Frank DellaBitta, 91, formerly of Bokeelia, who passed away Aug. 18, 2013, was born in Southington, Conn., to Louis and Angelina DellaBitta Oct. 11, 1921. A veteran of World War II, he was in the Coast Guard stationed in Boca Grande, Fla.. where he met Kay, the love of his life. Frank and Kay were married 63 years before her death in 2008.
Mr. DellaBitta traveled extensively - Mexico, Alaska, Italy (to visit relatives), Japan and the Caribbean, to name a few places, and always enjoyed life to the fullest. He enjoyed visiting with friends, hunting, fishing, casino gambling, square dancing and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He owned and operated Frank's Fish Camp (now Four Winds Marina) at Bokeelia for over 25 years. He and Kay relocated to central Louisiana in June 2000 to be closer to family. After Kay's death, he continued to enjoy life at England Oaks Retirement Center for several years. Recently he lived at Hilltop Nursing Home in Pineville. He enjoyed sharing his meals and coffee breaks with Roy and Ollie. (Thanks to you both for taking him under your wing!) A special thanks to the Hilltop staff - they are very compassionate and dedicated to all in their care. A heartfelt word of gratitude to staff members, Brenda Rose, Donna Cole and LaKeisha Reid - their concern and care made his last years more pleasant.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Katherine (Kay); his parents, Angeline and Louis DellaBitta; five brothers, (Aldo, Andrew, Louis, Albert and Eddie); and a sister, (Anna).
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Sharon (Paul) Terrell of Pineville, Linda (Webb) Sledge of Gadsden, Ala.; grandchildren, Maria Terrell of Pineville and Michael Terrell of Ball; great-grandchildren, Cody and Christa Sillavan of Bokeelia and Skyler Terrell of Henderson, Texas. The family will welcome friends at Griffin Funeral Home, 3994 Monroe Highway in Ball from 14 p.m., today, Aug. 28.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.