Frank J. Coco, 91 of Methuen, MA, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2021, in Naples, FL after a brief illness. Born and raised in Lawrence, MA, he was the son of the late Alfred and Rose Coco.
Initially employed as a laborer, Frank rose to become the Business Manager for the Laborers Local 175, as well as a union steward.
Frank adored his wife of 64 years, Lillian T. (Zylkuski) Coco. She was his soul mate and the two were seldom seen apart. Together they spent over thirty winters enjoying their paradise in Naples FL. They enjoyed taking the scenic route up and down the coasts of New England and Florida, often times stopping for an ice cream or frappe.
Above all else, Frank was a family man who loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a regular at all of his grandkids’ sporting and academic activities and was enormously proud of each and every one of them. He was larger than life to his grandkids and enjoyed sharing stories of the 'old' days growing up in Lawrence.
In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed working in the yard, in which he had a green thumb, and took pride in keeping his home clean and manicured. He spent many hours on the beaches of Naples relaxing with his friends and family discussing everything from sports to politics, with a nap mixed in as well. Frank also enjoyed a good meal, especially Italian, followed by a game of 45s and a lot of laughter. The family cannot express in words how much he will be missed - rest in peace Frank, Dad, Nanu!
Frank was predeceased by his brother, Orazio Coco and his wife Lucille, as well as his sister, Sally (Coco) Samperi and her husband Vito.
In addition to his wife, Lillian, Frank is survived by his children, Cheryl DiBiasio and her husband Richard, Rose Muzerall and her husband Gregory, and Frank Coco and his wife Donna his grandchildren, Matthew, Adam, and Nick Muzerall, Michael, Andrew and Marissa DiBiasio, and Kirsten and Bailey Coco; and his great-grandchildren, Oliver, Theo, Madeline, Grant, Isla, and Graham.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the services, mass, and burial will be private. There will be a celebration of Frank's life to follow in the summertime for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Kidney Foundation.