Memory Eternal: Frank Theodore Hamouz

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Frank and Lorraine at their 25th Wedding Anniversary celebration.

Frank Hamouz, 93, of Mahwah, NJ passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the New Jersey Veterans Administration Nursing Home in Paramus, N.J. with his loving family beside him until that day.  Born in Mestecko, Czechoslovakia, on July 7, 1923 he was raised in both Mestecko and Prague, Czechoslovakia until his teenage years at which time he immigrated to the U.S. in 1936. His family ultimately settled in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York; walking distance from the Brooklyn Dodgers home stadium, Ebbetts Field.

Frank and several of his family members had emigrated from Czechoslovakia due to political unrest and the looming war in central Europe. It was Frank’s intent to gain training in the U.S. and eventually return to his homeland to defend his nation. Toward this end, he enrolled in the Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades and upon attaining his Eighteenth birthday he volunteered to join the U.S. Army Air Corp. After completing his aviation training with the Army Air Corp, Frank was commissioned as a First Lieutenant and was deployed to southern England as a Bombardier and Navigator on a ‘Liberator’ Bomber in the Eighth Air Force. Frank far exceeded the needed number of 25 sorties required for rotation out of the heavy bomber crews and volunteered for several additional missions during the Normandy invasion. Among other honors, Frank was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters).

After the war, Frank returned to Brooklyn and was employed as a draftsman for Parker-Kalon. On a summer vacation in the Catskill Mountains in 1951, he met his future wife, Lorraine, of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Within 3 months of meeting, the pair were engaged to be wed. The couple were married in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord on North 12th Street in Brooklyn on May 10, 1952 and this year celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Frank and Lorraine briefly lived in Greenpoint before moving to an apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In 1955, Lorraine and Frank moved to 86 Circle Drive in Paramus, N.J. They raised their 2 sons, Michael and Frank, at this address. After Parker-Kalon closed their New York office, he began employment as an elevator construction mechanic with Armor Elevator in New York City and worked there for over 20 years until his retirement. He was a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local #1 in Long Island City, NY.  Frank and Lorraine became faithful members of the Orthodox Christian Church of Christ the Saviour in Paramus, N.J. Frank served on the Church Council for several years including terms as Treasurer and Church Warden.  Through the church he participated in many charitable endeavors throughout his lifetime. Particularly after his retirement, he spent many hours devoted to the upkeep of the church, and he especially loved the time he spent maintaining the church grounds and landscaping. Frank was also quite active with Boy Scout Troop #275 in Paramus.

In 1993, Lorraine and Frank moved to his present residence in Mahwah, N.J. Frank continued donating his time and efforts to the church and spent a lot of his time at the family vacation property in Ellenville, N.Y.  In Ellenville, he loved to spend his leisure time swimming, enjoying the wooded areas, fishing, working at generally beautifying the property and spending time with his beloved family, with special emphasis on the woman that he cherished and adored, his wife, Lorraine. Unfortunately, about 12 years ago, Frank was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and with each progressing year, his condition worsened.  By the time of his death, his disease was quite advanced and he required near constant care. His steadfastly dedicated wife Lorraine, devotedly and patiently cared for Frank through the many stages of his illness. Lorraine’s loving and respectful caregiving brought him both comfort and reassurance and allowed him to maintain a sense of dignity and well being.

We will forever miss the bright smile that seemed to light up his face and his easy going manner.

Frank was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine Hamouz. Loving and devoted father of Michael Hamouz and wife, Kathy and the late Frank J. Hamouz. Cherished grandfather of Dakota Hamouz.

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