McDONALD - Dr. Carl Robert Fossaceca, Jr., 67, died Thursday, June 21, 2018, at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland.
Carl was born Nov. 9, 1950, in Youngstown, a son of the late Carl Sr. and Mary Lou DePietro Fossaceca, and lived in the Girard and McDonald area for most of his life.
He was a 1968 graduate of Girard High School and graduated from Miami (OH) University in 1972, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Carl continued his education, attending The Ohio State University and earning a Pharmacy degree in 1975. In 2001, Carl received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from The University of Florida, graduating with honors.
He was the Clinical Pharmacist at St Joseph Warren Hospital from 2002 until his retirement in 2015. After he retired, he and his younger son owned and operated Anthony’s Family Pharmacy in Howland.
He was a member of both St. Rose Church in Girard and of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in McDonald.
Carl is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Diane Maiorana Fossaceca; two sons, Dr. Christopher (Hedeliza) Fossaceca of Dublin Calif. and Dr. Anthony (Lily) Fossaceca of Boardman; two daughters, Julie Jamieson of Dearborn Mich. and Cara (Marco) Pecchia of McDonald; six grandchildren, Parker and Kennedy Dion, Chiara Fossaceca, and Marco, Sophia, and Luca Pecchia, with “Baby Foss,” due in January of 2019; a sister, Susan (Andy) Kordic, and their children, Andrea and Ryan Kordic, all of Garland, Texas; many extended family members; and friends, who are like family.
Throughout his life, Carl had a wide and varied range of interests and activities that kept him busy. He held several officer positions in the McDonald Lions Club for many years, and he was very active in his community. He was awarded Preceptor of the Year by NEOMED in 2015. Carl was a clutch member of The Anchovies Bocce team for over 30 years, and proudly called himself a “Parrothead,” attending well over 25 Jimmy Buffett concerts with friends and family. He enjoyed making and bottling his homemade “Wildwood Winery” wine, tending to his extensive garden and greenhouse, and coaching baseball for many years. As a proud lifelong Cleveland sports fan, Carl weathered every storm with the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers, and never wavered in his loyal support. He could also be found every autumn Saturday cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes.
Carl was well-loved by all and will be greatly missed by friends and family.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 222 S. State St., Girard.
Family and friends may also gather Monday, June 25, from 12:30 to 1 p.m., at St. Rose Church, 48 E. Main St., Girard, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m.