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J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors

523 S Main St, Grapevine, TX

OBITUARY

Frank J Lucchesi

April 24, 1926June 8, 2019
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Frank Joseph Lucchesi lost his battle against Dementia/Alzheimer’s at his home in Colleyville, TX, on June 8th surrounded by his beloved family. He was predeceased by his parents, Florence and Nicholas and siblings, John and Bill. Frank is survived by his wife, Catherine Menotti, his three children, Cathy Fran Waslaski (Jim), Bryan and Karen and a granddaughter, Alex Masson. Frank and Cathy were married in 1954 and recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. Frank moved from San Francisco, to Arlington TX in 1976 and settled in Colleyville in 1995. He was in professional baseball for 35 years, managing the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs. Prior to managing, he was the third base coach for Billy Martin and he was an advance scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and a special assignment scout for the Cleveland Indians. Frank spent 19 years in the minor league as a manger winning several pennants and where he was voted “Man of the Year” five times. He was the youngest manager the New York Yankees Organization had hired at the age of 23. In the early 70’s, the owner of the Phillies sent him on a good will trip to Cuba to help open the doors for Cuban athletes to come to the US. Frank was named “Man of the Year” by the Fort Star Telegram 1991-1992. The Williamsport Grays named him as “Manager of the Century” in 2002. In 2014, The Arkansas Travelers named him “Manager of the Century”. Frank was kind, loving and compassionate and had a passion for bringing smiles to sick or needy children. He made a point to sign every card that was sent to him for an autograph, until his illness prevented that. Frank was a gifted speaker and was requested for years to deliver his witty, colorful and inspiring baseball stories.

Viewing Services: J.E. Foust and Son in Grapevine, Tuesday June 11, 6-8pm.

Funeral Mass at Good Shepherd in Colleyville on Wednesday at 2pm.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Angela Walker

October 11, 2019

Rest in peace Mr.Lucchesi. I know you're daughter Karen. She a awesome women!

JoAnn DiBartolomeo Miller

September 17, 2019

Hello Lucchesi Family very sorry for your loss. I would like to contact someone from the Family. Frank and Cathy lived in my Families apartment when he was manager of the Williamsport Grays. I have some pictures of Frank, Cathy and Frannie and would love to send them. Please email me and let me know if this is possible

Darlena Fulton

August 1, 2019

I am saddened to have just heard of his passing. Such a strong, wonderful, gracious man. I feel honored to have known him along with his family over the years. Mr. Lucchesi, Cathy & Bryan will have a special place in my heart forever. May you watch over everyone & rest easy.

~~Darlena

Richard McHugh

June 22, 2019

Frank was a devote family man . He always had a baseball job. Anyone would have gladly traded places with him. Prayers for his family are there any prayer cards or a program from his service? - Richard McHugh 12 Hillcrest Dr, Salisbury Mills,NY 12577-5017

Anthony & Xeita Nagy

June 12, 2019

Cathy & Family,

Our condolences at the loss of your husband and companion of many years and the father and friend of the children. We regret we were away and unable to attend Frank’s services.

Kathy Snider

June 11, 2019

Send lots of hugs to all of you. Frank was such a wonderful man, I loved his stories. I know he will be missed tremendously. Cherish all those wonderful times you were able to share with him and you will always hold him close in your heart. XOXOXO Love, Kathy, Jimmy, Joey Snider

Nancy Veit

June 11, 2019

Karen & I would always raid his car for certs. He always had his certs breath mints in his car. I know he didn’t like us eating them but he never said an unkind word about it. 💕

Nancy Veit

June 11, 2019

He let me call him “Uncle Frank”. Every Christmas I would tell Uncle Frank I was going to leave my Christmas stocking at his house because Santa always left a $100 bill in it. I always made sure I forgot because he would have left one for me. He was such a kind and loving father. ❤️

J. Dwight Tom

June 10, 2019

Frank will be missed. He was one of the kindest men I ever met. I worked at the Colleyville Post Office for several years and Frank always took the time to ask if us guys at the counter remembered the answer to the ⚾️ trivia question he asked us during his previous PO visit. I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family.

Diane Greer

June 10, 2019

I feel very blessed to have met this sweet and kind family. Mr. Lucchesi was a gracious and loving man. What a incredible full life he has lived with so many memories. He loved his family and they loved him so ❤. Sending prayers and love to all his family in these days ahead. May God be with you all.

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