March 9, 1920 - March 23, 2018
Frank Anthony DeCaterina passed away March 23rd, 2018 at age 98. He was born March 9, 1920 in Newburgh, NY to Silvio and Rose DeCaterina in a family with four brothers and four sisters. Frank DeCaterina married Cathy Wayne Fleenor of Bristol, TN on May 7, 1950. He is survived by their three children and their spouses: Frank & Ladonna DeCaterina, Diane & Danny Fair, Lynn DeCaterina. Grandchildren: Kerry Fair, Trevor Fair and Bryan DeCaterina. Four Great-Grandchildren: Onnaley, Cohen, Mira and Dakota. And his ‘adopted sons’, Mitch Skaggs, Frank Wood and Brother Barker. DeCaterina joined the Navy in World War II and retired 21-years later as a Master Diver, highly decorated for his leadership and bravery on countless rescue missions and dangerous assignments. DeCaterina’ s family later settled in Bristol, TN, the home of his wife’s family, where he enjoyed another full 20+ year career in advertising sales for WCYB television. Along the way, DeCaterina cultivated a side career and hobby as a professional photographer, always there to capture friends’ weddings, parties as well as community and WCYB events. DeCaterina’s most valued contribution to Bristol is the legacy he shares with his wife, Cathy: supporting her founding and development of the Bristol Children’s Theatre and Theatre Bristol. Frank was the official photographer and tireless fund-raiser, also lending support for the massive renovation of the Paramount Theater that Cathy spearheaded. Frank enjoyed cards, swimming at the YMCA, crossword puzzles, The Lions Club and most importantly, time with family and friends. His contagious smile will be missed. The family wishes to thank the staff members at Brookdale, NHC of Bristol and Caris Healthcare for their tireless care and compassion. A private service will be held. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at akardfuneralhome.com Akard Funeral Home (423) 989-4800 is serving the DeCaterina family.
Frank Anthony DeCaterina passed away March 23rd, 2018 at age 98. He was born March 9, 1920 in Newburgh, NY to Silvio and Rose DeCaterina in a family with four brothers and four sisters. Frank DeCaterina married Cathy Wayne Fleenor of Bristol,... View Obituary & Service Information
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