Frank John Marcocci Jr., 79, passed away Friday, September 4, 2020 at his home in Downingtown surrounded by family. He was the son of the late Frank J. Marcocci Sr. and Rose (nee Massimini) and loving husband of fifty-five years to Carol Anne Marcocci (nee McIntosh).
Frank was born on May 28,1941 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Downingtown Joint High School in 1959 where he served as Class President and stayed close to and reconnected with many classmates through reunions and luncheons. He entered the University of Pittsburgh on a full academic scholarship to study Metallurgical Engineering and to play Division I baseball. Soon after, he received his Congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy which he attended from 1960-1962. A shoulder injury led to an honorable discharge from West Point and he returned to the University of Pittsburgh where he received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering in 1964 and met Carol, the love of his life, whom he married that same year. Frank also received an M.B.A from the University of Delaware and worked as a Metallurgical Engineer for 45 years at Lukens Steel (later Arcelor Mittal). He wrote books and manuals on welding and on the fabrication and processing of plate steel. Until recently, Frank shared his technological expertise as a consultant to Consolidated Steel of Cedar Bluff, Virginia.
Frank was an active member of his community. He was a member of the Downingtown Lions Club, the Downingtown American Legion Post 475 and served on the Downingtown Board of Education for sixteen years, including a term as President.
Frank doted on his six grandchildren. He drove countless miles to watch hockey games and spent many hours cheering at water polo matches, swim meets, and baseball and basketball games. He was the first to offer words of encouragement and believed wholeheartedly in each one of his grandchildren. He loved spending time with them, answering questions,telling stories, making them laugh with his hilarious jokes, and sharing his favorite candies.
Frank had a collection of good friends from every phase of his life. They loved him for his kindness, his thoughtfulness, and his ability to listen. He maintained many long distance friendships and picked up with old friends as though no time had passed. Both friends and family called him when they needed someone to talk to and wanted to share news happy or sad. Frank was a caring and dutiful son and a husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather who brought out the best in everyone.
Frank loved good food and was happiest at a feast of crabs and beer with family and friends. He was a good cook and always willing to share recipes for his signature dishes. Frank was a fan of country music and loved to garden and take care of his yard and home of forty-eight years. He will be missed beyond measure.
In addition to his wife, Carol, Frank is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Colona (Mark) and Carla Ojha (R. Shekhar) as well as his adoring grandchildren Gabe, Addy and Mia Colona and Sidd, Lakshmi, and Leela Ojha. He is also survived by his mother Rose and his siblings Stephen and Carmen Marcocci. Frank is preceded in death by his father, Frank J. Marcocci, Sr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 11:00AM at Saint Joseph’s Church 332 Manor Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335 with visitation prior from 9:45AM to 10:45AM. He will be interred at All Souls Cemetery in West Brandywine. All guests must wear a face mask as well as maintain social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Coatesville VA Medical Center, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Road, Coatesville, PA 19320.
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