The Community Mourns The Loss of Eric Franco– Father, Coach, and Mentor


Eric Brian Franco, 46, of Burtonsville, Maryland passed away peacefully on November 20, 2023. He is described as a loving father to his two children and was a cherished member of the local community as a youth football coach and mentor. A GoFundMe has been started for his children and their future.

Eric worked with Burtonsville community member Dave Golden to tell the story of the Olney Bears 12U team beating the odds to win the 2021 CCYFCL Super Bowl right here on The MoCoShow. His family owns Burtonsville restaurant Cuba De Ayer, which announced they’ll be closing early on Sunday, November 26th, with viewing and funeral service arrangements available below:

Dear Customers, we would like to inform you that we will be closing early this Sunday, November 26th due to the passing of a family member.

Our hours of operation will be 11:30-4pm with a last seating at 3pm. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, November 28th.We deeply appreciate your ongoing support and are truly grateful for it.

“As a coach, he left a lasting legacy, having won several football championships with the Olney Boys and Girls Club. As a mentor, he helped shape the lives of many of the youth he coached and as a friend to many in the Montgomery County area, he was deeply loved for his kindness, loyalty and how truly genuine he was.”

Per his obituary, Eric “is survived by his parents Gerardo and Pilar Franco; Sisters Annie, Jessica and Erika; Brothers Bryant, Alex, Alan, Adrian and Steven; Stepmom Sylvia, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins. aunts, uncles and friends.

Eric is also survived by his two beloved children, Eric Jr and Arianna Franco. His true joy and deepest love in life came when he became a father to them. They gave meaning to his life and he put everything that he had into loving and raising them. He lived for his kids.

Eric was a deeply rooted family man with a love for them that was unmatched. His bond with his family was extremely special and meant the world to him. Rarely was there a conversation that did not include them or an event Eric went to where he wasn’t with them.

He was also a cherished member of the community. As a coach, he left a lasting legacy, having won several football championships with the Olney Boys and Girls Club. As a mentor, he helped shape the lives of many of the youth he coached and as a friend to many in the Montgomery County area, he was deeply loved for his kindness, loyalty and how truly genuine he was.

Eric made an impact on all he touched, and made us all better. He will be remembered for his love of family, his dedication and loyalty to those he loved, and the special friendships he formed during his lifetime.

His passing leaves a hole, an emptiness, in the hearts of all of those who loved him. He will be deeply missed.

Relatives and friends may join in a Celebration of Life at the William F. Bolger Center, in the Stained Glass Hall, 9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac, MD 20854 on Sunday, November 26, 2023, from 2 to 4 pm. Graveside Service and Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20906 on Monday, November 27, 2023 at 12 noon.”

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