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In Memory of

Frank M. Lodato

April 4, 1914 - November 26, 2016

Obituary


Frank Martin Lodato, Sr., age 102, passed away on November 26, 2016. He was a native of Tampa and lived in Tampa his entire life. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Violet Perez Lodato. He is survived by his son Dr. Frank M. Lodato, Jr. and his wife Annette, daughter Linda and husband Dr. Ed Mortellaro Jr.; four grandchildren, including; Laura and husband Joe LoPresti, Davin Lodato and wife Sandy, Dr. Vince Mortellaro and wife Eiryn, Carla and husband Michael Greenlaw and five great grandchildren.

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Frank Martin Lodato, Sr., age 102, passed away on November 26, 2016. He was a native of Tampa and lived in Tampa his entire life. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Violet Perez Lodato. He is survived by his son Dr. Frank M. Lodato, Jr. and his wife Annette, daughter Linda and husband Dr. Ed Mortellaro Jr.; four grandchildren, including; Laura and husband Joe LoPresti, Davin Lodato and wife Sandy, Dr. Vince Mortellaro and wife Eiryn, Carla and husband Michael Greenlaw and five great grandchildren.

During his life, he worked for the Ford Motor Company. During the war, he was a welder and ship inspector at Tampa Ship Building. He taught welding and after the war, he owned the Central Welding and Steel Erecting Company in Tampa and was a member of the Operating Engineers. Many of the lights and directional signs on the local interstates were among his numerous projects. As a real estate investor, he owned and managed several properties.
He was a Master Mason, past officer and Hospitality Chairman at Hillsborough Lodge #25 F&AM in Tampa. He was a Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason and was distinguished as a Member Emeritus. He was also a member of the Egypt Temple Shrine.

A love for family, education, strong work ethic and positive attitude were among his personal traits. He always said "age is just a number" and inspired a zest for life, personal accomplishments, education and family values. He was the patriarch of the family and his warm smile, welcoming hugs, advice, support and love will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Ramon Chang and Myriam Gonzalez for the loving care they provided in his final years.

The funeral service will be held at Gonzalez Funeral Home, 7209 N. Dale Mabry Hwy on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 12noon with the family receiving friends one hour prior. Interment to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Life Path Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele, Tampa, FL 33609 or Chang's Adult Family Care Home, 2607 W. Humphrey St, Tampa, FL 33614.