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Frank Jose Lopez, 61, of Tampa, Florida, transitioned to his spiritual body on Sunday, April 3, 2022, after a courageous battle with colon cancer, with his loving wife Liza and his beloved adult children from his first marriage, Adam, and Gaby, at his side.

His sudden passing leaves a huge hole in the hearts of all who loved him, especially his youngest daughter, Izabella, whom Frankie recently proudly presented at her Quince birthday.

He was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, surrounded by his large, tight-knit Family For Life; his loving sister, Yoli; brothers, Ralph, Milton, and Jason; his grandmother and mother; aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; and his cousins, who were more like siblings to him.  He is preceded in death by his mother Hilda, who was waiting for him in Heaven with open arms as only a mother can.

He met and married Jill in October 1985 and they share two wonderful children. Though they divorced, they remain friendly coparents to Adam and Gaby. Frankie has 5 amazing grandchildren: Noah and Ava, who are joyful gifts from Adam and Priscilla; and Luca, Mateo and Sebastian, precious gifts from Gaby and Chris.  He was loved by his brother-in-law, T.O.; and his mother-in-law, Dolores.

He found love again and married Liza in 2009 and together they share beautiful Izabella. His loving wife Liza was his strength and support during his illness struggles and he was blessed to have her by his side in sickness and in health, the good times and the bad.

Frankie was proud to be an electrician, having been a member of IBEW Union Local 3 in New York, and since 2013 worked at Tri-City Electrical Contractors. His Tri-City family were so caring, attentive, and accommodating throughout his cancer struggle and he was grateful and appreciative of their love and support.

Frankie’s happiest role was being a family man, he loved his children beyond words. On weekends he’d be in the softball park with Gaby, coaching and cheering, playing racquetball with Adam, or having a dance-off to see who was the Greatest Dancer. He usually won because he’d end up break-dancing, spinning and windmills on the floor! He was the life of any party, and you’d always find him salsa dancing, break dancing and generally making people happy and having fun. He adored his family, his friends and his life and it showed in his quick and friendly smile and eagerness to always lend a helping hand. He was a DJ in his spare time and made many happy memories for hundreds of people at their most joyous moments, their celebrations.

He will be deeply missed on this earth but has finally found peace and health in Jesus’ loving arms, until we meet again in Heaven.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 16th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Cremations of Greater Tampa Bay, 110 N. MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33609.

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