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GERMAIN, Frank J. Jr.
GERMAIN - Frank Joseph Jr. Passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016 in sunny Southern California, where he had the good fortune to winter for 25 years. At 82, Frank could still be found putting on the West Coast, shucking clams on the East Coast, and savoring a good bowl of pasta in Buffalo. Born December 19, 1933 in Depew, NY to the late Cornelia "Tot" Germain and Frank Joseph Germain Sr., Frank graduated from Lancaster High School in 1952 and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from RIT in 1957. He joined the Bendix Corporation in Elmira, NY working in sales engineering in the automotive industry until 1969, when he was relocated to Michigan as Director of Marketing. Frank raised three children in Grosse Pointe Woods with his late wife, Sandy Wade, balancing a successful career with coaching little league and golf swings, softball games, cheering for the Tigers, and helping those less fortunate. Frank's infectious personality and positive spirit touched the lives of everyone he met. "He was a great man," echoed from golf courses in San Diego to beaches on Nantucket, from family in Buffalo and old friends in Michigan. His patience, generosity and good-natured humor resonated in all that he did, from his infamous linguine and clam sauce to quiet moments spent with grandchildren. On and off the golf course, his drives were deliberate, his strokes competitive. Frank rarely missed a birthday, loved to host a crowd, and cherished all things Italian. Borrowing wisdom from his owl collection and the Dalai Lama himself, Frank valued family, education, experiencing other cultures and above all, harmony. Frank leaves a legacy of love to his children, Marylisa (Germain) Nichols and husband Tom, Marci (Germain) Teah and husband John, Mark Germain and his wife Peggy and six grandchildren, Jack, William, Emily, Olivia, Haley and Philip. Frank is survived by his sisters Nancy (Germain) Sweeney and husband John of Williamsville, Shirley (Germain) Connors of Lancaster, niece Cheryl Esquilin and grandnephew, Trey Esquilin, of Depew. He also leaves behind Martha Jean Germain, her daughter Elizabeth Reader and grandchildren, Violet and Christian. We will all miss Frank's kind heart and warm blue eyes. But his spirit lives on. Services to celebrate the life of Frank Joseph Germain will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Depew, NY on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Following the memorial service, a luncheon will be held for family and friends at Ripa's Restaurant, 4218 Walden Ave in Lancaster. The family wishes to thank Frank's brilliant team of doctors at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, especially Dr. Irene Ghobrial and Dr. Rodney Falk. Donations may be made in Frank's memory to the Cardiac Amyloidosis Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 or brighamandwomens.org