Frank C. Souza
November 14, 2005
Frank C. Souza passed away quietly at home Nov. 6, 2005, in Cameron Park, Calif., from complications of leukemia.
Frank was born Oct. 1, 1915, in Madeira Island, Portugal, and was a resident of South Lake Tahoe for 30 years, from 1957 to 1987. He immigrated to the U.S. with his parents when he was 3 years old. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, played professional baseball in minor league for Cincinnati Red Sox, was a master welder at Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, Calif., during World War II and was in the restaurant business with his brothers, Oscar’s on Lakeshore in Oakland, Calif., during the 1940s and 1950s.
Frank moved to South Lake Tahoe with his late wife, Pearl, and family in 1957, where he was involved in real estate and community planning. He served as regional vice president for the California Real Estate Association and was treasurer of the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. He served as City Councilman for the city of South Lake Tahoe, was El Dorado County water commissioner, a member of the juvenile probation commission and a board member of both the South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County chambers of commerce.
Frank was an active member of Kiwanis International for 55 years, was a charter member of South Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club and served as governor of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District (1969-’70. As he celebrated his 90th birthday with parties and lunches, he said that being with family and friends was the most important part of life.
Frank is survived by three daughters, Lucia Rothgeb of Cameron Park, Jean Cramer of Folsom, Calif., and Nancy O’Rourke of Cameron Park; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Mack, Jim, Carl and Clyde Souza; and sister, Marie Bither. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Pearl Souza.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at Holy Trinity Church, El Dorado Hills / Cameron Park.
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In lieu of flowers remembrances in the name of Frank Souza may be made to Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation, 7977 Capwell Drive, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94621; or to Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County, 670 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA 95667.