Frank H. Shank Jr.One of five children born and raised in St. Albans, Queens, Frank joined the Army in 1953. After being wounded, he was discharged in 1954. Mechanically inclined, he made a choice to further his education at Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking in Woodside, Queens. Although it was a two-year course he graduated in nine months and was immediately hired as a junior instructor. He taught adult students from all over the world as well as our beloved veterans the art of watch repair and retired as head instructor in 1996. Frank was one of two Americans chosen to represent the United States at Osaka/Kyoto/Tokyo, Japan in October 1981 at a skill competition in the International Abilympic. Frank had been a member of the American Legion, A 3rd Degree Knight with the KofC and member of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute Inc and American Watchmaking Institute (AWI). Married September 11, 1960, Frank was the loving husband of Maureen (nee Ficken). Frank will be sadly missed by his five children, Frank III & his wife Lisa, John & his wife Robyn, Robert, Annette Horan & her husband David, and Kenneth, as well as his beloved nine grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Along with his wife Maureen they were the founding owners of Cruise Specialists of Long Island. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated for Good Shepherd Hospice, 200 Belle Terre Rd, Port Jefferson, N.Y. 11777 or the Long Island State Veteran's Home 100 Patriots Road, Stonybrook, NY 11790 Funeral Visitation/Wake: Branch Funeral Home, 551 Route 25A, Miller Place, N.Y. 631.744.9700. Visitation, Monday from 7-9 PM and Tuesday 2-5 PM and 7-9 PM. They have a web site if you wish to sign our book, https://www.branchfh.comMass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday 11 AM, St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church,105 Randall Rd, Shoreham NY 11786 (631) 744-2800, Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery, Wading River, N.Y.

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  1. We are so sorry for the loss of Mr. Shank. He will always be remembered as a kind and gentle man with a fun and loving spirit. Only the fondest of memories and love!Mr Shank , you have left behind a piece of your goodness in each of your children, continue to watch over them and your beloved Maureen!! A wonderful family we have been blessed to know…many good times!! Rest easy until we are all reunited and you can greet us with that smile!XO

  2. Maureen and Family:Dee and I were so sorry to hear about Frank. We always had so much fun when we were all together. I know it’s difficult but I’m sure the love that you had for Frank and the support of your large family will help you get through this.LoveDee and Jack Lowack

  3. Dear Shank Family , I am a 1973 graduate of Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking. I LOVED and RESPECTED Frank. When I was studying for my Certified Accutron Technician I was too nervous to open my results. I went to Frank’s bench , and asked him to open my envelope, He looked up and said ‘ You Passed ‘. Love to Your Family. My Sympathy. Larry

  4. Dear Maureen,Our heartfelt sympathy and love for you and your family at this sad time.Frank’s life of service was a gift to so many. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Sam & Pauline

  5. We were very sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. We know this is a very sad and difficult time for your family. We hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all who knew him. We will keep him close in our thoughts and prayers. You have our deepest sympathy.

  6. To The Shank family Please accept our sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your proud, brave, and loving Frank Shank. We are all grateful for his service and sacrifice and for sharing his love and kindness and wisdom all these years. God bless and Rest In Peace Mr. Shank.

  7. candleI was the public relations director for the Joseph Bulova School from 1981-1985. I would watch Frank teach all day long from my open-air office located on a mezzanine just above the main classroom, I am only now learning of his passing. He was a great man and a great teacher. Gruff on the outside with a heart of gold on the inside. A man who led by quiet example, and who pushed his students to bring out the very best in themselves. I memorialized you in my first book, Frank. Your wise words are always on my mind.

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