Frank John Vilece – the quiet strong ones

Frank – I never bested you at tennis. Because you were damn good. And funny. And you helped me learn the game with few words, always a quiet one. You rarely spoke even as partners. Occassionally you ran for a lob to throw us off. But more frequently your offense prevented anyone from hitting a lob in the first place. But you know that. Strategy. Quiet strategy. We noticed. I noticed.

You offered no help as an opponent with your surprisingly fast net play, sly grin. I still learned. Even on the other side of the net I still learned from you. I never told you, nobody need tell you, you know. There are many like me who respect the quiet strong ones. Like you. #respect

May God bless you and your family Frank. God Bless. #peace

From the Houston Chronicle on Frank John Vilece:
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Frank John Vilece of Houston, TX, passed away on December 24, 2012. He was surrounded by his three loving children, Kathryn, Frank Jr., and Michael, down to his final breath.

Born in New York, New York on February 10, 1944, and raised in Greenwich Village, Frank graduated from Xavier High School, and then Steven’s Institute of Technology in 1965. Growing up his family spent summers in Lake Carmel. In 1971 he married his late wife, Gail Mansfield Vilece and eventually moved west to start and raise a family and build his career. Frank was a brilliant man who spent his entire career as a mechanical engineer. He took great pride in his ability to create energy and power. With his wealth of knowledge he was able to tackle the most sophisticated engineering project, yet he was humble enough to teach anyone willing to learn his passions.

His greatest accomplishments and joy in life were his three children. He did everything he could to make sure his children were given all the tools they needed to be successful and enjoyed hearing about their many adventures. Frank loved staying active and had a life-long love of learning. Much of his free time was spent on the tennis court. Following tennis events on TV, in person, or playing in leagues around Houston, exhilarated Frank.

Frank is survived by his children Kathryn Vilece, Frank Vilece Jr., and Michael Vilece, as well as his sister Alice Battle and brother Vic Vilece, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass will be held for Frank at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail in Houston, on Friday December 28, 2012, at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Frank Vilece’s name to either the American Cancer Society or Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund.