Robert Fronckoski, 53


August 23, 2007

Robert L. Fronckoski Jr., a longshoreman and former longtime Locust Point resident, died Aug. 16 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being injured while swimming at Ocean City. He was 53.

Mr. Fronckoski, who had lived in Linthicum Heights since 2001, was vacationing with his family in Ocean City at the time of the Aug. 12 accident.

"He was swimming with friends when he rode a wave. What we think happened was that he hit his head on the sand and broke his neck," said his wife of 32 years, the former Donna Bloom.

Mr. Fronckoski, who suffered irreparable spinal cord damage, was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died.

Mr. Fronckoski was born and raised in South Baltimore. He was a 1972 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington.

For the past 34 years, he was a checker with the International Longshoremen's Association Local 953.

A soccer fan and referee, Mr. Fronckoski coached youth and high school teams and officiated at youth, college and professional games.

Known for his outgoing and jovial personality, Mr. Fronckoski enjoyed dressing up and playing Santa Claus for area children.

He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Fronckoski was a communicant of Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

Also surviving are a son, Robert T. Fronckoski of Locust Point; a daughter, Amy M. David of Pasadena; his mother, Joan Fronckoski of Federal Hill; a brother, Gary Fronckoski of the Eastern Shore; and a sister, Nancy Furman of Locust Point.

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