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Wappingers - Frank Peter Newman, Jr. 83, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, September 6, 2013. Born October 18, 1929 in New York City, he was the son of Frank P Newman, Sr. and Anna Mortensen Newman.
After graduating from high school in Brooklyn, he joined the Navy in 1948. He was a Photographers Mate and served aboard the USS Midway in the Mediterranean during the Korean Conflict. After leaving the Navy, in 1952, he studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology
where he met his wife, Joan Humeston of Dover Plains. They were married in 1954 and moved to Texas where Frank worked for the Fox Photofinishing Company. In 1963, Frank moved back to New York with his wife and 3 children and worked for IBM for 27 years. Their fourth child was born in Poughkeepsie.
Frank had two main passions - Scouting and Sailing. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 26 and started Troop 67, and a co-ed Explorer Sailing Post. A pioneer in organizing both Boy and Girl Scouts in the first recycling program in Dutchess County, he also served on the Boy Scout District Board. He received the Silver Beaver, Scouting's highest award
In 1968, Frank joined the Chelsea Yacht Club, and bought his first sailboat, Fox's Reward, which he raced every week. His love of the Hudson River grew stronger every year. In his second boat, Sly Fox, Frank traveled up the river through the Erie Canal, and down to the Long Island Sound, and raced at Chelsea. Frank served as Commodore in 1974, and continued to serve the club in many capacities over the years. He loved teaching others how to sail, and especially how to read the river while racing.
In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by his sister, Anne Foster Newman. Along with his loving wife, Joan, he is survived by his four children: Frank III of Graz, Austria, and his wife Maria Newman-Stowasser and their children Christopher and Danella; Joanne Cogswell of Schenectady and her husband Walter, and their children, Ryan, Julianna, and Emily; Roy, of New Fairfield, CT, his children Kyle and Ana; Eric of Wappingers Falls and his children Chelsea and Michael. He is also survived by his former daughters-in-law, Beverly Barter and Suzanne Robinson Newman; his nieces, Brandilynn Dalton and Michelle Arend, both of Texas; his stepsister Barbara Schwed Kissane.
The funeral service will be Wednesday, September 11, at 11AM at the First Presbyterian Church, Wappingers Falls. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018.
Arrangements are being handled by the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home
371 Hooker Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, 2013