Frank Plezia , my favorite and only brother passed away peacefully Jan. 6 after his struggle with diabetes. Frank was born on March 21, 1948 in Tokyo, Japan where our father served his country. He moved to Fairhaven, Massachusetts, our father’s home town, and graduated from Fairhaven High School in 1965. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1969 from Alliance College, Erie, Pennsylvania.A childhood friend encouraged him to move to Cocoa Beach in 1971.
Frank filled his life participating in sports, coaching sports, cheering on the Boston Red Sox and Celtics, loving his dogs, sailing, and spending time with family and friends. He played little league baseball as a youth, in college, and in the men’s softball leagues in Cocoa Beach. He was captain and MVP of the Alliance college soccer team. “Coach Frank” helped coach little league baseball in Cocoa Beach and the Cocoa Beach Girl’s high school golf team.
He spent many summers sailing on Nantucket Sound and Buzzard’s Bay, anchoring off Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island. He spent several college summers a seaman aboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Research Vessel, Atlantis II, out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He continued his sailing in Cocoa Beach
His first profession was selling auto parts directly to auto dealerships throughout the United States. For many years he worked out of the Cape Royal Building. One of his former co-workers told me Frank was easy going and a pleasure to work with.
However, Frank finally found his professional passion and became a PGA teaching golf professional. His second home became the Cocoa Beach Country Club where he gave lessons, was a starter, ranger, and general handyman. For many summers he was off to Stoweflake Resort, Mt. Stowe, Vermont to operate the Natural Asset Golf Program. He extended this program to the Cocoa Beach Country Club and in the Villages.
Frank was proud of his Polish heritage and relished Polish food. He also could lift his feet to dance the polka. I have sadly lost my favorite polka partner.
Frank leaves his sister Vicki Pike-Green, three nephews Chris Pike, Scott Pike, Charles Pike, a grandnephew JD Pike and grandniece Ava Pike.
A funeral will be held on 26 Jan from 2-3 at Beckman Williamson Funeral Home in Cocoa Beach. A Celebration of Life will be held on 21 March at the Cocoa Beach Country Club from 2-4.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. http://www.aspca.org/
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