William G. Franks Obituary – Poughkeepsie Journal

William George Franks, 90, of Amenia, New York passed away on June 20th 2022 at home following a six-month illness. He was born in Sayre, PA on December 6th, 1931 to the late Florence Van Horn and Paul M. Frank, Sr. On June 27, 1959, he married Barbara Ann Draper at the Athens Methodist Church in Athens PA. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 27th this year. Their honeymoon was a trip to Canada, the first of many. Bill was a graduate of what was then Sayre High School Class of ’51. He was an All Star, All Valley Athlete in all sports, keeping in touch with coaches Weiss, Ksionzak, and Thoren until their deaths. He especially enjoyed remembering and retelling of the All-American East/West game in Tennessee as well as his prized photo with Miss Tennessee presenting him with a watch. He earned a full football scholarship to. St. Bonaventure and graduated in 1955. Speaking of football, he also played for some time with the Pennsylvania Green Shamrocks semi-pro football team. Unable to find local work, he went to work at Wassaic State School, Wassaic, NY (now Taconic DDSO) starting as a Physical Education teacher and ending as a supervisor. While working at Wassaic, he furthered his education in Albany, NY at SUNY New Paltz, NY. He had some special students who participated in Special Olympics in California, Chicago and Boston (twice) proudly bringing back medals each time. Bill loved all sports and followed his teams – PSU football, Giants and Yankees. His children learned early not to plan anything during times of PSU football or U Conn girls’ basketball. “Quiet” was of the essence! For many years, he and his nephew Paul were able to have reserved seats for PSU football and introduced many family and friends to a group from Southern PA and tailgated with them for years. Bill enjoyed travel. He had great memories of going with different friends to Europe, Iceland, Australia, Fiji, Ireland and New Zealand along with many trips throughout the states. He enjoyed every trip but especially Alaska (3) and Hawaii (2). He grew to like bus trips with Wayne and Nan Lowery as well as groups from Marilyn’s Lakeview Travel of Pultney, NY having many adventures while meeting lots of interesting people. Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman out for the last time in November before turning 90. Bill was meticulous going about his lawn, hedge and garden. He took care of Barb’s flower beds after her knee surgery, moaning every time more bulbs arrived. Bill was a loving husband and involved parent with all the children’s activities and school. He always wanted to be involved in “back in PA.” Bill was an active member of the Episcopal Church in Dover Plains, NY and then Christ Church Episcopal in Sharon, CT, joining the Altar Guild with his friend Rick since they were always supporting their wives. Bill remains a faithful member until this year. Bill’s friends and family will miss his smiling face, sense of humor and loving support. We are grateful to have such an abundance of memories of a great guy. He is survived by wife, Barbara (Draper), daughters, Nancy A. Franks of Northville, NY, Mary Beth Franks-Begor and husband Scott of Dover Plains, NY and daughter-in-law, Evelyn A. Franks of Poughkeepsie, NY ; sisters, Florence (Joyce) Millage of Waverly, NY, and Mary Jeanne Chacona of Sayre, PA, sister-in-law Marguerite Franks of Waverly, NY and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by missed, Preston T. Vincent and fiancee, Jessica, Cayleigh A. Vincent and fiancee, Ryan Potter, Andrew N. Franks, Ethan T. Franks, Tara A. Begor, Justin Begor and children. Dearly loved are great grandsons, Colton and Braxton Potter who have just been joined by brother, Weston. Bill was predeceased by brothers, Paul M. Franks Jr. and Robert E. Franks; a daughter Mary Jean Franks, and son, Brian W. Franks. Visitation will be held on Monday June 27th from 4 to 7 pm at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. A Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, June 28th at 11 am at Christ Church Episcopal, 9 South Main Street, Sharon, CT. Memorials may be made to Christ Church Episcopal, 9 South Main Street, Sharon, Ct. 06069 or ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St, Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.

Posted online on June 22, 2022

Published in Poughkeepsie Journal

Service Information


Hufcut Funeral Home, Dover Plains, NY

June 27, 2022 at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Christ Church Episcopal, Sharon, CT

June 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM

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