Francis Bulcavage

Obituary of Francis Joseph Bulcavage

Francis Joseph Bulcavage passed from this life on Friday October 8, 2021 at Reston Hospital, Reston, Virginia.   He was preceded in death by parents Frank and Connie, sister Carol Ann, infant brother Frederick, brothers-in-law Maurice Hunter and H. Keith Beall, and infant niece Celeste Angela Beall. 


Born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania (PA) on October 31, 1955, he grew up in Mahanoy City, a small town in the coal mining area.  He attended St. Joseph’s Parochial Elementary School.  He completed 1,080 hours training in Data Processing at Schuylkill County Area Vocational Technical School and graduated from Mahanoy Area High School in 1973.  Known as” Joey” in his early PA years, he enjoyed playing pool at the Teen Canteen, intramural basketball, and was a member of the History Club, Pep Club, Student Council and VICA.  


Attending American University in Washington, DC, he graduated in May 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science plus Graduate Level studies.  While in college he enjoyed chess, math, science, basketball, tennis and hanging out with his friends in Georgetown.   


His work experience included extensive technical and executive management roles at the Corporate level.  His career began with Systems Architects, Inc. (9/73-2/78) in Arlington, VA.  Transitioning to Inter Systems, Inc. (ISI) (2/78-7/89), he served as Vice President, Division Director, Project Manager and Senior Systems Architect working on diverse, complex Government and Corporate systems.  ISI work included temporarily residing in Huntsville, Alabama.  He also performed SIR/DBMS software conversion consulting at SIR (USA), Inc. (9/89-2/90) in Illinois.  He completed Boeing Computer Services Company Project Management training in May 1990.  His 28+year Federal Government career with Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC began in February 1990.  Now known as “Frank” he most recently was a Unisys Operating Systems Specialist until his retirement in December 2018. 


Despite long commutes to work, long hours and out of town work, he enjoyed swimming and often hosted pool parties with friends. He enjoyed cycling the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) canal   trail through Virginia as well as attending plays and the theater.  Frank was a dedicated oenophile, always exploring and experimenting with wines.  He loved trying new cuisines and pairing them with different vintages, continuing his gourmet research.  Dining out at new and favorite restaurants was a welcome pleasure until the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 impacted in-restaurant dining.  Studying the stock market was a favorite hobby. 


Residing in Vienna, Virginia for 40+ years,  He was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.  Most holiday weekends he headed to the various East Coast beaches (Rehoboth Beach in particular) with his beach group of friends.  He enjoyed visiting casinos in various states (Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Hard Rock, etc.) trying his luck. He loved traveling including trips to Nassau, Bahamas, Paris, France, New Orleans, etc. as well as visiting family in Oklahoma, Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, etc.  


He always enjoyed the Bulcavage weddings in PA, especially in the earlier years, with the large family of relatives (Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins) at that time.  Many holidays in the Virginia years were spent with long time friend Louise Hunley and her family.   Joey/Frank was a soft-spoken, easy-mannered, generous person, always concerned with his family members well-being. He was a very kind and caring man whose memory will live on with each of us.  But God called his name so softly that only he could hear.  He will be dearly missed by all. 


Surviving are sisters Rosemarie Hunter of Tennessee, Theresa Beall of Florida, and Connie Carter and husband Dale of Oklahoma.  Also niece Terri Lynn and husband Josh Wright, Anthony, Jacob, Ryan and Levi of Nevada, nephew Edwin Hunter and wife Lexi,, Edwin, Jr., Heather,  Katelyn, Hailey  and Ethan of Tennessee, nephew Keith Adam Beall and  wife Rosa of California,  nephew John Carter and wife Tasja and Anna of  Oklahoma as well as numerous other relatives and friends. 


Services are pending and will be held at a later date.      


Adams-Green Funeral Home of Herndon, Virginia handled his cremation services on October 14, 2021.  At a future date final funeral arrangements will be under the direction of Louis Truskowsky Funeral Home in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a future date at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church (formerly St. Joseph’s) with interment in the St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.  


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