Fred A. Marconi, 92, of 2904 N.W. 61st Ave., Margate, Fla., formerly of Kane, passed away Monday, May 7, 2012 at the Cedars Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles.
Born Jan. 6, 1920, in Cuba, N.Y., he was a son of the late and Enrico "Henry" and Anita (Inamorita) Marconi.
On Sept. 18, 1941, in St. Callistus Roman Catholic Church, he married Hazel B. (Woods) Marconi, who survives.
He was a 1938 graduate of James City High School.
On Oct. 20, 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army and served during WWII; he was honorably discharged on Sept. 29, 1943.
He worked his entire life in the hardwood lumber business. After his Army service, he built the first dry kiln in Kane, while working for Holgate Toys as a drying specialist.
He moved his family to Buffalo, N.Y. in 1952 and worked for Sikes Furniture Company, as a hardwood lumber purchaser and dry kiln operator. He moved to Holland, N.Y. in 1964 and served as President of Kreetan Company, which was later sold to Hammermill Paper Company where he remained and managed all of their lumber yards and exported lumber all over the world. In his retirement he worked as a consultant.
He was a member of St. Callistus in Kane and Mary Help of Christians in Parkland, Fla. He was a member of the American Hardwood Association, Penn York Lumbermans Club, the Kiwanis Club in Holland, and president of the Margate Homeowners Association.
Surviving in addition to his wife Hazel of 70 years are three daughters: Cynthia L. (Lynn) Fettrow, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Judith A. Castle, of Orlando, Fla., and Debra J.(Domenic) Malara, of Coral Springs, Fla.; two sons, Dr. Ronald (Judy) Marconi, of Visalia, Calif., and Fred (Chris) Marconi, Jr, of Morrisville, N.Y.; one brother, James (Rose) Marconi of Kane; one sister-in-law, Betty Marconi of Kane; 19 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, John Marconi.
Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St. and again on Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the gathering area at St. Callistus Roman Catholic Church in Kane, followed by a Con Celebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Rev. Theodore Marconi, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Erie, and Rev. Philip Pinczewski, pastor of St. Callistus. Entombment and committal services and Military honors will follow in St. Callistus Mausoleum, in Kane. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorial, if desired, may be made to St. Callistus Church, or the Mary Help of Christians in Parkland Fla., or a charity of the donor's choice.