Frank J. Fuoco

  • Died: August 19, 2021
  • Location: Newtown, Pennsylvania

Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

323 East Washington Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940

Tel. (215) 968-3891

Tribute & Message From The Family

Frank J. Fuoco passed away peacefully at the Birches at Newtown on Thursday, August 19th, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was 97 years old.
Born and raised in Bristol, he was the son of the late Raffaele and Maria (nee Nicoletti) Fuoco. Frank was preceded in death by his cherished wife, Edith R. (Fischer) in 2018 after 50 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his siblings, Thomas, William, Harry, Arthur and Elizabeth Fuoco as well as his daughters, Elizabeth Parsons and Diane Barber, and his grandchildren, Kristen Mortland and Ian Parsons.

After graduating from Bristol H.S. in 1942, Frank attended Drexel University until enlisting in the US Navy in December 1942, during World War II. He earned his wings as a Naval aviator in Pensacola, FL and then served as a Navy pilot aboard the USS Missouri and the USS South Dakota, where he was present when the Peace Treaty was signed with Japan on September 2, 1945, ending WWII. He said that the most proud and profound day of his life was when his Pacific Fleet returned home to the US after the war ended and was greeted by millions of patriotic Americans waving flags and proudly cheering the service members. After his honorable discharge from active duty in December 1945, Frank continued his service as a pilot in the Naval Reserves, earning the rank of Lieutenant JG until his retirement from the Navy in 1961.

After active duty, he earned his bachelor and master degrees from Temple University, followed by a master degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. He then became the first Physical Therapist to open a private practice in Levittown, where he served the community for 35 years until his retirement in 1986.

In his spare time, Frank enjoyed playing golf and watching sports, especially his favorite Philadelphia teams, the Phillies and Eagles.

To celebrate his 97th birthday, attended by many family and friends, Frank was honored by US Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and PA Senator Steve Santarsiero at the Birches and later by PA Representative Perry Warren with Citations and flags, which were flown over the US and PA Capital Buildings, to recognize him for his service in WWII. His emphatic wish to all that day was "NO MORE WARS!"

Frank is survived by his children, Robert Barber (Janice), Lynn Goodwin (Ray), James Barber, and Glenn Fuoco (Michelle), along with 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the many friends and caregivers at the Birches who assisted Frank with their loving support. He was very happy there.

Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Saturday, October 2nd at the Historic Newtown Presbyterian Church, 76 N. Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940 with a calling hour beginning at 11am, followed by his service at 12pm. Interment will immediately follow in the Cremorial Garden behind the church.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My Family and I were Frank's next door neighbors since we moved in in 1990. We couldn't have asked for better neighbors and will always be thankful for that. I will miss my conversations with him and his outlook on life. May he and Edith rest in peace

Posted by Jon DeStefano - Langhorne, PA - Neighbor   September 22, 2021

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