Frank Ernest Schoolmaster, Jr.
August 9, 1946 - June 10, 2013
Resident of Walnut Creek, CA
Frank was born in Long Beach, CA . His father was a career Navy officer. As a young boy, he moved to San Leandro, California, where he graduated from Pacifica High School. After graduating, Frank enlisted in the army. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star for heroism in combat during the Tet Offensive of 1968. After eleven years in the army, he joined the Martinez Police Department where he became a member of the (SWAT team. From 1979 - 1992, he served as supervisor and director of security at Mt Diablo Hospital. Before leaving the Army, Frank met Marie. They were wed in 1974 and became a blended family with his son and her two daughters. Frank continued his education, and in 1992 began teaching science in the elementary grades at The Meher Schools in Lafayette, and later co-taught a preschool classroom with Marie for eight years. Frank's career as a teacher extended over a period of 16 years. Frank met a long struggle with cancer with patience and good cheer. He was preceded in death by his father Frank Schoolmaster, Sr, his mother Virginia Goulart and granddaughter, Megan Bongiorno. He is survived by his wife Marie Schoolmaster, his brother Anthony Goulart III and wife Ardis, sister Alida Charney, son Benjamin Schwenk and wife Michelle, two stepdaughters, Errolyn Trapanese and Karin Bongiorno, son-in-law Mark Trapanese, grandchildren Benjamin Trapanese, Kaelin Rimmelzwaan, Roslyn Trapanese, and Dominic, Nicholas, Jonathan and Matthew Bongiorno, as well as one great granddaughter, Sailor Rimmelzwaan. A celebration of his life will be held in the Fireside Room at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek on July 19th at 3:00 P.M.
Published in Contra Costa Times on June 26, 2013