Edward K. Frank, 86, of Gloversville, passed away early Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady following a brief illness.
Born on May 20, 1926, in Gloversville, he was the only child of the late Karl and Rose (Kiniry) Frank.
Edward was a lifelong resident of Gloversville. He worked for G. Levor & Co. Tanners along side his father prior to studying engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1946 with a major in chemical engineering. He began his engineering career with William McFarland Consulting Engineers of Binghamton as an inspector on the construction of the New York State Thruway. Subsequently he began his employment with the New York State Department of Transportation in 1955 where he worked as a civil engineer until his retirement in 1985. While working for the NYSDOT he worked on a number of significant projects including the NYS Thruway, the Gloversville Arterial Highway Route 30A, Route 30 north through Speculator, and the lower part of Route 30 including construction of the new Amsterdam Bridge crossing. In addition, he was assistant resident and acting resident engineer for Fulton and Montgomery counties 1958-1960.
Mr. Frank was married to his beloved wife of 59 years, Shirley M. (Schreyer) Frank in June of 1953.
Edward enjoyed numerous outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, alpine and cross country skiing. His favorite pastimes were reading, bowling and playing cards, often hosting poker nights for friends at his home. He loved animals, having pet cats and dogs all of his life, his most recent companion, Rascal, the cat, survives him. He was also an avid car lover since ordering his first 1951 Packard until most recently restoring and driving around town in his 1977 Pontiac Trans Am.
Besides his wife, Shirley of Gloversville, he is survived by three children, Linda A. Kiser of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Alan E. (Karen) Frank of Hopewell, N.J. and James E. Frank of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and five grandchildren, Sarah and Bryan Frank of Manhattan, N.Y., Emily Frank of New Hope, Pa., Lisa Frank of Hopewell, N.J., and Jennifer Loux of Atlanta, Ga.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at Ferndale Cemetery, North Perry Street, Johnstown, with the Rev. Dr. R.W. Williams officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to James Brennan Humane Society, 437 Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville, NY 12078.
Arrangements are under the direction of Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville, NY 12078.
Please visit Edward's online memorial and guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.