Albert J. Frankel, age 61, of Middletown DE, died suddenly on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
Al was a graduate of St. Marks High School; he received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Delaware and his Masters in Public Administration at Wilmington University.
In high school and college, Al worked as a camp counselor at Camp Wassaqui, where he shared his infectious spirit and love of the outdoors. He was a CYO youth leader for his church, St. John the Beloved. After graduating college, Al worked for University of Delaware Transportation Services, where he also designed the logo for their transit buses. For several summers, he helped manage Tideline Gallery in Rehoboth Beach. Al spent his career working in higher education, beginning as the Scheduling Officer for the University of Delaware. He became Registrar for Wilmington College before moving to Maine, where he was Registrar for the University of New England. He returned to the area as Assistant Registrar for University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Al completed his career at the University of Delaware in the Graduate Services School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy.
Upon retirement, he cherished the opportunity to volunteer his time and talents to his daughter’s Marching Band and Musical Theatre departments at Appoquinimink High School. Al was an involved father who delighted in spending time with Bethany, sharing with her his love of baseball and surfing. For many years he happily worked with her in the cold and snow selling Girl Scout cookies. Al was a proud father who shared his daughter’s accomplishments with all who would listen.
Al was most at peace when in nature, where he enjoyed hiking, camping, and exploring what was around the next bend. He shared many laughs and stories with friends on their annual surf-fishing trips. Al always prioritized adventure; he loved traveling near and far, whether that be east coast, west coast, or through Europe. As a child and through adulthood, he jumped at the opportunity to go to Rehoboth Beach, which he always enjoyed sharing with friends and family. Every summer, Al relaxed in Vermont with his wife and daughter.
Al was an accomplished photographer and painter, gifted with a keen eye for composition. No matter where he went, he could be seen with a camera and a bottle of iced tea in his hand. He was a kind, generous soul with an affinity for helping others and had a unique talent for becoming friends with everyone he met.
Al has returned to be with Our Lord and his loving father Albert Frankel. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother Dorothy Frankel, his loving wife Lisa, and his beloved daughter Bethany. He also is remembered by his sister Dorothy Davis and husband Glenn, brother Bob and Kim Applegate, sister Janice Lehmann and husband Tim; nephews and nieces Kyle and Shradda Davis, Alec Davis and fiancé Julie Keddell, Connor and Parker Lehmann, Bret Katz, Devon and Brooke Gibson, and Heather and Dylan Braun; his extended family, Robin and Steve Katz, Taylor and Liz Gibson, and Claire and Gordon Braun; and his constant companion, the family dog, Griffin.
Al lived his life in service to others, always the first to help when he saw people in need. He was a spiritual man who embodied Christ’s teachings to love one another. Above all, Al cherished time spent with friends and family, choosing to live his life surrounded by those he loved.
A Celebration of Life memorial will be held on Saturday, October 12 at 2:00pm at Silverside Church, 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE. There will be a reception to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bethany Frankel Scholarship Fund, with checks in care of Bethany Frankel.