Frank J. Lima

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Frank J. Lima, 67, of Fairview Park, OH passed into eternal rest on Saturday, June 15, 2019. He died of symptoms associated with COPD due to lifelong cigarette smoking.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 21 at 10am at Journey Church, Avon Campus, 995 Center Rd. Avon, Ohio 44011.

Frank is survived by his parents, Fred & Nancy Lima. Beloved husband to Patty Lima. Father to Frank S. Lima (deceased), Fred A. Lima, Nicole Salerno (Fabio) and Grace Nazel (Jameson). Cherished grandfather to Dominic, Gabriella, Vincenzo, Alexander, Sofia, Abigail, Gianni, Luca and Nora. Brother to Gail Lima-Richmond, Sue Fitch (deceased), Mary Ann Grassia (Tony), Mickey, Fred Jr. (Laura), Jerry (Judy), Tony, Nancy Higgins (Rich), Patrick (Terry), Julie Stolar (Mike). His many nieces & nephews, great-nieces and nephews and the mutt, Harley.

A special thank you to friends and family who gave their time and love to help. Especially Pastor Paul Grodell whose faith and prayers provided comfort to Frank, Patty and his family. And to Frank’s wife, Patty, for her immeasurable and constant care.

Finally, in honor of Frank’s legacy, we hope you’ll be encouraged to quit smoking or using any tobacco products. They are not worth the price paid by diminishing quality of life, dying young and missing out on time with family. The ramifications of the smoking addiction will rob your body of being able to perform the simplest of tasks.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you would consider a donation to the Outreach Program at Journey Church.

When I’m Gone
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last mile,
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile.

Forget unkind words I have spoken;
Remember some good I have done,
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I’ve had loads of fun.

Forget that I have stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought
Some hard battles and won,
Ere the close of the day.

Then forget to grieve for my going,
I would not have you sad for a day,
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay

And come in the evening
When the sun points the sky in the West,
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.

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  1. Jennifer Silvestri says:

    My deepest sympathies to my Uncle Fred, my Aunt Nancy and all my Lima cousins. I am sorry I cannot be with you. May your happy memories of Frank comfort you at this difficult time. I will always remember Frank’s ready smile and quick wit.

  2. Bill & Louise Reuter says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lima family and our dear friend Mickey. We have fond memories of Frank and know that his suffering has ended. Rest In Peace Frank.

  3. Kevin and Evelyn Kane says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to the Lima family. May you find strength and comfort in each other. We send our love to all of you.

  4. Joe & Deb Marshall says:

    To Uncle Fred and Nancy, Patty, Gail, Mary Ann, Freddy, Jerry, Tony, Nancy, Pat, Julie, and especially you my dear friend Micky, my heart breaks for you in this time of your loss. Frank though is now relieved from the pain and stress of this world and is with our God in heaven for all eternity. The reward promised, and by faith Frank gladly accepted.

    Deb and I will be praying for you all, as you individually and as a family work through the loss of your Son, Spouse, and Brother. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”

  5. Nancy Lima Higgins, Frank's Sister #4 says:

    To my dear older Brother Frank; who can say that we’ve walked in another’s shoes or understand what another has gone thru in suffering. .

    I love you Frank today. I loved you when you held my hand as a little kid. I loved your toughness, your strength, your smile that surprised itself because after all, God is great, and what he made, and whom he made and gave to you are awesome! Especially Frankie Freddy Nicole Grace and all the lovely grandkids, wow!! And all friends near & far.
    Thank you for sharing the Joy of the message of being “born again’ on the beginning of my own spiritual journey , when I was seeking forgiveness and renewal because I knew I was a sinner, etc. Thank you, because you helped me find the starting point of the answer, and we shared that joy of uncovering that!
    I feel the Joy of life in your honor and memory. Sure there were tough things, but as long as we relish and hang onto the good, the fun and joys of laughing, of children and their gifts of being alive for the whole world to see & enjoy, we are and must continue moving forward in Love!

    God said when you have tribulations, not if, and so it goes.
    In Italian; Cosi il del mondo.

    May we all remember 1Corinthians 13 in all its fullness. God’s Commandments are there for us as a GIFT of His amazing love, to keep us out of trouble, and help us move out of sadness or woeful moments. And of course pain is real. But I love that His word says” Be joyful always! And again I say, Rejoice!

    I will choose to stick with that! May you rest in peace until Jesus comes back and of course we want to go home with Him to Heaven.

    By the way, You have some amazing women in your life! A fragrant bouquet!

    The Belle’s of Ireland, and the purple flowers coupled with some blue hydrangeas from my own garden in TN, … I will set before you are symbols from me & my son’s, & Rich to you and the hope of and for the circle of our family. Though with many differences, yet united in our uniqueness of love to you, holding hands my sister’s, our brothers, & Mom & Dad who love you so as we all try letting you go.

  6. The Motz Family says:

    Nicole, Fabio and Family: So sorry for your loss but know there is peace to be found in the great memories you have. Much care and love, The Motz Family.

  7. Silvija Rops says:

    My heart felt sympathies for your family. May God’s presence give you strength and peace.

  8. Kathy Helmer-Doane says:

    What a wonderful tribute to Frank and message to others of the effects of smoking. My sincere condolences to all who loved him.

  9. Alec R..McCallister says:

    Sorry to hear about Frank passing. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of his family.

  10. Our Condolences. Mokey, Valarie, & Nikolaus Lima says:

    Our Condolences
    Mokey, Valarie & Nikolaus Lima

  11. Gary Kiczek says:

    I really enjoyed meeting you and going through our real estate classes together at Rocky River high school. RIP Frank.

  12. Audrey Cottrell says:

    Will miss waving to Frank when I go pass the house or chatting with him when I was outside.

  13. Marlene Costanzo says:

    so sorry, my husband Sammy passed away on June 13th, and he was friends with Sammy and also Sal Cipiti who is our cousin. They are now hanging out in a great neighborhood. God Bless

  14. Barb Gall Winner says:

    Peace, strength and comfort to the Lima Family. Frank will be missed. May memories keep him in your hearts forever.

  15. Scott And Robin Falkenstein says:

    Very Sorry for the loss of Frank, God’s Peace and Blessings over him and his Family!

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  17. Christine Stephens says:

    My sincere condolences to Franks family. I’m very sad for this news. He was always very kind to me and my family. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers, for peace and comfort during this time of grief.

  18. Jerry Lima says:

    Rest now my sweet brother. You have often been misunderstood and misread. I wish others could have known your beautiful smile, contagious laughter and wonderful sense of humor. You were such a good brother to me and I will always appreciate the way you treated me and cared for me. Your children and grandchildren are beacons of light. God bless Patty for her strength and commitment through your suffering. You deserved better yet you never complained. Your brothers and sisters are relieved, yet our hearts are heavy.

  19. Anne Thomas and Zach, Ben, Kenzie, Katie says:

    We are sending lots of love, hugs and prayers to you all during this difficult time.

  20. Marguerite (Bower) & Ray Moltz says:

    Frank, Marguerite, & I were best friends in high school & had great times running around North Olmsted. He was in our wedding in 1974 in Blowing Rock, NC, where we live. Everybody loved Frank, & what a great family! We send our love to all of his family. May God Bless.

  21. Mike and Colleen Byard says:

    We pray our heavenly Father wraps His loving arms of comfort and strength arround each of you. We have many great memories of Frank and I pray that they live on with you and your family.