NORTH, Frank Randolph Sr. 61, went home to be with his beloved Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after an eight month battle with cancer. Frank, a ninth generation American, was born in Washington, DC, July 31, 1951. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Billie Webb Miller and Lt. Col. William Herbert North, USAF (RET.); and a brother, Edward Senecal North. He is survived by Diane Hussnatter North, his best friend, absolute love of his life and wife of 31 years. Diane loves the Lord with all her heart and soul and held on so tight to Frank until the gates to heaven swung open for him to join those who have gone before him. Frank is survived by his son, Frank Randolph 'Chip' North Jr., of Louisville, KY; daughter, Kristin North Kite-Powell; his son-in-law, Rodney Harmon Kite-Powell; and his grandson, Lucas Charles Howes; his brothers, William Herbert 'Skip' North Jr., his wife, JoGaile Williams North, of St. Petersburg, and Robert Johnson North and his wife, Barbara Konton North, of Tampa. He enjoyed a successful career of over 40 years in photography, advertising, marketing and communications in Tampa, New York City and the NY metropolitan area. Frank got great satisfaction from serving as a trustee or director on the boards of several non-profit organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area including The Spring of Tampa Bay (as an officer of the board and on-call driver for 9 years), Gulf Coast Museum of Art, SERVE (School Enrichment Resource Volunteers in Education), United Way of Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay History Center for 11 years (secretary and chair of two committees- USF and Marketing) and is a Lifetime Member of the Tampa Historical Society. For seven years he was editor of The Sunland Tribune, journal of the Tampa Historical Society, and was the society's president for three terms. He received the 2003 D.B. McKay Award from the Society in recognition of his contributions to and enduring passion for Florida history. He was on the advisory board or taskforce of several community and non-profit organizations including Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa, University of South Florida/Institute for Research in Art (Contemporary Art Museum and GraphicsStudio), Florida Blood Services Foundation, and Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries. Frank enjoyed his involvement in politics and Republican campaigns and volunteered as a campaign advance representative beginning with Gov. Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination in 1976. His real joy came from meeting and working with so many fascinating individuals. Beginning in 2004, Frank volunteered to work with the White House Office of Presidential Advance, to provide press and site advance work for official and campaign presidential trips including the six major hurricanes that struck parts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana in 2004 and 2005. He was asked to travel in support of the President's and First Lady's international trip to Accra, Ghana during a 5-nation visit to Africa in 2008. In May 2007, he volunteered for 17 months for John McCain's 2008 Republican presidential primary and general campaign. Frank last worked as an Advance Representative for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich's bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Frank enjoyed his hobbies and collecting a wide variety of things. His interests over many years included the study of his family genealogy - which he loved sharing with his children - political memorabilia, photography, cameras, books and vintage cars. Frank was an active member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church for over 20 years. He was involved with the church communications committee for many years and especially enjoyed teaching bible classes including the Disciple Bible Study series. Memorial services will be held at 1 pm, on Wednesday, April 3rd, in the sanctuary, and a reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to one of the following charities: Tampa Bay History Center, Hyde Park United Methodist Church traditional music ministry or the Hillsborough House of Hope. Please sign the online guestbook at www.BlountCurry MacDill.com.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 2, 2013