William Frederick Frank, age 94, died on March 21, 2020 surrounded by his family. Bill was born in 1925 to Peter and Emma Frank. He graduated from Trenton Catholic High School in Trenton, N.J. in 1943, and from Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., in 1950. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War ll, where he qualified as an expert marksman in rifle.
After the end of the war, Bill attended Catholic University on the G.I. Bill. There, he played quarterback for the Catholic University Cardinals in a leather helmet with no face mask. In college, his cousin Kay set him up on a date with her friend, Marita Rover, who graduated from nearby Trinity College. Bill and Marita were married in 1951 and raised four children in Bethesda, Maryland. He started his career as a communications engineer for the intelligence community. Later, he formed his own company and traveled the world acting as a sales engineer for the same community. He led an interesting life.
Bill was gregarious and personable, and loved being surrounded by family and friends. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time at Surf City in Long Beach Island, N.J. with his own family, his sisters and brother Jean, Peter, and Nancy, and his many nieces and nephews. He was always known as beloved “Uncle Billy,” and children loved to rub his flattop haircut. Bill’s second favorite activity was golf, where he was known for his long drive. When he retired to an over-55 community in Wilmington DE, he brought the neighborhood together by regularly hosting Happy Hour in his garage for all comers. In his honor, a “Bill Frank Memorial Happy Hour” will be celebrated in his garage every year on his birthday.
Bill was always a supportive parent who encouraged his children’s education and participation in sports. For example, he advanced his daughters’ softball careers by teaching them “how to throw like a boy.” He was an usher at St. Jane DeChantal Catholic Church in Bethesda, MD, for many years and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks. All who knew him will miss him terribly.
Bill is predeceased by his daughter, Christine. He is survived by Marita, his wife of 68 years; his children Stephen Frank (Roberta); Maureen Ramsey (Dennis); and Susan Frank Bullock (Jeff); his grandchildren Diana, Bill, Matthew, Ryan, Kate, and Caroline; and his great-grandchildren, Roland and Clementine.
The burial will be held privately. In consideration of the current public health environment, a memorial ceremony and celebration of Bill’s life will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence,4200 Harewood Rd. NE, Washington, D.C. 20017-1554