Frank W. Diver Jr.

Frank W. Diver Jr.

Frank W. Diver Jr., 83, died at his home in Wilmington on Saturday, May 5, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.

A member of one of Delaware's best-known business families, Mr. Diver was the son of Carolyn Prickett and Frank W. Diver, Sr., who founded the Wilmington automobile agency that bears his name. Frank was a graduate of Wilmington Friends School, where he was president of the class of 1946 and captain of the basketball team. He graduated from Amherst College in 1950, where he captained the golf team and was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity.

Frank enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, and was in training in Texas when he contracted polio. He told friends that the paralyzing disease ended his military career but probably saved his life. As he lay critically ill, the plane on which he was to serve as navigator left Texas without him and was lost with all of its crew in the Pacific. After retiring as a second lieutenant, Frank returned to Wilmington and went to work in the family business, leaving it in 1986 to purchase Overhead Door of Greater Wilmington, which he operated until his retirement in 2011. He was proud of his community service as a long-time member of the board of The Pilot School.

Frank and his wife, the former Jean Martwick of Plainfield, NJ, observed their 60th wedding anniversary last year. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children: Donna Vinton of Chadds Ford, PA; Leslie Diver of Palm Beach, FL; Lori Ehret of Philadelphia, PA; Frank W. Diver III of Wilmington, Jean Diver of Wilmington, and nine grandchildren. He also leaves two sisters, Frances Burt of Morristown, NJ, and Edith Lennox of Wilmington, and three brothers, Clifford, Arthur and Richard, all of Wilmington.

A scratch golfer for many years, Frank set a course record at the Du Pont Country Club while he was still in his teens. He was a member of Wilmington Country Club for many years and a member of the Ozone Club, a 111-year-old Quaker golf organization. He excelled in other sports, including baseball and football while at Friends School. He was also an avid fan, and inherited from his parents a special interest in horse racing, the Sport of Kings, spending many happy Sundays at Delaware Park.

A service and interment will be held on Monday, May 21 at 2 pm at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank's memory may be made to the Seasons Hospice Foundation, 6400 Shafer Ct., Suite 700, Rosemont, IL 60018.

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Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home

Published in The News Journal from May 13 to May 20, 2012