Francis X Foy
December 13, 1928 – May 17, 2020
Francis (Frank) Xavier Foy, 91, passed through life on Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Lansing, Michigan. He was born to John and Ellen (O’Callaghan) Foy on December 13, 1928, in New York City. Nicknamed Chick by his sisters, he was the youngest of eight. He attended Our Lady of Solace Elementary School and graduated from Power Memorial High School in Manhattan. He played football at school and was an avid football fan and lifelong sports enthusiast. Following high school, Frank entered seminary in Pennsylvania but decided on a different vocation. Instead he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948 serving as a battle radio operator first with the U.S. Navy in the Mediterranean, then in Korea, and finally as a instructor of radio operations in Hawaii. He was a proud Marine veteran, greatly respecting all military, but especially Marines. He frequently reminisced about his duties and his fellow troops and enjoyed the camaraderie of his service.
After leaving the military Frank became a police officer for the City of New York, and then worked in private security as a personnel supervisor and sales representative for Mandell Security Company, Inc. He had two daughters, Donna and Cathleen, by a previous marriage, and acquired two more, Elizabeth (Liz) and Suzanne, after marrying Virginia (Ginny) Ampagoomian Marceny on December 26, 1971, and they settled in Yonkers, NY.
After retirement, Frank was quickly recruited by Father Gallagher, to provide security for St. Paul’s parish school. The children and teachers treasured him.
Retiring finally in 2001, Frank and Virginia moved to their vacation home at Lake Naomi in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. He made many lasting friendships there, was active at the community recreation and fitness centers, bowling team, pinochle group, and social gatherings, and participated in the local senior citizens club. He worshipped at Our Lady of the Lake in Pocono Pines. In 2015, Frank and Ginny relocated to Mason, Michigan, to be closer to family.
Frank was a devout Catholic and attended Mass regularly, and frequently attended church services with Ginny at her church as well. He always looked forward to social coffee hours afterwards. He enjoyed meeting people everywhere and traveled widely with Ginny, most recently on a western Caribbean cruise this past February. He was very outgoing and seemed to turn the most casual of gatherings into a party filled with laughter and joy.
Frank loved music of all sorts, from opera to pop to jazz to country-western, and enjoyed ballroom dancing, with new friends during the most recent cruise and with all his granddaughters at a wedding last September. Frank adored his granddaughters and took great pride in his family. Above all, Frank will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a loyal and devoted brother and friend, and a generous soul who cheered everyone he met.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Sr. Clementine Marie SC, Eileen, Mother Rita Foy, Sisters of the Cenacle; brothers Thomas, John, Donald, and James; daughter Donna Kelly; and granddaughter Sarah Caltrider.
He is survived by his loving wife Virginia; daughters Cathleen (Paul) Pickholtz, Elizabeth (Michael) Franzago, and Suzanne (Bruce) Caltrider; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. James Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s honor to the church, at 1010 S. Lansing St., Mason, Michigan. .
St. James Catholic Church
1010 S. Lansing Street, Mason, Michigan 48854
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Francis X Foy
May 28, 2020
My Uncle Chicky was a wonderful man. He always had a smile and a kind word whenever I saw him or spoke with him. When my father died, my Uncle was a source of comfort and love. He was always interested in what was going on in my life and I loved visiting him in Yonkers and then in the Poconos. I missed seeing him when he moved to Michigan, but I knew that both my uncle and Ginny, needed to be closer to their children and grandchildren. My heart is sad that I will not be able to hear his voice and his laughter, but I know his spirit will always be with me. He is at peace with his birth family. Love you Uncle Chicky.
May 23, 2020
Virginia, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. When Mr. Foy left Saint Paul the Apostle School he left behind part of his heart. Our school was not the same without him. We missed his laughter, his smile and the devotion he had to his work. The teachers, staff and students adored him. I was just thinking about him recently because he would usually call school to check in on us. I loved hearing about all the family news, how he kept busy and what he was doing to stir the people up whether it be at the gym or at the senior get together. I would laugh when he called people younger then him “the old folks”. Mr Foy was a great guy and I am fortunate to have known him. As soon as this pandemic is over we will celebrate him at our First Friday Mass that all the students attend. On behalf of Saint Paul’s School and Parish please accept our prayers and deepest sympathy. Grace Mallardi/ principal at Saint Paul’s School
May 21, 2020
Where do I start? I have been so blessed to have met Frank ("the cute one", this is what he wanted me to put in my contacts when I asked for his phone number). Frank blessed me with his presence almost every Friday morning for his weekly workout. With his arrival was always a great big smile, his gorgeous blue eyes and topped off with a big hug and kiss. He just lit up our studio, he made everyone laugh with his endless stories and jokes and we are all forever grateful to have known him.
To me he was more than a "client" he was a dear friend but more importantly he was family. He was like a grandfather that I never had. My heart is broken, I miss our phone calls, our visits, his infectious smile.
I am truly grateful to have been a part of his life, I only wish we had more time. He can never be replaced or forgotten. He will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you Frank!