Wednesday, February 7, 2018
2:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
Rosary at 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018
11:00 AM EST
St. Genevieve - St. Maurice Parish
Livonia, MI 48154
Instate at 10:15am
Life Story / Obituary
With a journey that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Francis “Frank” (Cikku) Attard lived a life of purpose while holding his loved ones near. He worked hard in everything he did and accomplished so much of which to be proud. Frank was deeply devoted to his family, and there was nothing that he treasured more than witnessing his family tree blossom to include numerous branches of loved ones he adored. Always willing to lend a helping hand, he made a significant impact in the lives of those too numerous to count. Deeply loved, Frank will be forever missed.
The 1920s were a time of great change in the nation of Malta as the turmoil of the late 1910s had faded to the background for a time. In 1921, self-government was finally granted under British rule, and Joseph Howard was named Prime Minister. It was during this exciting time that Joseph and MaryAnn Attard were pleased to announce the birth of the baby boy they named Francis on November 10, 1927, in Xaghra Gozo, Malta. He was raised in the family home in Malta alongside his five sisters, Michelina, Mary Rose, Maria Giovanna, Antonia, Salvina. Frank was in his teens when he experienced Malta being bombed during WWII, leaving a lasting imprint in his life.
Life was forever changed for Frank when he came to the United States at the age of 20. He arrived in New York City in March of 1948. Frank was a high school graduate and was drafted into the Army when he was 26 years old. Throughout his two years in the service, much of his time was spent in Alaska where he drove a truck for 18 months. This was before Alaska was even an official state!
Throughout his life Frank was known for his strong work ethic. He spent 32 years working at Chrysler before retiring in 1981. During his retirement years, Frank still wanted to remain busy. For this reason he spent 30 years working as a handyman at a local medical building. He also spent some time working as a butcher.
Not to be forgotten while he was busy building his career was Frank’s introduction to the woman of his dreams. Her name was Teresa, and it didn’t take them long to fall deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together Frank and Teresa were married on October 5, 1957, marking the beginning of a new chapter in a love story that would span 50 years. Together they welcomed two children, Michael and John, into their hearts and home.
Over the years, Frank was one to keep busy. He visited Malta several times and enjoyed being with his family. Frank was thrilled when grandchildren came along, and he was so proud of all his grandchildren. He did love to travel, and for years he spent several winters in Indian Rocks, Florida. Frank was an excellent cook who had the most amazing green thumb and could grow anything in his garden. He also did his best to help with home projects like painting and plumbing, and he was also looking for ways he could use his gifts and talents to help others in ways both great and small. Social and outgoing, Frank made several friends while in Florida, and he kept in touch with them all over the world. Within his community he helped at the Maltese Club. Frank remained active for as long as he could, maintaining a busy lifestyle throughout his eighties. He was able to remain independent in keeping his home neat and clean as well as driving himself.
All who knew Francis “Frank” Attard would agree that there was no one quite like him. He worked hard, but he took the time to enjoy life along the way as well. Frank was never one to let things get the best of him, rather, he took everything in stride. He loved a good joke, and his love for life was easy to see. Although Frank will be deeply missed, he leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will forever treasure.
Francis “Frank” Attard, passed away February 3, 2018. Preceded in death by his wife Teresa. Loving father of Michael (Jeanine) and John (Mary). Beloved grandfather of Nicole (Power), Joseph (Carly), Adam, and Eric. Cherished brother of Salvina Aguis, the late Michelina, Mary Rose, Maria Giovanna, and Antonia. Family will receive friends Wednesday, February 7 from 2:00 to 9:00 pm at the Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile Rd in Livonia, with a Rosary at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 8 at 11:00 am at St. Genevieve – St. Maurice Parish, 29015 Jamison, Livonia. Instate at 10:15 am.