WWII Vet Frank passed away suddenly last Saturday Jul 31. There was a lot more to Frank than many of us knew.
His obituary appeared in today’s Daily Local Newspaper.
Francis J. ‘Frank’ McDermott of West Chester
Francis J. “Frank” McDermott, 84 of West Chester, passed away July 31, 2010.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane McDermott (McKniff), with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.
Born in Philadelphia, April 10, 1926, he was the son of the late Francis A. McDermott and Anna Mahon McDermott.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army 70th Tank Battalion in the European Theater during World War II.
He was a dedicated member of the Chester County Victory Movement http://americansheepdogs.com/
Frank received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University. He began his teaching career at St. Elizabeth’s High School and retired in 1988 after 33 years of teaching high school in Delaware. He coached football, basketball, and directed the theater program.
He was a lifelong, avid fisherman.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sisters, Rita of Cherry Hill, N.J., Anne Clark (Bob) of Bowie, Md., and Marie of Madison, Wis.; proud father of sons, Frank of Athens, Ohio, Paul (Pam) of Tucson, Ariz., and John (Mary Jane) of Landenberg; daughters, Marianne (Ken Cattell) of Downingtown, Kathy of Mystic Island, N.J., and Sue (Tom Hitchner) of Mullica Hill, N.J.; and by nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was predeceased by his sister, Helen McBride; and brother, Joseph.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass at noon Thursday, Aug. 5, at St. Agnes Church, 233 W. Gay St., West Chester, PA 19380. Interment is private. Visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home Inc., 410 N. Church St., West Chester, PA 19380, 610-696-1181, www.DellaFH.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the St. Martins Ministries, Benedictine Sisters, 14259 Benedictine Lane, Ridgley, MD 21660.