Frank T. Drake
July 23, 1939 – January 3, 2020
Frank Terzake Drake, age 80, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020.
He was born in Athens, Greece on July 23, 1939, to Nicholas and Emily Terzake Drake in the midst of WWII. In 1943, when Greece experienced civil war, Frank, his brother Chris, and their Mom, Emily escaped to the hills. That is where Frank contracted polio. Nicholas, Frank and Chris’s Father, was serving in the US Army and was able to bring the family to the US. They traveled on the USS Gripsholm and arrived in NYC on Feb 25, 1946. The family immediately moved to Chicago, IL, where Frank grew up. Coming to America allowed Frank to get help to walk again at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (for patients with polio) in Minnesota soon after they arrived in the US.
Frank’s experiences led him to desire a life of helping others who are in medical need. After college at Northwestern, he applied for medical school. Frank wanted to go to the University of Illinois and was finally allowed an interview for acceptance. During the interview, they challenged his ability to get to classes on multiple levels of their buildings on time. Frank told them that no matter what he would be going to medical school and serving his patients as a physician. He hoped it would be at the University of IL, but that if not, it would be at another medical school. Frank was accepted to the University of Illinois medical school and graduated in 1965.
In 1974, Frank and Helene, with their son and daughter, Eddie and Jeanne, moved to Sarasota, FL. He practiced as a non-invasive cardiologist with his own practice at Sarasota Memorial Hospital until 1994 when he retired after beating colon cancer. He was an extremely compassionate physician who loved his patients. He and Helene remained friends with many of them after his retirement.
During his retirement, Frank continued to enjoy his hobbies of tending to his roses and orchids. He loved the water and would take care of the pool at the house. It reminded him of earlier days in Sarasota when he would take the family and friends out on his boat for fun and fishing (another huge love of Frank’s).
Frank was very proud of his Greek heritage and always enjoyed Greek music and the occasional Ouzo (Greek liqueur)!
Frank is survived by his wife Helene Katz Drake, his son Edward Drake, daughter Jeanne Drake Ward, and grandson Ethan Drake Ward as well as his brother, Chris Drake and his sister-in-law, Sue Drake.
A visitation and life story for Frank will be held Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232. An entombment will occur at Palms Memorial Park at the convenience of the family.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmsmemorial.com for the Drake family.
- Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
Frank T. Drake
January 12, 2020
Frank was such a great physician. He always showed respect to the nursing staff. He respected their opinions. This is in a day that doctors were very difficult. He knew the importance of nurses input on his patients. He was a great doctor to my mother also. Always with humor. I will miss him and his Facebook antidotes. To all of the Drake family my sincere sympathy in your loss.
January 11, 2020
My 1st job interview after nursing school was with Dr Drake. I told him it wasn't the job for me, but I had friends that would be good for the job. He told me "try it, if you don't like it, don't stay" I did and I loved the job and I loved him and his family. He was the kindest man I've ever met. I was a single mother and once my son had a terrible case of chicken pox. Dr Drake not only made an appointment for him with a Pediatrician but paid for the appointment & the medicine for my son, Justin, and my daughter !! I remember when he got sick, he was truly thrilled when I sent him letters with updates on his patients.....(THEY LOVED HIM ) and he , them...!!! Let me repeat that... THEY LOVED HIM !!!!!! And so did I. Rest in Peace sweet man !! We have lost a true gentleman...
January 9, 2020
WE have been friends for 65 years, were should I begin,first of all I would go with FRANK on Saturdays and bring CHRIS supplies, food, cloths, kidding called care packages. week ends we we would play cards. one time FRANKS dad DR. DRAKE had us BILL, NORM FRANK AND I paint the newly install wood panel in the basement rec room with some special paint, the fumes from the paint made us all high. we would go to ball games,teen dances,we would all meet at allegrates restaurant by the way that is were I met my beautiful wife. I could go on and on but t would just bore you with our teenage escapades. FRANK I hope to meet up with you again. R I P.my friend.