Jerry F. Francik, a retired General Motors executive, World War II Navy veteran and founder of All Counties Tapping & Testing Inc., died Dec. 1 from multiple organ failure at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
The former longtime Cockeysville resident was 90.
The son of Jaroslav Francik, an American Brewery Co. and Coast Guard mechanic, and Frances Popek Francik, a governess, Jerry Frank Francik was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans.
Mr. Francik lied about his age in order to enlist in the Navy in 1944 when he was 17. He served as an electrician’s mate 2nd class aboard the destroyer USS Moffett and heavy cruiser USS Fall River.
During his Navy days he visited England, Morocco, Panama, Cuba, Midway, Hawaii and was an eyewitness to one of the postwar atomic bomb tests in the Pacific, family members said. He was discharged in 1947.
After leaving the Navy, Mr. Francik studied mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park on the GI Bill, but after three years he was forced to withdraw because of financial difficulties.
He went to work in the design field at the old Glenn L. Martin Co., and later worked at the Westinghouse Electric Corp. and IBM before joining General Motors in 1955 at its Broening Highway assembly plant.
Mr. Francik headed the company’s truck division and assembly line. He was later named director of quality control and plant manager for GM’s truck line division, positions he held until retiring in 1988.
In 1994, he founded All Counties Tapping & Testing Inc., a company that installs taps to water and sewer mains and tests newly installed lines for various utility contractors throughout Maryland, Washington, Northern Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania and Delaware. The company also performs pressure tests, chlorination/flush, core and seal, pipe freezing and vacuum tests.
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Family members said Mr. Francik enjoyed tinkering with things, and it wasn’t uncommon to see him under a car making repairs or working on home improvement projects. He built solar panels to heat his swimming pool years before others used them, they said.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Cockeysville and had been a member of its building committee. He also served on the board of his neighborhood association and the board of the Ocean Time Condominium Association in Ocean City, Md.
Mr. Francik had lived at the Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkvillle since 2015. He enjoyed deep sea fishing and deer hunting in West Virginia with family and friends.
A celebration of life service for Mr. Francik will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22 at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, 2325 York Road, Timonium.
In addition to his wife of 67 years, the former Francis Elaine Mitchell, he is survived by two sons, Robert J. Francik of Cockeysville and William B. Francik of Phoenix, Baltimore County; two daughters, Jacqueline E. Icaboni of Sparks and Dawn E. Goode of Monkton; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.