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Franklin Lewis Lurie

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Franklin "Frankie" Lewis Lurie peacefully passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016. He died as he lived, with grace, generosity, and courage, surrounded by love. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents Leo and Gertrude Lurie, and he grew up in a large and closely-knit extended family. Frankie attended Von Steuben High School and the University of Illinois, proudly serving in the U.S. Navy in between. Frankie met the love of his life, Rita, in 1957, and the two were married after a brief courtship. It was love at first sight. Their marriage grew and deepened for 58 years, and over its course they had three children and seven grandchildren. Frankie's exuberant kindness, warmth and sense of humor, and his love of family, friends and great food, are reflected in each of his descendants. Frankie was a businessman throughout his career. He spent years as a successful salesman, and he later co-owned a security systems business with his beloved brother, the late Bernard "Buddy" Lurie. But ultimately Frankie loved most, not status or career, his or anyone else's, but the people in his life, from all walks of life. Frankie loved the waitresses in his favorite restaurants, the pharmacist at his local drugstore, so many people whose paths he crossed day to day--his co-workers, his friends, his grandchildren, his children, and first and foremost, his wife. He created the life he wanted, and he relished every healthy day of it. Frankie is survived by his wife, Rita, his children, Leslie, Gwyn and David, their spouses, Clifford, Lesley, and Leila, and his grandchildren, Christopher, Zoe, Gabriel, Mikaela, Elijah, Sydney and Noa. A funeral service will be held today (Wednesday, March 2, 2016) at 12:30 p.m. in the Tanach Chapel at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 2, 2016
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