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Frank J. Dean Jr.

Dean, Frank J. Jr. WATERVLIET Frank J. Dean Jr., 86, died peacefully Friday night, October 11, 2013 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy with his family at his side. Born in Watervliet on June 26, 1927, he was the son of the late Frank J. and Mary Burby Dean Sr. Frank attended Sacred Heart of Mary School and graduated from Watervliet High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea and served aboard the USS Midway. Upon returning home, he was employed by Allegheny Ludlum Steel for a brief period and later by the Norton Company in Watervliet for 31 years as a machinist before retiring in 1990. He also was a delivery person for the Watervliet Pharmacy. Frank loved his family and he loved the Elks. Frank was very active at the Watervliet Lodge of Elks 1500, serving as exalted ruler from 1990 to 91, state vice president in 2002 and serving as a trustee and goodwill ambassador. He was a 60-year member of the Thomas B. Flynn American Legion Post and was a past commander. He was a life member of the Watervliet Knights of Columbus 198. He was a communicant of the former Sacred Heart of Mary Church where he served as an usher and currently was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. He is the beloved husband of 59 years of Jean A. Rogers Dean; loving father of Mary Ann (Tim) Harms of Huntingtown, Md., Kathy Dean of Maplewood, James F. (Stavroula) Dean of Guilderland and Linda J. (Dan) Welcome of Troy; proud grandfather of Jennifer Harms Towne, Melissa Harms Jones, Julie Dean, Mason and Brady Towne, Matthew and Maria Dean; great-grandfather of Dean Harms, Mattingly Towne, Madelyn and Rachel Reedy, brother of Robert (Marcia) Dean of San Antonio, Al (Sally) Dean of Malverne, Australia and the late Donald Dean. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and many friends. The family would like to thank the Eddy Heritage House and Samaritan Hospital nursing staff on floors two, four and six for the wonderful care given to Frank and for making his final days as comfortable as possible. The funeral service will be Wednesday, October16, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet with the Rev. John Tallman and the Rev. James LeFebvre co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with the Elks memorial service at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kids Count, c/o Frank Gilchrist, 614 6th St., Watervliet, NY 12189 or to Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144. Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Oct. 13, 2013
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