Thomas F. Frank, a retired Buffalo firefighter, died Saturday (Sept, 18, 1999) in McCauley Residence in the Town of Tonawanda after a lengthy illness. He was 83.
A lifelong resident of Buffalo, Frank was a graduate of Riverside High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Frank was a Buffalo firefighter for 35 years, retiring as a lieutenant in 1978.
He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and the All Saints Senior Citizens group. He was a member of the George Washington Fishing and Camping Club. Frank was an avid collector of stamps and coins and enjoyed gardening. He also enjoyed making wooden ornaments and giving them to his family.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Beryl Martin; three sons, Thomas of Albany, Timothy of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Donald of Kenmore; a daughter, Phyllis Penque of North Tonawanda; two brothers, Frederick of Florida and Carl of the Town of Tonawanda; a sister, Mildred Zavitz; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandsons.
Prayers will be said at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in James E. Grace Funeral Home Inc., 335 Ontario St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. in All Saints Church, Esser Avenue and Henrietta Street. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.