Vernon Tristan Frankwich passed away on Aug. 11, 2011 at Shell Point Hospice in Fort Myers. He was 83 years old.
Vern, as he was known on the islands, was born March 23, 1928 in Baltimore, Md., where he grew up. He attended Polytech High School in Baltimore and went on get his Bachelor of Science at Johns Hopkins University. While at Johns Hopkins he played on the Lacrosse team and was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Vern served in the United States Navy during WWII on the U.S.S. Orion in the Panama Canal zone.
In 1953, Vern married Elizabeth Anne Ormond of Akron, Ohio, and together they went on to have two children. For more than 35 years, Vern owned and operated an HVAC company called Frankwich Trane Sales and Service, Inc., located in Milford, Ct. The family lived nearby in Woodbridge, Ct. for more than 30 years.
Vern and his wife, Libby, moved to Sanibel in 1996. Once on the island, Vern continued as a tennis player, a lifetime member of the Sanibel Island Fishing Club, a member of the Power Boat Squadron and served on the City of Sanibel's Wildlife Committee. Vern and his good friend "Indy" Gopal Pati worked together on designing the PVC tubes found at the fish pier for safely disposing of fish scraps and old bait. He and Libby were world travelers, spanning the globe from Africa to South America and all places in between. Vern loved, lived and enjoyed life with a passion and he will be missed by all of his many friends and family.
Vernon Frankwich is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Anne, his daughter Amy Frankwich Jackson (Stephen) of Gardnerville, Nev., and his son, Douglas M. Frankwich of Chicago, Ill. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Nicklas (Rachael) Frankwich, (U.S. Navy) and Thomas Jackson and one great-grandson, Aiden Frankwich.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made in his honor to CROW Animal Hospital (www.crowclinic.org). A memorial service is planned for late October on Sanibel.