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Frank Thomas Sprogell, 94, beloved husband of Janice (Brennan) Sprogell, devoted father of Katherine Elovich and her husband Steve of West Hartford, Sarah Sprogell of Freeport ME, and Mary Kenslea of Needham MA, died October 5, 2011 at St. Mary Home, West Hartford. He had resided at the McAuley with his wife since 2006, and prior to that on Linwold Drive, West Hartford since 1963. Born in Philadelphia, on April 24, 1917 to Frank Thomas and Helen (Donnelly) Sprogell, Frank attended the University of Michigan. Upon graduating, Frank was one of only five engineers hired by the aircraft industry during 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II. After 42 years of service to Pratt & Whitney Aircraft division of United Technologies, he retired in 1981 as Vice President of Product Support. In earlier years, he created the architectural plans and the landscape design for the family's first home on Grant Hill Road in Bloomfield. As a young man, Frank enjoyed taking the ski train to Mt. Killington, sharing ownership of a motorcycle, and building a sailboat inside a summer cottage that he and his bachelor friends rented on Lake Terramuggus, CT. The son of a professional golfer who was a founder of the Professional Golf Association, Frank began swinging a club at the age of four and became an excellent golfer with a handicap of five. He joined Wampanoag Country Club in 1959, and was named an honorary lifetime member in 2010. He was a former member of the Canoe Club. In addition to his wife and three daughters, Frank leaves four loving grandchildren, Agostino Petrillo of Northampton MA, Dominic Petrillo of Freeport ME, Sarah Elovich of San Francisco, and Charles Kenslea of Needham MA, as well as five beautiful great grandchildren. He is also survived by a niece, Mary Ann McKeiver of Grand Rapids MI, and a nephew Joseph Rademaker of Chicago. He was predeceased by his sister Dorothy and his brother Donald.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a future date. Molloy funeral Home has charge of arrangements. www.molloyfuneralhome.com Charitable donations may be made to Food Share www.foodshare.org

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 16, 2011
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