Frank J. Weckesser, 83, of Rochester, died Friday, January 8, 2021 at Mass. General Hospital in Boston after a long illness. He was the husband of Carol A. (Godsoe) Weckesser.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Francis and Elizabeth (Curran) Weckesser.
Frank or “Grumpy,” as most called him was far from the endearing name bestowed on one of his grandchildren. As the patriarch of his large family, he gave generously, supported endlessly and cared immensely for those that stood by his side. He was a stoic man, who endured many physically traumatic challenges that most would have cowered down to. Frank served his country in United States Air Force, and after serving several years he was discharged as a Korean War veteran, a title which he wore with pride. Once back on U.S soil he swapped out his military uniform, while he served his city for many years as a Boston Police Officer. After retirement he found his next passion, the fishing industry. He built his sea fearing legacy on the Fairhaven / New Bedford waterfront and beyond. His name and work ethic will carry on as a legend of his time there. Many knew him as a quiet, smart, and driven businessman that built an empire, not for himself, but to continuously provide for and help others be their best selves. He has selflessly touched more lives than one could ever recall.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; his children, Tracy Eldridge, and her husband Jeff, and Donna Almeida, and her husband Bucky, both of Rochester, Paul Weckesser, and his wife Leslie of Acushnet, Daniel Durant and his wife Lisa of Dunbarton, NH, Steven Durant and his wife Rachel of Woonsocket, RI, and Janet Pace and her husband Michael of New Port Richey, FL; his siblings, Ann Peterson of Melrose, Robert Weckesser of Walpole, John Weckesser of MS, Stephen Weckesser and Elizabeth Campbell both of TX; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, the late Peter Weckesser.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham from 4 – 6 PM. (Appropriate COVID-19 protocol will be observed including the use of face masks, social distancing and wait times in line due to temporary limited capacity.) Funeral service and interment in Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 or on-line at: www.giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/donate