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Robert Charles Frank (1924-2023)
A Greatest Generation life well lived.
Robert Charles Frank, 99, of Pittsford, New York, died peacefully, surrounded by family on December, 26th, 2023. He was born in Rochester, New York in 1924 to Ella Marie Uhl and Herman Charles Frank who lived in West Brighton on property that had been in the Frank family since the 1860’s.
Bob worked on the farm, was active in Boy Scouts and graduated from Scottsville High School in 1942. He joined the U.S. Navy to fight for his country in WWII. When he returned to Rochester, he used the GI Bill to earn a business degree at the University of Rochester. He was proud to work at Rochester Gas & Electric for 35 years, retiring in 1985.
Bob met the love of his life, Marlene in 1954 at Brantling Ski Slopes in Sodus. Marlene had fallen and broken her leg and Bob just happened to have a blanket in his car that he gave to her to keep her warm. He then made a visit to her parents’ house to retrieve his blanket and their relationship began. Excited to start their new lives together, they were married in 1955 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran on St. Paul Boulevard in Rochester.
Bob and Marlene couldn’t wait to start a family of their own, and their daughters meant the world to them. Cathleen was born in 1960 and Roberta in 1965. Bob built the house that his family lived in on his property in West Brighton. The family spent summer weekends at their cottage in the 1000 Islands, boating, swimming, water skiing and fishing. Bob also deer hunted every fall with his hunting group, coordinated by his dear friend Sam DeMay. They had many memories and stories to tell about their hunting adventures. Bob was also an active member of several Rotary clubs, devoting his time to serving his community. Bob’s hobbies included building and renovating properties, fishing in the 1000 Islands and Seneca Lake, piloting a single engine plane, going to Fly-In breakfasts at local airports with Bob Werner and his family, traveling, RV-ing across the U.S. and playing golf, where he actually got a hole in one!
Bob will always be remembered for his genuineness and the way that he shared his skills with others.
We couldn’t have asked for a better husband and father, and we will miss him every day. His memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved him.
Bob is survived by his wife Marlene, daughters Cathleen, her husband Mark Bankes, their son Ian, and Roberta Korich and her children, Nicholas and Abigail.
Celebration of Life at the convenience of the family.
Donations to Veterans of Foreign Wars (DONATE) to honor Bob’s military service would be greatly appreciated.