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John S. Franzone

In Memoriam

December 11, 1937 - September 15, 2021

John S Franzone, 83, passed away September 15th 2021 at the Windsor of Cape Coral. John was the son to the late Vincent and Giovanna Franzone, husband to his late wife Siwor “Ci Ci” Franzone, father to his son Ted and late son Andrew, grandfather to his only grandchild Anthony, brother to his sister Sally & brother Andrew and a incredible friend to the many people that were a part of his life.

John was born on December 11th, 1937 in Queens New York and was raised in the area. John was truly a self made man and it all really started it’s path when he wanted to show something to his father. When John was 16 he signed to be enlisted in the Marines and the day after his 17th birthday, he shipped off to Paris Island to begin Marine boot camp. At the time, John was the youngest person to graduate marine boot camp. Throughout his entire life he said, even though it was difficult, it was the best decision he ever made (to put his life on the right path).

During his time in the Marines, he truly discovered what he wanted to do in life and that was to become a pilot. Upon completing his Marine service, John immediately put his G.I. bill financial support into use and attained his first pilot license. From that point in his life, John completely committed himself and in the process sacrificed much to become a professional pilot… but it was always worth it he said.

John amazing flying career spanned from teaching lessons, towing advertising banners across the sky, flying humanitarian aid supplies into active combat regions of Africa to ultimately becoming a Captain of 747’s that flew internationally to every civilized continent. Many times I was told by my dads pilot friends, John was the pilot who you trusted to fly your family safely. Within the flying community, this is one of the highest complements a professional pilot can receive. John’s proud and amazing flying career was over 35 years.

Outside the cockpit, John was always known to be a greatly fun, entertaining and good person to be around. He was truly loved by the closest people around him. After his flying career retirement and later in his life, John rediscovered his love for dancing that he enjoyed in his earlier days. Through this, he met his second love of his life, Carol. John truly was a lucky man to have such a full and loved life in so many ways.
A visitation for John will be held Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery, 950 Chiquita Blvd. S, Cape Coral, Florida 33991. A funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM, 950 Chiquita Blvd. S, Cape Coral, Florida 33991. Burial with Military Honors by the USMC Honor Guard will follow.
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