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Francis X. Schwarz

October 30, 1927 ~ November 14, 2018 (age 91)
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Francis Xavier Schwarz, Jr. (Frank) passed away in his home in Delray Beach on 11/14/18 from natural causes associated with heart disease. He was 91 years old.

Frank was born in Paramus, New Jersey and was the middle son born to Francis X. Schwarz, Sr. and Catherine La Francois.

He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Noell and son-in-law Mark; grandchildren – Kelley Ann, Jennifer Lynn, and Eddie Pendergraft (husband Tony), and Nicole Simbuerger (husband Guenter), Valerie Noell and Clayton Noell.  And his precious pet bird, Bubba! He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret of 66 years, who he dearly missed over the last two years,and beloved daughter Margie, who sadly lost her fight with leukemia 16 years ago. 

Frank was a self-made man, leaving home at age 16 to join the Merchant Marines and subsequently the United States Navy.  He served during WWII on the USS Stribling, originating in Guantanamo Bay and Key West, then traveling to many northern European ports.  When he returned to NJ, he proudly served as a member of the Paramus Borough Fire Department.

In 1950 he married his grade school sweetheart, Margaret, and soon after moved his wife and two daughters from NJ to sunny St. Petersburg, FL where he continued his career as a building contractor.  The booming space industry brought them to Merritt Island, FL, finally settling in Boca Raton in the late 1960s.

Frank was a well-regarded general contractor, known for his attention to detail and for building quality homes from the early 1970s through 1990 in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, FL.  He served as a long time member of the Florida Atlantic Builders Association.

As an early retiree, he took to the golf courses and became an avid golfer.  He loved captaining his boats, piloting his planes and reflecting back on his days driving an 18-wheeler. 

He was a man of many talents.  Like his father and brother, he was a gifted musician who could play multiple instruments by ear. That legacy was passed on to his two grandsons and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting contributions to www.broadwayartslab.com/donation a non-profit theatre education program, created by his grandson, that furthers the important education in the arts that Frank so dearly enjoyed and believed in.

Services will be held at Emmanuel Catholic Church, 15700 S Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484 on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11am. He will be laid to rest at Boca Raton Mausoleum with US Navy Funeral Military Honors.  Anchors Aweigh!


Donations may be made to:

Broadway Arts Lab
Tel: 1-718-593-1869
Web: http://www.broadwayartslab.com/donation/


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