Novak, Frank W.
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Frank W. Novak, 88, a lifetime resident of Greenwich, died at his home on July 4. He was predeceased by Grace Frey Novak, his wife of 65 years, who passed away on May 30th.
Mr. Novak was born in 1926 in the section of Greenwich formerly known as East Port Chester and later as Byram. He attended the New Lebanon Grammar School and graduated in January 1940. He attended Greenwich High School and was a member of its last January graduating class, in 1944. During his senior year he enlisted in the Army Reserves and became a cadet in the Army A-12 college program.
He attended Basic Infantry Training at Camp Wheeler in Georgia and was assigned to the anti-tank company of the Sixty-Ninth Infantry Division at Camp Shelby, MS. The division was shipped to England in November 1944 and to Europe in December, where it went into action in the Battle of the Bulge. During the course of the war Mr. Novak, who was a bazooka man, received the Combat Infantryman's badge and three battle stars for the Battle of the Bulge, the Battle of the Rhine and the Battle of Central Germany. He was also awarded the Bronze Star for valor. When the war ended, he was transferred to an ordnance company in the Army of Occupation and advanced to the rank of First Sergeant before his 21st birthday, making him one of the youngest ever to hold this rank with former combat troops.
When he returned from service, he attended the Fort Trumbull branch of the University of Connecticut for two and one-half years before transferring to the University of Alabama, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951. He returned to the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he completed his master's degree requirements two years later.
Mr. Novak began his business career as a copywriter with the Benton and Bowles advertising agency in New York. He joined Panasonic in February 1971 and rose through numerous positions in the company until his retirement in June 1993 as General Manager and Director of Advertising, Public Relations and Customer Relations.
Mr. Novak was past commander and chaplain of American Legion Post #29 in Greenwich. He was also a member of the American Legion Drum Corps, the Greenwich War Memorial Committee, and the Valiant Masonic Lodge of Port Chester, NY.
He is survived by his daughters, Nancie Novak of New York City and Lisa Novak-Cardone of Portsmouth, RI, and three granddaughters - Alyssa Cardone-Ryer of Kittery, ME, Emilie Cardone of Albany, NY and Maria Cardone of Portsmouth, RI. He was predeceased by two brothers, Stephen and Richard, both of Greenwich.
A small graveside ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 12. Memorials in Mr. Novak's name can be made to the Banksville Independent Fire Company, 33 Bedford-Banksville Rd, Bedford, NY 10506 or The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, 4 Horseneck Lane, Greenwich, CT 06830-6399.
Published in GreenwichTime on July 10, 2014