Frank W. Dakai 91, formerly of Wolcott and Watertown CT, passed away in Dallas, TX on April 7, 2013 at the home of his daughter. He was born September 23, 1921 in Framingham, MA and was one of ten children born to the late Louis and Rose (Weber) Dakai. He was the devoted husband of the late Mary (Angeleri) Dakai. Frank graduated from Ashland High School and worked at Telecron until he enlisted in the Navy. He served 3 years in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces and spent 3 years overseas in Europe and North Africa during WWII. After the war, he married Mary and they spent 58 years together. Frank attended Boston College and was later a graduate of General Electric Business Training. He also graduated from Bentley College with a degree in accounting. He was employed as budget analyst with General Electric for eight years and as budget analyst at Timex in Middlebury, CT from 1960 until his retirement in 1982. Frank enjoyed golfing, travelling and spending time with family. He was past commander of the American Legion post in Ashland MA, financial secretary and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the VFW. A gifted athlete, he enjoyed sports and played on the Timex softball league well into his 50s. He was loving, generous and always ready to joke and laugh. He will be greatly missed by those he left behind. Frank is survived by three children: Frank Dakai, Jr. and wife Kyong of MD, Cheryl McDonald and husband Thomas of CT, and Paula Houseknecht of TX. He leaves seven grandchildren: Brian Simmons of TX, Ben Simmons and wife Chantae of TX, John and Jeffery McDonald of CT, Christopher McDonald of CA, David and Diana Dakai of MD and one great grandchild who was the joy of his life, Alexandra Simmons of TX. He is predeceased by his parents and siblings Louis, Alexander, Charles, John, Rosemarie, Dorothy, Elizabeth, Mary and Ethel. There are no calling hours. Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
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Published by The Ashland Tab from Apr. 25 to May 2, 2013.