Frank A. Lemerise Obituary – Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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Frank A. Lemerise, 64, of Spencer, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at Quaboag Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, after a long battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Tammy (Tikka) Lemerise; his daughter Tonia Backstrom and her husband David of Leicester; his son Jamie Lemerise and his wife Becky of Leicester; brothers Kim B. Lemerise and his wife Nancy of Boylston and Mark A. Lemerise and his wife Donna of Spencer; sisters Lisa A. Lemerise Fischer and her husband Kurt of Arlington and Andrea L. Thurlow of Leicester; five grandchildren, Morgan, Skylar, Kasey, Joseph and Johnathan; a niece Carla Davis and her husband Matt, and their children Jordan and Walker of Sandwich. Frank was born in Worcester, the son of the late Stanley and Elizabeth (Stanikmas) Lemerise. Frank grew up in Spencer and graduated from Worcester Boys Trade School in 1976, majoring in auto mechanics. He was also an outstanding ice hockey player during those years. He worked for many years at General Motors in Framingham. Later, he was employed as a mechanic at Wyman Gordon, Laidlaw Transit, and the Lee County School District in Cape Coral, Florida, where he majored in electronics. His love for automobiles followed him throughout his life, especially his love for stock car racing. Frank won a street stock championship at Hudson Speedway in 1977 at age 18, and raced modifieds and mini-modifieds at various NASCAR-sanctioned tracks across New England and the East Coast. Later, while in Florida, he joined the Daytona Antique Automobile Association by racing a modified antique car around the state. Frank also enjoyed restoring many cars throughout his life, his pride and joy being his 1964 Stingray Corvette convertible. He never left a project unfinished. He received numerous trophies for his Corvettes and hot rods at classic car shows. Frank and Tammy lived on Glen Echo Lake in Charlton for many years. Frank also enjoyed water sports, especially when joined by his children Tonia and Jamie. He was a member of the ski club and could often be seen on the water at dawn or until dusk barefoot waterskiing or ski jumping, while his wife hoped he would return home safely. . Frank and Tammy have enjoyed traveling through Florida for 21 years and have made many trips to South Miami Beach and Las Vegas for their international auto shows and celebrations. Frank loved music (especially rock n roll), movies (he had an 800 DVD collection), playing Guitar Hero with his own custom-built guitars, and shopping at thrift stores. Above all, he cherished the time spent with the grandchildren, seeing their photos and hearing about their activities and accomplishments. Our family would like to give special thanks to Frank’s other family, the staff at Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, especially Unit 3A and Unit 1 for the love, care and compassion they gave to Frank during his stay. They are truly an exceptional group of people. We would also like to thank Compassus Hospice for their compassionate care and assistance during this difficult time. A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Waite St Cemetery, Leicester, MA. Immediately following the service, family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life luncheon at the Knights of Columbus, 91 Manville St., Leicester, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, Activities Department, 47 E. Main St, West Brookfield, MA 01585. Arrangements are the responsibility of Pillsbury Funeral Home 163 Main St. Spencer. For an online tribute, visit: WWW.Pillsburyfuneralhome.com

Posted on October 26, 2022

Posted in Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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Service at the cemetery

St. Joseph Waite St Cemetery, Leicester, MA

November 11, 2022 at 11:00

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