved him. I am sure he will be..."
    - Blanche Williams
  • "Maggie and Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Many..."
    - Diana Rego
  • "We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of..."
    - Dawn Cheshire
  • "Frankie, you are in our thoughts and prayers during your..."
    - Auto Body Express #1
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    - Neil & Karen Gillette
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SABELLA, Frank, passed into heaven Sunday, September, 9, 2007. He is survived by his beloved Maggie; son, Frank Jr; and loving daughter-in-law, Laura; son, Gilbert; and step-daughters, Jennifer Solar, Janet Calzon and husband, Martin, and Jessica Perez. He was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, Gabriel, Jonathan, Nina, Amanda, Danielle, and Jason. He also leaves behind brother and friend, Dennis Sabella; and a loving extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. A graduate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Academy in Tampa, Frank was an accomplished allaround athlete, excelling particularly in football and basketball. His athletic accomplishments were noted dozens of times in the papers culminating in his being chosen to the Tampa All-City football team as a halfback in 1952. It was during his involvement with sports and in later life in his golf games that he made some of his most lasting friendships. He leaves behind the last member of his golf foursome, Armando Castillo, friend and comrade through the years. He was also a business owner, successfully operating companies involved with the distribution of automotive paint products. Here, too, he made enduring acquaintances that quickly became lasting friendships. He was the cook we all loved to kiss, and he will reign forever as the "Black Bean King" in our hearts. Angels will taste heaven when he begins to cook for them. His most successful endeavor was the effortless way he navigated life, making friends wherever he went with his quick wit and attention to the tiny, humorous things around us. Few people can boast of lifelong relationships formed in a tight-knit community, and yet that was his crowning gem. Frank is a man who will be sorely, sorely missed as "Dad," "Mi Vida," and "Abuelo Pow." Our hearts are so heavy as we must now share him with the angels, but the marvelous stories we have of his journey through life will carry us through. Until we meet again, Frank. Our thanks go to Dr. Seenu Sanka, Louise, Rhonda, Dr. Lee, Dr. Mahesh Patel, Hope, Lanette, Lou and the staff at University Community Hospital, Carrollwood Intensive Care Unit, who were valiant in their efforts to save our Frank. A memorial service will be conducted 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, at Gonzalez Funeral Home, with a service begining at 7 p.m. Gonzalez Funeral Home 7209 N. Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33614 (813) 931-1833

Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2007