Frank Martin Coelho passed away after a short illness on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at his home in Tracy surrounded by his children. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to parents Joseph & Virginia Coelho, Frank moved to Tracy with his family in 1938, where he attended Lammersville School as a young child and graduated from Tracy Joint Union High School in 1949.
In 1951 Frank enlisted in the US Army and served in the Korean War as a Corporal. Prior to leaving for service he married his high school sweet heart, Margo Woodward. They were married 48 years until her passing in 1999. Together they raised five children, Rocky, Missy, Danny, Davey, and Ginny.
When returning from the Korean War, Frank established C & B Equipment, a Farm Machinery Equipment Sales business with a partner. During this time, he was Business Man of the Year, President of Far West Equipment Association, was involved with Rotary, VFW, Elks , Tracy Golf & Country Club and more . After retirement in early 2000, Frank continued to be active in life.
In 2003, Frank met his companion of 15 years, Janet Ratto Giffen of Stockton. They regularly attended Sunday services at the Cathedral of Annunciation in Stockton. Frank and Janet enjoyed spending time with each other and their families.
Frank enjoyed playing golf, spending time with his family, telling jokes, cooking, barbequing, traveling, being circled around his many friends of all ages, and his martinis. Frank never spoke a negative word about anyone; he only saw the good in people. He truly loved people and enjoyed seeing them smile. If a smile was needed, he could always come up with a joke or a cheer. He will be truly missed by all that knew him and loved him. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!” “So mourn but do more smiling, remembering all the joy Frank brought to you and everyone around him. It’s not over, it’s just another chapter. It’s amazing that dad left us on the day our Lord and Savior Rose Again and it was April Fools Day”.
Frank is survived by his sons, David (Deolinda) Coelho, Amity, Oregon, Daniel Coelho, Tracy, California and daughters, Melissa Czerwiec, McMinnville, Oregon, Virginia Coelho, Portland, Oregon. He was Papa to 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his son Rocky Martin Coelho (1973, Navy Seal), his sister Frances Costa, his brothers Joseph, John and Lawrence Coelho.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from noon to 7:00pm, with a Rosary at 7:00pm at Fry Memorial Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:00am at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at the “Little Arlington” Tracy Public Cemetery. Please join us following the burial at Elks Lodge to share your stories and your favorite Frank joke over a meal.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners, Wounded Warriors, or to a charity of your choice.