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Francisco J. Grau

April 12, 1950November 14, 2020
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Francisco J. Grau, 70, of Margate, Florida passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Margate, Florida.

A visitation for Francisco will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. A funeral service followed by a committal service will occur Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM, 200 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. Francisco J. Grau was born April 12, 1950 in Havana, Cuba to Francisco and Otilia Grau. He came to the U.S. in 1960. He attended Pompano Beach High School where he met his beloved wife of 50 years, Etta. Francisco and Etta were married February 12, 1972 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Francisco (Frank) served more than 40 years as a member of Team U-Haul in Florida, mostly in leadership positions. For the past three decades, he was Marketing Company President and Area District Vice President. Frank was awarded the U-Haul Dean Ross Profit Award for making the greatest improvement to their profits. “Frank was a person who became what he thought about” noted U-Haul CEO Joe Shoen.

Frank is preceded in death by his father and mother Francisco Grau and Otilia Grau and his aunt Avelina Grau. Frank is survived by his wife Etta, his four daughters and their husbands: Anna and John Rojas; Carolina and Michael Zeltner; Avelina and Miguel Romay; Elena and Eric Eacker. His grandchildren: Hailey, Hunter, and Holden Zeltner; Alejandro, Andres, and Adrian Romay; Everett and Madeline Eacker; John II, Vanesa, and Xavier Rojas. Flowers can be sent to Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33064.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to University Hospital ICU unit and staff as well as Northwest Medical Center COVID ICU unit and staff.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020

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  • Committal Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020

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Kim Merow

November 28, 2020

Frank was larger than life but at the same time made everyone feel like they just fit in. I had been an MCP for about 3 years when I really got to know Frank at a team building event. After talking Frank encouraged me to keep pushing and to know I could do the job. It was the boost of confidence I needed and I have never forgotten his advice or his support. For over 16 years I have known and worked with Frank and I will always remember his laughter and support.
My condolences and support for his family.

bruce zaragoza

November 28, 2020

In my 30 plus year career with U-Haul Frank became not only my leader and mentor but I like to think my friend as well. Between the teaching and coaching lessons he always made time to talk about his family and ask me about mine, what I would give to watch his price is right video with him one more time. Not only did Mr. Grau teach me to become a better team member, he inspired me to become a better man. I will miss you boss.... ELVIS

Jake Divine

November 28, 2020

I only knew Frank briefly (I met him in 2018 at U-Haul) but he left a lasting impression.

He had an incredible ability to forcefully advocate for his team, and it was always immediately clear that he cared deeply for those under him.

When he spoke to you, even in a group, he made you feel like you were the only person in the room and you had his full attention.

We are poorer without him, and he will be sorely missed.

Hillarey Vullo

November 25, 2020

Sending love & prayers to your family.

Jeanne Mabry

November 22, 2020

I cannot express the feelings that I felt when Chuckie let me know about Frank's passing. Shattered, stunned, devastated. Oh, how I loved Frank and his precious fam. Any time I was heading to Miami, he made sure I was taken care of. He taught me so much and never made me feel "dumb". I remember spending a lot of time with him during that unreal Hurricane Andrew. He drove our crew around and stayed with us.

Rest easy my friend, your work here is done. I hope you get to meet my mom and chat with her too. (please say nice things only :) )

Thanks for TRYING to teach this southern girl how to speak Spanish! We had a hoot with that one!

To the Grau family, I wish you peace now and in the days to come.

Love to all

Jeanne

JT Taylor

November 20, 2020

I will miss Frank so very much. He lived life with such tremendous energy, positivity and enthusiasm. I learned a great deal from working with Frank over the many years we were able to. Frank became an instant friend to everyone he came in contact with. He was a leader who cared, had humility and was concerned for the welfare of his team. I always admired the passion and love he had for his family. He was a person who made a difference in life and work, in everything he touched.

Paul Smedberg

November 20, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Grau family on their loss. I also was a Marketing Company President for U-Haul Company and saw Frank every year at our MCP Sales Convention in Phoenix for over 25 years. Frank and I shared barracks space at Marana Air Base in Tucson, Az back in the 90’s when the convention was held there. This was the “Fire Walking” convention. It was an honor to have known and worked with such a good man. May God bless and keep his loved ones.

Harry Sookraj

November 19, 2020

My condolences to the Grau Family, friends, and the Uhaul team. He was not only my boss but a person I looked up to. He gave me an opportunity to manage the Five Points Uhaul even though I was new to the team. I will always do my best to make him proud and take all his lessons with me. One of the most important things he has taught me is a man’s measure of success is how happy he is. You will always be missed and your legacy will forever live on in all of us!

John Gaebe

November 19, 2020

Frank Grau - Truly the nicest human being I ever met. Genuine, honest as the day is long and demonstarted caring for others every day of his life. Made the world a better place. Made me a better person just by having been blessed to have shared time with him. And I have to say, damn handsome - a Cuban Omar Sharif. Never stopped talking about his bride and his beautiful girls. UHaul was so lucky to have him. Their BEST and most dedicated. He literally walked on hot coals for them. He bled orange. And they loved him. A long time ago I was a young lawyer hired by UHaul. He was the "Corporate Rep." Never lost a trial with him sitting beside me. I was "lucky by association." After one very long trial we went to the local cerveza establishment to celebrate an unexpected but hard fought win. We sat down and Frank gets a tap on the shoulder. He turns around and sees the foreman of the jury who says the he and the rest of the jury - all sitting near by - want to buy us a drink. That does not happen unless you are sitting with Frank Grau. Never had a better ally and friend and never will. When I think of him I will see that unmatchable smile, there may a tear on my cheek but I will be smiling. Loved that man.

Olga Savaglio

November 19, 2020

I’ve known Frank many many years and the time that I’ve known him he’s always been kind understanding and made me feel important he was a funny kind man, he always went out of his way to help someone else , he was a devoted husband and a great father . You will always be in my heart may you rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the family my prayers and thoughts are with you.

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