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James L. Frank

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James L. Frank GRAFTON, N.Y. James L. Frank, 66, of Grafton went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at the V.A. Hospital in Albany, following a lengthy illness.Born in Fort Myers, Fla., son of the late Paul W. and Venetta Corbin Frank, he was raised and educated in Grafton, and attended the Berlin Central Schools. Following high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as a helicopter mechanic, and was honorable discharged. Mr. Frank worked most of his life as a carpenter and a mechanic, and also served as caretaker of the Forest Lake Park Association for 25 years, retiring from his service in the maintenance department at the Grafton Lakes State Park. He also served on the board of directors of the Grafton Town Library. In recent years, he was accompanied by his last dog, Ralph, whom he considered to be a real pal.He also enjoyed reading, photography, gardening and travel. Mr. Frank was an active member of the Grafton Baptist Church, having served with a puppet ministry outreach, sang with the choir and also as a special music presenter, taught the adult Bible class, and served on the Board of Trustees. In addition to his church service, he served as a lay speaker and volunteer at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, and was supportive of many other Christian ministries. He leaves two brothers and one sister, and their spouses, Paul D. and Patricia Frank of White Creek, Richard G. and Bonnie Frank of Stillwater, and Christina and Wayne Schillinger of Grafton; an aunt, Janet Frank of Hagerstown, Md.; nine nieces and nephews, and 12 great-nieces and nephews. MEMORIAL NOTICE: His memorial service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Grafton Baptist Church, 11 Owens Road (at the Town Square), in Grafton with the Rev. Jason White, pastor, officiating. Contributions in memory of Jim Frank may be made to either the Grafton Baptist Church, c/o 451 County Route 85, Cropseyville, NY 12052; or Peppertree Rescue, P.O. Box 2396, Albany, NY 12220-0396. E-mail: [email protected] Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the MORRIS - STEBBINS - MINER & SANVIDGE FUNERAL HOME, 312 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180. Phone: (518) 272-5802.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 4, 2009
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