Terry Lee Francisco
Terry Lee Francisco
  • May 14, 1939 - September 12, 2017
  • Lanham, Maryland

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Terry Lee Francisco, also referred to by many as "Cisco", was born in Bluefield, West Virginia on May 14, 1939, to the late Amos and Maxine Francisco. He was the second to the oldest of three brothers and several step-brothers and sisters.

At a young age, Terry was destined to be an artist. He enjoyed drawing cartoons and created little books that when flipping the pages displayed like a movie and was often selected to create artwork for his school and local community. After graduating from Park Central High School, he moved to Washington, D.C. in pursuit of a more fulfilled life with endless opportunities. After various employments, Terry took the examination for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department and was appointed on December 17, 1961. He was a member of Class #170, initially assigned to Engine Company No. 21. During his fire-fighting career he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where he ranked #1 on the promotion list, then to Lieutenant, Captain, eventually retiring as Battalion Fire Chief after almost 33 years of dedicated service.

Throughout his career, Terry was a leader, motivator, counselor, negotiator, mentor, father figure and was greatly admired and respected by others. He encouraged and succeeded in helping other young aspiring firefighters to achieve their goals.

Terry's work did not stop when he retired from the Fire Department. He is a Master Mason, Prince Hall Affiliated & Shriner and belonged to Redemption Lodge #24 and Mecca Temple #10. He was an avid bowler, playing in at least three leagues every season, enjoyed playing softball, was a meticulous gardener, and a lover of aquariums owning many exotic fish.

Known as "Cisco the artist" he began to spend more time with his roots and true passion of painting, where he created many colorful wall murals and acrylic paintings for himself and others.

Terry departed this life on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 after several months of hospitalization and hospice care. He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife Emma (Jean), ex-wife Alice, daughters Marcia, Alicia, and LaTosha, son Derek, grand-children, Maya, Derek, Hanna, Leanna, and a host family members and friends.