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In Memory

Frank Greco - Crew Of 1989

GRECO, CAPTAIN FRANCIS JOHN, USN (RET) Francis "Frank" John Greco, 54, of Crofton, MD, passed away at his residence on Friday, February 5, 2010 after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. Frank was born in Youngstown, Ohio on August 22, 1955 and is the son of Alice (Douthitt) Greco and the late Carmen Greco. Frank is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dorothy A. (Scarborough) Greco of Crofton, MD; three children, Sean F. Greco and his partner, Melissa Ferioli of Miami Beach, FL, Shannon A. Greco and her partner, Joey Roane of Miami, FL and Jameson J. Greco of Corona del Mar, CA; a grandson, Alexander M. Greco; his sister, Ginny, a niece, Gina, and four of his five brothers. He was preceded in death by his father, Carmen and his brother, George. Frank's hobbies included going to the gym and running. He was very proud of completing the San Diego Marathon in 2004 and had hoped to run more marathons with his children. He read books about history, was passionate about politics, and was an enthusiastic sports fan. Frank's motto in life came from the Sailor's Creed, "Honor, Courage, and Commitment." He exemplified these values in every aspect of his life. He was a dedicated Naval Officer, a hard working employee, and most importantly he was committed to his family. He was extremely proud of his children and adored his grandson, Alexander. He was a loving and loyal husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Frank graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1977 and proudly served 30 years in the Navy, retiring in June 2007. His Naval career included tours at sea and ashore, up and down both the east and west coasts and overseas as well. Notably, Frank served as Commanding Officer of USS Monongahela (AO178) as well as the Fleet Technical Support Center Pacific. He also served as Commander, Afloat Prepositioning Ships Squadron Four out of Bahrain. He received two Master of Science Degrees while in the Navy, one in Mechanical Engineering and one in National Resource Strategy. He received numerous decorations including a Legion of Merit with one Gold Star. Upon Frank's retirement in 2007 he was employed by the U.S. Department of Energy. A Memorial Service will be held at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, MD on Monday, March 1, 2010, at 10 AM. Inurnment to follow at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery Columbarium. If you plan to attend the Memorial Service you must provide photo identification and enter through Gate 8. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts honoring Frank Greco may be directed to support pancreatic research (Immunology Program) at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Gifts must be sent with a memo indicating that the gift is in honor of Frank Greco to further the research work of Dr. Dung Le. Mail gifts to: Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201. Or, donations may be directed to the hospice organization that provided great support in his final days. Mail to: Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401. Let us continue the courageous battle Frank took part in to beat this disease by helping to find a cure and make him proud by never giving up. Arrangements were handled by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Cremation and Funeral Care, P.A., Annapolis, MD. Online condolences may be made at www.fhnfuneralhome.com. Please feel free to share any thoughts and memories regarding how Frank touched your life.


Published in The Capital and the Bowie Blade-News and the Maryland Gazette on February 18, 2010