Francis Xavier Stone, 88, of Bridgewater, NJ, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019 at his home. He was born in New York City on May 29, 1931 to the late Agnes McNamara and Charles Henry Stone.
Frank graduated from Chamanade High School in Mineola, NY, and then went on to get his degree in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University. His entire career was as a Chemical Engineer until he retired in 1993 from Calgon Carbon. Prior to that he served as Head Plant Engineer at Merck in Puerto Rico, as well as various positions with Merck in the US and Canada.
Frank proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany where he was also part of the Fancy Drill Team.
Frank married the love of his life, Camille Marie Basile, in Bradford, PA on October 1, 1960.
Beloved husband for 58 years to Camille, they had five children. He was the much-adored father of Michelle Stone Weaver and her husband Ned Weaver of Chagrin Falls, OH, Mark Stone of Arlington, VA, Maureen Stone Hoff and her husband Mark Hoff of Bedminster, NJ, Thomas Stone and his wife Erika of Bridgeville, PA and Melissa Stone Mangham and her husband Colin Mangham of Los Angeles, CA. He had eight beloved grandchildren: Garrett, Elliott, Grant, Luke, Sydney, Alexandra, Phoebe and Fox Henry. He was preceded in death by his older brother Charles.
Frank’s most striking quality was his positive and gentle nature and soothing temperament, rarely raising his voice or losing his temper with family, friends or strangers. He was funny, kind, talented and smart and known to be the ultimate gentleman.
He was happiest with his family and on the links. And when he could combine those two things he was thrilled! As an avid golfer he began as Jr. Club Champion at Wheatley Hills in New York then went on to be Club Champion at Penn hills in Bradford and spent countless hours with his family at Montour Heights Country Club in Moon.
He was also a master craftsman of beautiful furniture and his children remember fondly the sound of his tools and the smell of saw dust in his workshop in their home.
He then began building model airplanes, mostly of war planes including his favorite Gull Winged Corsair. He was still working on a model, with the help of his daughter, up to the day before he passed. He also loved his model railroads and all of his children knew where to find the local hobby shops in their respective towns!
Sports fan? Baseball! He loved the Brooklyn Dodgers during their time, but his favorite team was the NY Mets whom he followed religiously.
Frank won his battle with illness and left this world with grace and on his own terms and will be so tremendously missed by his entire family. May he rest in peace.
Please meet at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1 Parish Place, Moon Township, PA 15108 for Mass on Friday , June 14, 2019 at 11 AM. Father Frank Kurimsky, celebrant. Burial with full Military Honors will follow at 1:30 PM at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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