Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home

2853 Sunset Point RD, Clearwater, FL



February 21, 1930May 19, 2020

Frank L. Stritar of Oldsmar, FL passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Frank was born on February 21, 1930 in Waukegan, IL to Frank and Christine (Jereb) Stritar. He attended Waukegan High School and after graduating, he enrolled at Northern Illinois University. However, the Korean War interrupted Frank’s education. He served as an infantry platoon sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and Fort Bragg in North Carolina. When his enlistment was over, Frank returned to NIU and earned his undergraduate degree and later, his master’s degree in education.

Frank returned to Waukegan to begin his career as an educator. He was a classroom teacher, a physical education teacher and a basketball coach for 5 ½ years before becoming a principal. Frank was an educator in Waukegan for 32 years.

Frank retired from teaching in 1985 and moved to Safety Harbor, FL, then later to Oldsmar, FL. He enjoyed reading, playing golf and do-it-yourself projects. Frank was a proud member of the American Legion Post 275 and the SNPJ.

Frank was preceded in death by his father Frank and his mother Christine. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances (Cabina), his children, Michael (Jennifer) and Susan, his grandchildren Caitlin (Will) Harris and Ashley (Zack) Giles and three great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation

    Monday, May 25, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 25, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, May 25, 2020



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k kc

May 27, 2020

He was my principal at Webster Jr High in the early 80's and I remember him as a wonderful man. All the students liked him, he seemed fair, and cared about the students and school.

Dave Mackie

May 25, 2020

I was in his first, 5th grade class at North School and it was my first year of public schools. I have nothing but great memories of that year.
Mainly because of his influence, I became a teacher and principal myself. In fact many of us from that class became teachers and Mr Stritar became a central topic of conversation at our hs reunions.
His influence on us all was enormous. I am eternally grateful for his guidance, teaching excellence, patience, and kindness.
Many classmates and I are planning to meet in the near future to plant a very tall tree in front of North School to celebrate his memory.
My deepest condolences to the family for your loss, Thank you for sharing him with me.
Dave Mackie
North School ‘59 and ‘60...for 6 hours a day, Monday-Friday, September-June; some of the best years of my life!

Debi & Dominic DeSantis

May 25, 2020

Mike, Jen, Mrs Stritar and family. Dominic and I are so sad to hear of Frank's passing. Your dad was not only a huge presence in body, but his heart as well. We remember him as a very kind, caring man. We are very glad we were able to see him last year at Ashley' wedding. We actually had the honor of spending a Thanksgiving dinner with him and your mom about 25 years ago because they knew we were going to be alone. We were thankful to know him. Our deepest condolences are with you all today. Love Debi and Dominic.

Marilyn Bosin

May 24, 2020

Mr. Stritar was North School. Always a positive figure throughout the school, he was a giant in his field. Everyone who entered the building knew who he was, gladly accepting the sprinkles of his shining light, and it was bright! I have nothing but fond memories. Thank you Mr. Stritar.
Rest In Peace.

Ken Ray

May 22, 2020

I was deeply saddened to read of Frank's passing in the News-Sun. I taught under Frank's tenure as principal of North School in Waukegan, IL. Frank created a caring atmosphere for students and staff; it was magical. It was early in my career, and I foolishly thought that all schools were like North. Frank had a genius for taking 100 of my more crazy ideas, 98 of which wouldn't work, but the two that did achieve the objective were the only ones I heard about from Frank. He mentored several of us in our early 20's and many became great teachers. For this we will always be grateful. For those lucky few of us, "Thank you, Frank Stitar. Rest in peace".

Ken Ray

Linda Dice

May 21, 2020

Sue, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Please accept my sincere condolences. I hope your fond memories will help you through this difficult time.


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