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Frank Andrew Ziccarelli

October 12, 1961March 5, 2018
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Frank Andrew Ziccarelli, age 56, of Longview, Texas passed away on Monday March 5, 2018. Frank was born October 12, 1961 in Augusta, Georgia to Bobbie Lee Powell Ziccarelli and Benjamin Ziccarelli.

Frank is survived by his wife, Sheila Ziccarelli; son Brendan Ziccarelli; son Ben Ziccarelli; son Brad Perry; daughter Connie Ziccarelli; and daughter Tiffany Perry; father Benjamin Ziccarelli; brother Danny Ziccarelli and sister Suzie Ziccarelli. Frank was preceded in death by; mother Bobbie Lee Powell Ziccarelli; brother Michael Ziccarelli.

Frank graduated from Georgia Tech in September of 1986. After graduation, Frank went to work for McKinney Mechanical in Atlanta, Georgia. He then went to work for TD Industries in Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity at Georgia Tech. Frank was also an avid cyclist and enjoyed riding as often as he could.

A memorial service for Frank will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Lakeview Funeral Home, 5000 W Harrison Road, Longview, Texas 75604.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.lakeviewfh.com for the Ziccarelli family.

  • FAMILY

  • Benjamin Ziccarelli, Father
  • Bobbie Lee Powell Ziccarelli, Mother
  • Sheila Ziccarelli, Wife
  • Danny Ziccarelli, Brother
  • Michael Ziccarelli, Brother
  • Suzie Ziccarelli, Sister
  • Brendan Ziccarelli, Son
  • Ben Ziccarelli, Son
  • Brad Perry, Son
  • Connie Ziccarelli, Daughter
  • Tiffany Perry, Daughter
  • Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and other loving family members

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Frank Andrew Ziccarelli

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Dorothee Kinney

March 21, 2018

I worked with Ben at Gorham Bronze in Aiken, SC back in the mid 1980's (my last name then was Bryant) - it's been a very long time since I've seen him or Bobbie and sad that I lost touch over the years. I never had the privilege to meet all of Ben and Bobbie's kids during those years but always had the highest regards for Ben and the work he did at Gorham. I am saddened to see the loss of Frank Andrew and send my most heart felt condolences to the family at such a difficult time. You are all in my prayers. - Much love Dorothee E. Kinney - Manchester, NH

Debbie Westbrook

March 15, 2018

Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of his care! What an honor to get to know both of you and all the animals, lol! He always had a smile on his face and I could tell how much you loved each other!!! If you ever need someone to talk to or just sit in silence with you have my number! Tell the family I send my love and prayers!!

Debbie Westbrook

Richard Reno

March 12, 2018

Frank worked for John Williams and me at Texas International Airlines as part of a Georgia Tech intern program in 1982-3. The Frank I knew was a young man in college.
Frank was an asset, easy to work with and brought joy and light into the work place. It was clear that Frank was and would be a man of integrity and character.
My deepest sympathy and prayers to his family. May God Bless.

Mark Kinsey

March 11, 2018

Frank(a.k.a. Zic) and I were classmates at NASH class of '79. We had several classes together my Junior&Senior years. The things that will stay with me the most about Zic was his whit and humor. He was always a loyal friend and confidant.
He travelled with my family and I(including extended family i.e. uncle, aunt, and cousins). We had gone to Panama City right after Graduation in '79. We had a Great time that week. One experience that comes to mind was while there, after a storm the night before, he and I spotted a dingy floating off shore. Frank and I swam out and towed said dingy back shore and up to beach house our family had rented. The neighbor was a Mrs. Cravitize type(for those that aren't familiar with Bewitched Citcom) nosey. The Authorities had stopped by asking the two of us about the dingy. Turns out it had broken loose from an oil tanker headed into the port there in the storm. Anyway, we had all gone to dinner and on the way back the older group of us teenagers Frank and I included decided to be let out at the Strip and walk down the beach back. Frank and My Dad had coaxed up an idea that our parents had taken us to jail(talking a little extra loud upon their return to beach house). Come to find out the neighbor had called the authorities about our escapades of the afternoon. We All had a big laugh. Especially, when we got back to beach house when we were told that the authorities had shown up again and my Dad and Uncle laid it on real thick while we were walking.
I hated that Frank and I had really lost touch after Graduation. I would really miss his genuine whit, humor, and care of others. I can see through these other shared memories that he never lost these characteristics. I am proud to have called him a friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family members. He'll be missed.

Denise (Huffman) Thompson James

March 10, 2018

The end of your Earthly journey has had a profound affect on our little OLP class. Spending nine years together as a close knit extension as a new social family produced a bond that would last throughout our lives. The span of our life times filled with different vocational experiences; distances of living and travels; and years with no contact has never dulled that connection of souls joined at such an early tender age. I woke up with 'Everybody Loves Somebody' by Dean Martin playing in my head. It reminded me of the time during our K5 year when you and Scott (Creswell) came home with me to play for the afternoon. You two boys pretended to fight for me; both claiming me as your girlfriend. Even though I wore coke bottle eyeglasses, left eye turned all the way into the right side of my face, and could barely see past my nose from congenital cataracts; you treated me like I was the greatest person in the world instead of Ugly Four Eyes that I became accustomed to over the years. This sweet act of love in the innocence of our childhoods lit a spark in my soul that would fuel an ember of the goodness and love that life had to offer in spite of its challenges. I will always love you and Scottie for your act of love and kindness! Our little class will always be connected. One day when all of our journeys are completed, we will see each other again. Life is good! Denise Huffman OLP '75

John Shackleton

March 10, 2018

Zic has left such a legacy of loving, joy, selflessness, accomplishment and friendship--he will be forever missed by all whose lives he touched. I doubt I will ever meet another like him. His life was all about serving others without the expectation of anything in return. Frank worked for me at McKenney's, Inc. in accounting while he was a co-op student at Georgia Tech. Since computers were still in their infancy, Zic was so essential in our success to the point that he would postpone going back to school when he saw the need to work an extra quarter to help us out. But there was so much more to Frank. He loved humorous mimicking of Mont Python, dressing up for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, anonymously hiding little dinosaur figurines all over the company still found years later, being the most creative in his Halloween costume (bubble gum on the bottom of a shoe), sharing his Goldschlager and Jagermeister on company trips, and fast-paced banter on most any subject with his incredibly quick, humorous mind. When Mckenney's converted to a new computer system, he sometimes worked 48 hours straight with only brief naps because he knew he was so needed for its success. Zic was admired by all that he met; he managed to accomplish in his life what would take most people several lifetime to achieve. Frank was such a family man too striving to be the best husband, father, son, etc. that he could be. I was so heartened that Frank was about meet his real soulmate in Sheila however late in life that it was. When I think that Frank has left us and all that he has left us, it is hard not to tear up. God has so blessed all of us for having known him.

Marsha Buck

March 10, 2018

Frank, ‘Zic’ as he was known to all at McKenney’s, was definitely one of a kind and one in a million. I met him in 1992 when I became employed by McKenney’s. We immediately hit it off and became best of friends. His sense of humor and the fact that he was a genius intrigued me. Anyone that knew him, knew that his work ethic was head’s above most anyone else you know. I was a bean counter in accounting and he managed our ERP system. This gave us the perfect opportunity to work together designing and creating more efficient means of getting the job done. We worked closely with one another so I had the full benefit of his funny and sometimes warped sense of humor. He always made company functions fun with his innovative ideas. One of his favorite functions to participate in, was the ‘White Elephant’ gift giving. If there were a prize for most original presentation he would have won.

This guy had an impact on the lives he touched. He was a teacher, friend, giver, and fighter. He would fight for what he felt was right, give to anyone who needed anything, if it were in his power, a listener and a teacher to whomever wanted to learn. He had a huge impact on my life and I would not be who I am today without having known him. I feel so blessed.

Sheila, I am so glad you came into his life. You are one special lady. It was so obvious, the two of you were soulmates and so deserving of one another. My hope is that you and the rest of his family will find peace in the memories.

Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Melanie Sassano

March 10, 2018

I think what stands out to me when I think of him is not a memory but instead my favorite traits about him. Two of my favorites were how he made people feel, and the other was how he made people laugh. Frank had respect for everyone, and treated their ideas and feelings with care and compassion. I loved the way he looked at people. His expression was always sincere, kind, and mischievous. His jokes were so clever, and his many practical jokes were always genius. He wanted to make people laugh, and he alway did. Anyone who knew he was a person of integrity. He would quickly defend anyone or anything if it was the right thing to do. He was a mentor to me, and had a huge positive impact on my professional confidence (and I know I'm not the only one). He was also a friend, and I enjoyed all the laughter. I know there is nothing I can say or do that can help ease your feeling of loss. Know you have been, and will continue to be in my thoughts.

Lisa Griese

March 10, 2018

Dear Francis,
I am so very grateful and blessed that you came to work for Telgian. While it can’t be disputed that you were a relief to many of us during that time for business reasons, you were a relief for many other reasons. You were a mentor to many besides myself. You found ways to bridge departments and people together. Building teams for a greater cause than just the day to day tasks.

You took the time to listen. You took the time to care. You took the time to participate and help when and wherever needed.

We built a little coffee shop in your office and you always welcomed anyone to come join you to discuss issues, business related or not. Always opening your heart.

In the rare times you actually did get the frustration of a situation, I would say “simmer down Francis!” ... You would smile and say...”you know that is not my given name.” Lol “Yes, I know. It is a saying. Just so happens, your name is Frank.” That conversation happened enough, that I finally resorted to just calling you Francis.

I am so very grateful for the friendship, mentorship and guidance you have given. Not just to me, for all the people we know together and all of the people I have read about on FB.

And GOD BLESS Sheila for all of her posts and considerations she has given. She is an absolute incredible lady. I am very grateful for her allowing us to continue to be included in your life and hers throughout this journey. Very graceful and tactful all the way.

My way of keeping in touch was our Words game. However, in the many years we have played, I have only won three games. The last was because you stopped playing.

I will always have you in my thoughts and heart. You are a most wonderful person. We should all be like you.

Always and Forever My Friend,
Lisa

Mickie McCord

March 9, 2018

I first met Zic in 1986 when I went to work at McKenney,s Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. Zic had graduated from GA Tech and had moved up from a lowly Co-op to a bonafied full time employee. So he got to move out of the Co-op bullpen to his first office. It was literally a broom closet. There was barely room between the walls for a desk and chair so he had to take the arms off his office chair to sit down. You never saw a happier person. He got a huge kick out of that. I bet we all told him to go back to his closet at least a million times. Zic was well known for his wicked sense of humor, which you either “got” or you didn’t. If you got it, you became a lifelong friend. He also had the most hilarious Halloween costumes. Seems like he was always dressing up as a woman, like a pregnant nun, or a ballerina, or a nurse, for example. Through the years, he became a great friend to so many. McKenney’s annual teambuilding to trip to Florida was something we all looked forward to. Zic always made that trip so fun - he was such a hilarious person. He also pulled a few stunts that made him famous over the years and for which he will always be remembered, like sausage cake, for example. After so many years, I hated when he left McKenney’s for a better opportunity. Several of his former McKenney’s colleagues, including myself, got to see him and Sheila last year and I was thrilled to see him, but brokenhearted knowing it was likely to be the last time. He was so matter-of-fact about his situation, so normal about it. We all did our best to stay positive for his sake. So I smiled, I didn’t bawl my eyes out until after I said goodbye. Zic, all of the McKenney’s family will miss you, your kindness, your wit, your intelligence and work ethic, and most of all what a wonderful person you are. Rest In Peace, friend, and know that you did it right. Just don’t forget your documentation!!

Biography

      Frank Andrew Ziccarelli was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Frank will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       He was the son of Benjamin and Bobbie Ziccarelli. Frank grew up in North Augusta, South Carolina.

      Frank was raised with 3 siblings. He had two older brothers, Danny Ziccarelli and Michael Ziccarelli and one sister, Suzie Ziccarelli. Frank was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      A typical teenager, Frank had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      Frank enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Frank was able to manage the balancing act. He earned his Engineering Degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Frank was a co-op student and worked his way thru college. He was also a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those he knew, Frank enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. While growing up, some of his best friend was Scott Creswell.

      On March 16, 2013 Frank exchanged wedding vows with Sheila Renee Perry in New Orleans. Empathic and loyal, Frank was committed to making his new family happy.

      Frank worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Frank was blessed with 5, 3 sons - Brendan Weathers, Benjamin Ziccarelli, and Brad Perry and 2 daughters- Concetta Ziccarelli and Tiffany Perry.

      Fortunately, Frank enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Frank worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was Information Technology. He was employed for McKinny Mechanical in Atlanta, Georgia for 24 years, and for TDI in Dallas, Texas for the past 7 years. Frank also served on the National Board of Microsoft. Frank always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Frank enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were Cycling. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Frank found pleasure in sports. Frank was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list was football he liked the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys.

      Throughout his life, Frank was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In college, Frank joined the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Georgia Tech.

      Frank’s faith was important to him. Frank joined and served as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in Atlanta, and was Baptised Catholic and attended Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta,.

      Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Frank was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included serving of the National Board Microsoft (software).

      Frank enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included traviling to San Cili Italy to visit Fathers and Grandfathers ancestry home.

      Frank was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Rosa a Pugland. They were best friends for three years. His family was rounded out by his cats Janet and Saqmi(aka Sami) and dogs Tony and Gracie all of which were rescues.

      Simply stated, Frank was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Frank leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Frank Andrew Ziccarelli.