FRANCOIS JOSEPH GHOSN

Francois Joseph Ghosn (Frank), 89, died June 7, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Jeannette (Jan) of 61 years, his five kids: Tony (Patti) Ghosn, John (Ronda) Ghosn, Mike (Carolyn) Ghosn, David (Shelley) Ghosn & Mary Jo (Garin) Andrews, his eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, brothers George (Karolyn) Ghosn, Paul (Ruth) Ghosn and sister Therese Warrick. He is proceeded in death by his grandson Tyler John Ghosn, brother Michele Ghosn and brother-in-law David Warrick.

Frank was born November 2nd, 1929 to Ghosn Tonias Wassaf Ghosn and Marie Rose Abushabki. His father was a very respected Lebanese immigrant, merchant, mayor and postmaster in Mossyrock, Washington. He was the oldest of five, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Frank loved planes and dreamed of being a pilot. He soloed at 17, but after a serious eye injury in the service; his dreams of flying were dashed. Frank was drafted into the Signal Corp during the Korean war, studied business at the UW in 1949/50 and played saxophone for the UW Marching Band.

It became obvious that he bore the entrepreneurial passion of his father, and in the little town of Mossyrock; he turned his passion for electronics, into a TV sales and service shop. He built and ran a mobile home park, joined his brother in a logging truck business, and helped to run his father’s Cannery, Theater and Hotel along with his brothers and sister.

In 1963 at the age of 34, he traveled to the then small town of Bellevue. Here, he invested in a run-down piece of property, once the landing area of the Mercer Island ferry, then a port of maintenance for whaling boats. Many long days and nights were poured into this “ill-advised” purchase that soon became the Bellevue Yacht Basin, a very successful marina in Meydenbauer bay.

When he wasn’t with his family, or working on the docks with his kids, Frank was selling restaurant equipment for the Dohrmann Hotel Supply Co. He had great relationships with many of the area’s public figures and proprietors and was well respected in the industry.

In 1994 the marina was sold to the city of Bellevue. He retired in 2000 and in 2008 began his 10 years as a Docent, giving tours at the Museum of Flight.

Frank was an excellent skipper. He boated with Jan, family and friends from July to the end of August every year for 40 years. Though they loved to travel, and traveled the world together, they were most relaxed at sea.

Frank was a devout Catholic and honored God in everything he did. He was a kind and gentle man who was loved by all that knew him. He will be greatly missed.

A Funeral Mass will be held on June 27th at 1:00 pm at the St. Louise Catholic Church, 141 156th Ave SE, Bellevue WA. 98007, reception to follow in the church hall.

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