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H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA

OBITUARY

Frank Michael Fernandez

August 4, 1955June 7, 2020

It is with broken hearts and deepest gratitude for God’s eternal peace that the family of Frank Michael Fernandez announces his passing on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the age of sixty-four years. Frank will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 27 years, Donna; his daughter, Marisa; and his son, Alexander; as well as so many very, dear friends. Frank retired last summer from Verizon after a lifelong career in telecommunications. It is ironic that his profession would be driven by “network” as Frank had an amazing talent for connecting with people and leaves behind a vast treasure of phenomenal friends. Frank was born August 4, 1955 in Newark, New Jersey to Frank & Carmella Fernandez. He lived there until moving to South Florida as a young adult, then the Washington, D.C. metro area, and ultimately, Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Jersey City State College majoring in geography and economics. Beyond being an excellent provider for his family, Frank loved traveling, sporting events, philosophy, taking daily walks, jazz music, and soaking up the sun. He was a self-proclaimed “urban philosopher” and imparted his street wisdom to his wife and children. He will live forever in our hearts and through the abundant precious memories we made with him. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Frank & Carmella Fernandez; sister, Dorothy Fernandez; uncle & aunt, Fabian & Ida Fernandez; and many other extended family members. A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Catholic Church of St. Ann. We welcome all friends and family to join us virtually at www.st-ann.org/watch-live (The event recording will remain available on the church website to view at your convenience. You may also leave a message or a fond memory by visiting www.hmpattersoncantonhill.com.

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Diane and George Cucuzzella

July 3, 2020

Dear Family,
We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Frankie!!We were able to view his beautiful mass an amazing eulogy! We know he had to be smiling and quite proud! Whenever he had the opportunity to visit the bakery , George enjoyed his company very much ! We are extending our deepest sympathy , an you will all remain in our thoughts an prayers !🙏🏻🙏🏻💜💜

Keith Medleau

June 28, 2020

Frank and I met in the late 1980’s, when we both lived in the Washington D.C. area. It was hard not to like, admire, and be friends with him. Frank was gregarious, devoted to family and friends, and had a real zest for life. I will forever be touched by our friendship.

Mark Calonder

June 20, 2020

I met Frank-o when I first went to work at ATC from MCI in 1991. He gave a little presentation about telecom technical details. Afterwards, I walked into his office and told him he did a good job. When he 1st went into the hospital for something related to his condition, I visited him. What does he remember of both occasions? Not him, but thanked me for stopping by. Here's the thing-- he remembered that for years. He always made me feel good when I was around him. He was never shallow, never negative. He was my king of guy- street smart, down-to-earth, real and deep. And when he told me, "Hey man...you're deep!" It was a huge compliment coming from him. We're both 1/2 Italian from big cities, so we'd often talk about our families, our heritage, the importance of being real, being good, being 'old-school'. Frank-o, my man, my gosh...it was just a few weeks ago that had (yet another) hour long talk. Peace to you, my friend. They broke the mold, my friend, they broke the mold with you.

Jen Miller

June 19, 2020

Frank,
Our family shares so many fond memories of our children growing up together and also sharing family time with yours. From the many swim meets, to the visits at EC park, to the dinner parties and of course Donna's 50th. You took care of our kids on spring break and helped us all see the "calmer side". What a courageous person you are to have battled what you did and never complained or hid. You have a very loving family and one that you built. Thanks to Alex sharing your love of the sun. It will now bring even greater delight to all of us. In Peace. The Miller Family.

Jake Jamison

June 19, 2020

I had the honor of meeting Frank at Verizon. He was very outgoing, charismatic, hardworking, and instantly fit in with our team. We developed a strong friendship and I was honored to be considered a part of his network of friends.
What I will miss most is the walks and talks- stories about growing up in Newark, his love of jazz, traveling, and the wisdom he gave to me in life and in business. I respected him not only as a colleague but also as a husband, father, and mentor who always stressed the importance of networking, professionalism, and taking care of family. I will truly miss him and will keep the memories and lessons learned from him close to heart.

David lippey

June 19, 2020

No "Memory" to share. I will see Frank again in the future where we will run again and again toward the sun.
Peace
David

Judith Bowerman

June 18, 2020

Our prayers to Donna and her family. May he rest in peace.
Judy and Wayne (Beve's neighbor)

Lance Carter

June 18, 2020

Frank,

I enjoyed getting to know you while working at Verizon. You were always a gentle spirit and super nice. I loved just talking with you about life and also Telecom.

You are in a better place now buddy. May God be with your family.

Your friend,
Lance Carter

Sheldon Hauben

June 18, 2020

I met Frankie more than 30 years ago - what a blessing! He became the big brother I never had - a philosopher and a wonderful mentor. Through the years, I was amazed at Frankie’s ability to connect with so many people -
his personality and presence were truly unique.
Frankie’s greatest gift was teaching me what matters in this world - profound lessons made simple. Thankfully, he shared this gift with many others.

To Donna, Marisa and Alex, my very deepest condolences. May his memory always be a blessing.

Love always

Tony Cerqueira

June 18, 2020

My memories of Frank, dating back to 1988, will always make me either laugh or smile. There was humor and perspective in all our talks, and that's what Frank brought to the world. His heartfelt and honest discussions, connections and engagement with people. Sometimes I would talk to Frank a few times in a single day, other times we would go without talking for months or even a year. Never mattered, we always picked up right where we left off. I'm very grateful to have been able to see him twice in the past year in person. Rest in peace Frank, thank you for your friendship, your curiosity, your kindness and wit. You will be remembered. Tony, Ninfa & Family

FROM THE FAMILY