The funeral for Frank J. Mace, age 90, 2 Stillman Drive, will be at the O’Leary Funeral Home, 5821 US Hwy11, Canton on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery, Miner St., Canton. Mr. Mace passed away December 16, 2012 under the care of Hospice. Calling hours will be from 3:00pm-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, at the O’Leary Funeral Home.
He was born December 28, 1921 in Pyrites, the son of the late Harry and Violet Mace. He graduated from Canton High School. He attended the Canton ATI electrical program before enlisting in the US Army Air Force during WWII. He served over three years in the 8th Air Force, 447th Bombardment Group (H) stationed in England and was a top-turret gunner and flight engineer on the B-17 bomber APACARFU attaining the rank of Tech Sergeant. Of the original 720 men enlisted to fly 25 bombing missions he was one of 220 that accomplished that goal (70% failed to) thus becoming a member of the “One Lucky Bastard” Club. He flew in 32 bombing missions over Europe including the first daylight bombing of Berlin. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Conspicuous Service Cross, The Air Medal and four Oak Leaf Clusters.
After the War he married Pauline E. Moore of Ogdensburg on July 21, 1945 in St. Gabriel’s Church, Detroit, MI (Mrs. Mace died in 2001). He started an auto body shop at 27 Gouverneur St., Canton and in 1953 founded Mace Motors, Inc. as an Oldsmobile Dealership and in 1958 a Chevrolet franchise was added. After retiring Mr. Mace continued his interest in automobiles as a collector/restorer of classic automobiles. His other interests included baseball, horseshoes, hunting, fishing, poker, golf, auto racing, classic car collecting, country & bluegrass music and he was an avid bowler on numerous area championship bowling teams.
Mr. Mace served 45 years as a director of St. Lawrence AAA and was a State Director for AAA for 25 years. He was a member of the Inlet-Outing and Stillwater Hunting Clubs, past-president of the St. Lawrence Golf & Country Club, past member of the Canton Club, Rotary International, Canton Sportsman’s Club, St. Lawrence County Auto Club, Seaway Cruisers Club, Potsdam Elks, Antique Auto Club of America, the Classic Car Club and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Surviving are three sons and daughter-in-laws, Mike and Karel Ames Mace of Canton, Rick and Christine Gauthier Mace of Colton and Pat and Helen Huntley Mace of Canton; grandchildren include Brian and Debbie Peebles Mace of Ohio, Jodi Mace of Boston, Steven Mace of Miami, Kevin Mace of Canton, and Kaeli, Mary-Kait and Samantha Mace of Canton; two sisters, Flora Smith of Nebraska and Mabel Pritchard of Canton; and two sisters-in-law, Ethel Perkins Mace of Canton and Dorothy Litton of Detroit.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Reggie and Maurice. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care or the Canton Golden Bear Hall of Fame Foundation.
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