Tupper Lake â€” Frank Tice, 50, of Main Street in Tupper Lake, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, while snowmobiling through the Fish Creek area enroute to Malone.
He was born Jan. 3, 1952, in Gouverneur, the son of Franklin and Lois (O'Neil) Tice.
Frank grew up in Tupper Lake and graduated Tupper Lake High School with the Class of 1971. A football letterman, Frank was honored All-Northern center and defensive tackle.
Frank served with the U.S. Navy as a jet aircraft mechanic for several years. While in the Navy, Frank was crew captain of an elite team of jet mechanics who worked on experimental aircraft at the Patuxant Naval Air Station and had the honor to be aboard the first cruise of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
On Aug. 1, 1981, Frank and the former Cathy Jean Ross of Pearl River, N.Y., were married at St. Margaret's Church in Pearl River, N.Y. Together they made their home, family and business in Tupper Lake.
For several years, Frank drove for Anchor Freight. As an independent trucker, Frank spent many years driving long haul across the U.S. As an independent owner-driver, he built F.J. Tice Trucking into a successful business with three drivers working for O.W.D.
He was a dedicated husband and father who loved his wife and children above all else. Frank will be remembered by family and friends as a man who lived life fully - he worked hard and played hard. He was well known locally for his Harley Davidson motorcycles, especially the "Boss Hoss." He was always ready to help a friend and those who knew him well, knew his heart was as big as he was. Frank will be missed by all who were part of his life.
He is survived by his wife Cathy of 20 years; his mother, Lois Tice of Tupper Lake; two sons, Franklin Joseph III and Joseph Franklin and a daughter, Nina Marie, all at home; three brothers, Gary and his wife Wanda Tice of Lake Lure, N.C., Addison John and his wife Karen of Saranac Lake and Stephan of Tupper Lake; two sisters, Catherine Tice of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mary and her husband Scott Chartier of Tupper Lake; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father and three brothers, Paul, Patrick and David.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, March 3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Richer Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A funeral Mass will be held Monday, March 4 at 3 p.m. at Holy Name Church with Father Chris Carrara officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held in May at Holy Name Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Patrick Tice Athletic Memorial Scholarship fund at Tupper Lake High School, the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad or the Tupper Lake Fire Department.
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