Franklin J. Vukov, 68, truck driver

October 20, 2003

Franklin J. Vukov, who drove a truck for 17 years for E. Goodwin and Sons, one of the oldest seafood wholesale companies at the seafood market in Jessup, died Oct. 13 at his Brooklyn Park home of lung cancer. He was 68.

Born and raised on Bank Street in East Baltimore, Mr. Vukov, who was known as Frank, attended the former St. Patrick's Catholic School on Broadway. He started working full-time at age 14 in Little Italy and worked all of his life, until the first week of September.

He was a crane operator for more than 24 years for Bethlehem Steel Corp. on Key Highway, and later worked at Merit gas stations with his brother, Anthony Vukov of Dundalk. He also worked as a long-distance truck driver for several years before taking a job at E. Goodwin, where he drove a seafood truck and worked six days a week.

Mr. Vukov, who formerly lived in Dundalk for 25 years and in Riviera Beach for five years, was married for 24 years to Kay Vukov. She died in 1985.

He was a talented carpenter and craftsman, said longtime friend Terry Goss. He also was an avid coin collector and expert puzzle and three-dimensional puzzle maker. He loved to play bingo.

Services were held Friday in Jessup.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by a sister, Mary Vukov of Riviera Beach.

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