Frank R. Gototweski Jr., 84, of Mashpee died in his sleep on April 24.
The son of Frank R. Gototweski Sr. and Ruth Gototweski, he was born and raised in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania.
He was the husband of Mary L. Gototweski, to whom he was married for 59 years.
Mr. Gototweski was a veteran of the US Navy. He later joined the Coast Guard, and was a lighthouse keeper off the coast of Maine. After 26 years he retired as a chief petty officer boatswain mate who had most recently served on the White Sage.
He and his wife moved to Mashpee in 1963, initially to Lakeside Trailer Park. During a 1994 Enterprise interview about a quilting project to benefit HIV/AIDS-infected babies that she was involved with, Ms. Gototweski recalled that they moved into the park "on the day that President Kennedy was shot."
After they were settled on the Cape, Mr. Gototweski began working for Richard A. Bourne, Auctionhouse; he also worked 22 years for Stop & Shop.
He had a love of the outdoors, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and beekeeping.
in addition to his wife, he leaves four children, Frances R. Andrade of East Falmouth, Diane Gototweski of North Carolina, Frank R. Gototweski III and his wife, Stephanie E. Gototweski, of East Falmouth and Susan Gototweski and her fiancé, Nelson Andrews Jr. of Marstons Mills; two sisters, Margaret Kishbaugh and Jean Strobridge; two brothers, David Gototweski and Ralph Gototweski Sr.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two grandsons, Daniel Andrade and Douglas Andrade Jr.
Visitation will be Friday, May 3, from 11 AM to noon at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee.
A funeral service will begin at noon in the funeral home.
Burial will follow at 1:15 PM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.