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Andrew John Frank

May 10, 1930 August 30, 2010
Andrew John Frank
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Andrew John Frank was born May 10, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. A child during the Great Depression, Andy�s father John and mother Helen struggled to provide for he and his older sister Mary. Andy came from humble beginnings and at the age of sixteen his father passed away. While attending Western High School, Andy worked at the Detroit Farmer�s Market to help provide food for his mother and sister. In 1948, his mother married John Gassel, a man who raised Andy as his own. Andy�s childhood shaped the man he became. He appreciated being around his loved ones, desired to provide for family, and believed that through hard work and perseverance anything was possible.

Andy�s successes were inspired in large part by a special girl. While attending High School he fell in love with his future wife Mary. Andy�s smooth and calming voice suited him well as the school�s radio announcer, just as his confidence and charm in wishing Mary a daily good morning over the airwaves suited him well in capturing her heart. After graduating from Western High School, Andy served his country by joining the Marines. Stationed miles away from Mary in Paris Island, South Carolina their distance did not deter their affections. In 1950, Mary and Andy were married; throughout sixty years of marriage their love for one another was endless. Andy truly treasured Mary and provided an example of how a man is supposed to love his wife. As a protector and provider, Andy cherished his five children Drew, Gail, Lynn, Mark, and Wade. His children were blessed to be raised by such a gentle, supportive, and loving man. While his grandchildren are blessed to have known his unconditional love and the pride he shared in each one of their accomplishments.
Although Andy�s life revolved around family, he was a natural businessman and outstanding success. A pioneer in the industry, Andy is fondly remembered as the man with the �Midas� touch. In 1983 he purchased McPherson Oil Company, his knowledge of real estate and way with people turned the small business into a giant success. Andy relished in the art of the deal, people from all walks of life were drawn to his infectious appeal. His fragrant cologne, wingtip shoes, and clean shaven face completed his �corporate� look. In the business world he was a leader and a respected advisor to many. Andy often reflected fondly over the friendships he made, and the people he worked with. He truly enjoyed the companionship of such good people.

Despite all of his successes he was never pretentious and was always generous. His family cherishes memories of poolside barbecues, trips to the theater, and the traditional Christmas Eve celebration. Andrew J. Frank left this Earth August 30, 2010. His comforting persona, larger than life smile, and charisma will be forever missed. He was a father figure to many, showed us each how to treat one another, and brought joy to those fortunate enough to know him. Andy�s friends and family gave his life meaning, but what he did with his time in this world made for a meaningful life. He was a very special man and is deeply missed.

Andy was the beloved husband of the late Mary Carlotta Frank, his sweetheart for over 60 years; loving father of Drew (Kris) Frank, Gail (Richard) Eikelenboom, Lynn (Ali) Razavi, and Mark (Laurie) Frank, and the late Wade Frank (d. 2009); Grandfather of: Nicholas Frank, the late Jennifer Wilson (d. 1985), Christopher Wilson, Jason (fiance Alicia) Razavi expecting a great-grandbaby, Megan Razavi, Lorri (Alex) Clark, Erica (Devon) Stanforth also expecting a great-granddaughter, Jordon Frank, Aaron Frank, Dana Frank, Sean Frank, and Sarah Frank; Great-grandfather of: Graham Clark; Brother of the late Mary (Joseph) Spiteri; Uncle of Nancy (Tom) Broadbent; Great-uncle of Alex & Emma. Andy is also survived by extended family and many dear friends.

Memorial contributions encouraged to American Liver Foundation-Great Lakes Division, 67 E. Madison St., Suite 1614, Chicago, IL 60603.

For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Brighton, at 810.229.2905.

Click on the above image to download a pdf version of Mr. Frank's Memorial Folder


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