FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Francis Joseph Lizzi, of Fair Lawn, died on Thursday, Dec. 15. He was 98.
Born in Wappingers Falls and raised in the Bronx, he resided in Fair Lawn since 1950. He was a member of the Fair Lawn Senior Center. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. During World War II, he traveled overseas as part of the newly formed Marine Army Transportation Corps participating in D-Day by towing ammunition barges to the beaches of France.
At the age of 18, he started working on yachts which led to a long career as a chief engineer on tugboats for the Matton and Turacamo Towing Companies. After retirement, his love of ships continued by building models of the tugboats on which he worked.
He was predeceased by his wife, Angelina (Della Calce) Lizzi.
He is survived by his children, Francine DeBlock and late husband Neil, William Lizzi and wife Carol, daughter-in-law Patricia Lizzi, Joseph Lizzi and wife Julie, Richard Lizzi and wife Susan, Elizabeth Tirone and late husband Carmine and Mary Ellen Lizzi; 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive relatives and friends Sunday, Dec. 18, 2-6 p.m. with a service following at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn. Interment Monday 10 a.m. at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in memory of Francis to the Christian Health Care Center, 301 Sicomac Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ 07481