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Francis Giammattei Jr.

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Francis Giammattei Jr. Obituary
Francis Giammattei, Jr.

AGE: 88 • Glen Mills

Frank Giammattei died peacefully at his home on June 8th, with many family members present, after a lengthy decline. Frank (Francis Giammattei, Jr.) was born in Tarrytown, New York on August 3, 1928, the son of Dr. Francis Giammattei and Betsey Presby Giammattei. He graduated from St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware in 1947 where he held leadership roles and the school batting average record of .500 for over fifty years.

He graduated from Yale University and married Helen ILL in 1951 and started working for the DuPont Company. After serving in the Navy in the Civil Engineer Corps he returned to DuPont for the remainder of his working career. A transfer to Michigan moved the family to the Midwest for many busy and creative years. He was a life-long Episcopalian and his faith was a meaningful part of his life. Back in Wilmington and in retirement he served on the vestry and as the Chairman of Buildings and Grounds at Christ Church Christiana Hundred and at St. Andrew's School.

He spent many hours in his workshop making furniture for various members of the family and making workbenches and dollhouses for grandchildren. He liked to have everything in good working order both at home and at their home in Mantoloking, New Jersey. "Poppy fix" was an often-used phrase. He was also an avid golfer and sailor, and he particularly enjoyed being out on Barnegat Bay.

Frank is survived by his wife Helen; his three children: Frank (Pres) (Lindy), Bruce (Amy) and Jane (Lance); ten WONDERFUL grandchildren who are all graduates of Grammy and Poppy's manners camp in Mantoloking and one great-grandson who hopefully will be joined by many more.

A service of the Celebration of Frank's life will be held at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 E. Buck Road, Greenville, DE at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The family would like to thank Maris Grove, Home Instead and Willow Tree Hospice for making Frank's last days as comfortable as possible.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Christ Church Christiana Hundred, St. Simon-by-the-Sea or Willow Tree Hospice 616 E. Cypress St., West Chester, PA.

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Published in The News Journal from June 11 to June 13, 2017
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