Francis Charles "Boss Man" "Land Lord" Valentine, of Lenox, and Cocoa, Fla., passed away with his family at his side at Wuesthoff Hospice in Rockledge, Fla., on Feb. 8, 2017, from complications with COPD. Born May 27, 1933, in Eynon, son of the late Francis Charles Valentine and Nellie Puza Valentine, Frank was a veteran of the Air Force, having served during the Korean War, and later went on to become an over-the-road truck driver for 47 years. He enjoyed listening to country music, dancing to the polkas, reading cookbooks and cooking. He was an avid prankster and jokester and was passionate about animals and the outdoors. He loved cars and enjoyed working on them. Frank collected many cars, including his pride and joy, a 1956 Desoto, which he took on his journey between homes in Cocoa, Fla., and Lenox. He was a life member of the VFW and American Legion and enjoyed socializing with his many friends. He loved being surrounded by his family and spent the past six years traveling between homes in Cocoa, Fla., and Lenox, with his faithful sidekick and partner in crime, his loving granddaughter, Bree. Frank had a long life with many challenges and much strife by losing many homes and a farm to fire and burying most of his family, but somehow continued to go on with a smile on his face and putting smiles on the faces of everyone he met. He is going to be greatly missed by his daughter and granddaughters. Your journey here is over. Your family has been waiting for you. Go to them and lift your heart. He is survived by daughter, Barbara Valentine-Tatarka, of Davie, Fla.; granddaughters, Bree Tatarka, of Lenox; and Heather Tatarka, of Davie; great-grandson, Collin Tatarka; son-in-law, Scott Tatarka, Davie; sister, Genevieve Krisak, of Rahway, N.J.; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Ann Louise Valentine; daughters, Diane and Lorraine Valentine; granddaughter, Holly Smith; son-in-law, Randy Kilmer; brothers, Baby Edward, Norbert and John Valentine; sisters, Isabelle Ball and Victoria Park. The funeral will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 18 Airport Road, Clifford, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Pius X Church, Route 106, Royal. Interment with military honors, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Twp. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. To share condolences and photos with Frank's family, visit his book of everlasting memories at www.parisefuneralhome.com .
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