Lt. Col. Francis L. Kolarik Jr. USAF (ret)
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 9, 1942
  • Date of passing: Sep 3, 2013

“If you want to be good at something and it is important to you, there are no short cuts. You have to put in the work.” - 
Frank Kolarik

In accordance with his wishes, Frank was cremated and buried with military honors at the Shirley Center Cemetery


A Funeral mass for Frank was celebrated on Saturday, September 7, 2013  at  St. Anthony of Padua Church in Shirley, MA.  Frank's family wishes to express our warm appreciation to the many friends and family who attended the ceremony. 

 Frank's obituary appeared in the Sentinal and Enterprise and
the Boston Globe on Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten You,

All things are passing away,
God never changes 
Patience obtains all things

Whoever has God lacks nothing 
God alone suffices." 
- St Teresa of Avila -


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Guy Vacca on 9th November 2016

"I don't know if birthdays are celebrated in heaven where I trust you are or will be shortly, but here on earth I'll say Happy 74th, Frank.
I often remember your words of caution when I'm operating my circular saw - "Don't stand in front of the fence in the event the saw kicks the wood out". Thanks, Frank
We continue to miss you!"

This tribute was added by Heather Murray on 9th November 2016

"Time goes by, makes us realize just how precious time is.  Frank will
always be missed.  Frank would be so very proud of how strong
Patricia has been over these past few years.  As difficult as everything has been for her she remains a champion.  
Love, Heather"

This tribute was added by Guy Vacca on 4th September 2016

"Mary and I attended Mass Friday morning that was said for Frank on the day before his 3rd year in passing. May he  pray for us who are yet to pass."

This tribute was added by Edward Vacca on 4th September 2016

"You are still in our thoughts Frank.
Always will be.
See You Latter."

This tribute was added by Guy Vacca on 9th November 2015

"My daughter Linda's birthday is also November 9, so I'll always remember Frank's day of birth. We miss him."

This tribute was added by Guy Vacca on 3rd September 2015

"I attended a Mass this morning for Frank, at St. Francis Xavier Church. This is an annual celebration and will continue for as long as time permits. I keep Frank in my prayers every night. May he rest forever in the company of our Lord."

This tribute was added by Guy Vacca on 10th November 2014

"I'm still in a state of shock knowing that you have left us, too soon and too fast. We think of you often, especially at family gatherings. Rest in peace, dear nephew."

This tribute was added by Edward Vacca on 9th November 2014

"Happy Birthday Frank!   What's that you say, - you're getting lots of
Birdies?  - - Why am I not surprised."

This tribute was added by Heather Murray on 3rd September 2014

"It is hard to believe Frank is gone, and harder to believe it has been a year. We always remember a person who has left a positive influence
in our life.  Frank  gave that gift to many."

This tribute was added by Edward Vacca on 3rd September 2014

"One Year - Wow!    I still have fond memories of when Frank and Joe were vacationing in Ft. Lauderdale.  A friend and I agreed to meet them at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie for a round of Golf.  I picked a difficult Pete Deye  course to play. (lots of sand) I knew Frank loved a challenge.   It was fun watching Frank making many Pars and an occasional Birdie.  What a Guy.
Frank is gone now, but not forgotten."

This tribute was added by Nick Murray on 3rd September 2014

"I can't believe it has already been a year. I would love to come to MA and visit you. I will do my best to play more golf this year."

This tribute was added by Edward Vacca on 13th September 2013

"It was on the first day of our vacation to Las Vegas when we heard of Frank's passing.  Just the night before, talking to my Brother Guy, we talked about how much Frank has suffered but still had a chance to beat this disease.  Frank was an inspiration to the Family and we were all Proud of the Man he became.  Uncle Eddie"

This tribute was added by Guy Vacca on 10th September 2013

""You have left us all a wonderful path to follow in all the good that you have done on earth. We will miss you, but now you are pain free and in good company with your mom and dad in heaven. Thanks for the good time and conversations we used to have at the family get-togethers.""

This tribute was added by Joann Deniso on 7th September 2013

"Frank, Although I personally never met your Dad, I think we all felt like we knew him from your many stories and the love and respect you so openly demonstrated for him.  While he was clearly an accomplished man, it's obvious that his family was his greatest legacy and my heart goes out to all of you in losing him from your daily lives. Take Care, Joann"

This tribute was added by MAureen Sullivan on 6th September 2013

"Dearest Francis,

So sad to hear about Mr. K's passing, he was a wonderful, kind, and really funny person.  His commitment to his golf at the "VA" was impressive, but I was most impressed with your relationship with him and what a great dad he was. Love to your entire family."

This tribute was added by Ken Billard on 6th September 2013


I am very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing and am thinking of you and your family at this time.   I enjoyed looking at the pictures of you both on the golf course and in uniform together.  I know that you were very close and he will be missed greatly."

This tribute was added by Patrick Sullivan on 6th September 2013

"I did not know Frank very well away from the golf course, but if he attacked life like he did the golf ball I am sure he battled his last days with tenacity & class. I think what I remember most about Frank is that his son was his biggest fan - nobody was more excited to see how his father faired in the club championships at The Patriot. Frank you will be missed, RIP."

This tribute was added by Judy DeFlavis-Waterstradt on 6th September 2013

"So very sorry to about Frank. He will be missed. Love, The Waterstradt Family"

This tribute was added by Mark Millett on 5th September 2013

"Just an amazing and strong person.  It's an honor and a privilege to say I've known Frank for almost 30 years. He will be missed.  To all of Frank's family and loved ones, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, The Millet Family"

This tribute was added by Nick Murray on 4th September 2013

"It is hard to express how I've felt over the years about my dearest uncle. I have been too ignorant to truly understand what an influence he has been on me, but that is all very clear to me now. Now I can see that I have been so fortunate to have someone in life like Uncle Frank. He will be forever missed for sure. Thank you for making this site."

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