Businessman and civic leader Frank J. Pawluc, a long-time resident of Burbank, died April 1.
Mr. Pawluc had been an Executive Vice President in the Savings and Loan industry. Locally, many knew him as the manager of the Republic Federal Savings & Loan branch in Magnolia Park. Under his leadership, the company built a large modern building at 3521 W. Magnolia Blvd., in Magnolia Park. The building today is a Chase Bank branch.
In addition to his banking career, he was associated with Steven Pawluc Realty, as well as being involved in his own real estate development projects. Along with his sons, Anthony and John, he founded J.A.F. Travelers, a charter bus company, in 1994. He served as the company’s president. A skilled carpenter, he not only built his own home on Rose St., but also remodeled several other homes in Burbank.
Long active in various civic organizations in the community, Mr. Pawluc served on the City of Burbank’s Fire and Building Code Appeals Board, and Planning Board. In the 1970’s he ran for a seat on the Burbank City Council. He was a member of the Burbank Exchange Club, and a charter member of the Magnolia Park Exchange Club. Mr. Pawluc belonged to Burbank Elks Lodge 1497, the American Legion, and Glendale Moose Lodge. He was also active in the March of Dimes.
Frank played on or managed countless Burbank and Toluca Lake softball and bowling teams. He coached Little League Baseball teams, and youth soccer teams for over 20 years.
Born in Lynn Massachusetts in 1937, Mr. Pawluc attended the University of Buffalo, and the University of Indiana. He served in the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged in 1966. He and his wife, Cecile, were married in 1965. They have three adult children, Anthony, John, and Donna. His wife and family were at his bedside when he passed away in the home that he had built some 40 years ago.
Surviving him in addition to his wife and children, are one granddaughter, Brittney; a sister, Blanche Tibbitts; brothers-in-law Lew Tibbitts, Roger Mercier, and Bob McPherson; and several nieces and nephews.
Frank requested that there be no public funeral, but there will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m. for family and friends. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-843-3155. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank J. Pawluc’s name to the Oncology Department at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, or the Motion Picture and Television Fund.