"Big Frank" Newman

IMG_8728-1Big Frank, as everyone called, him raced E-Scows with Jim Barr, Doug Dearden, Bruce Hilton and others at SSS for 15 or 16 years. According to Jim Barr, whenever the E-Scows needed a Race Committee, Big Frank volunteered. Doug has shared some photos of Big Frank (who you can’t miss since he is the largest one in the photos). According to Doug, Parkinson disease prevented him joining us in his last years. Other long-time E-Scow sailors also have fond memories of Big Frank. Here is his obit.

Frank Peter Newman, Jr. 83, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, September 6, 2013. Born October 18, 1929 in New York City, he was the son of Frank P Newman, Sr. and Anna Mortensen Newman.

After graduating from High School in Brooklyn, he joined the Navy in 1948. He was a Photographers Mate and served aboard the USS Midway in the Mediterranean during the Korean Conflict. After leaving the Navy, in 1952, he studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology where he met his wife, Joan Humeston of Dover Plains. They were married in 1954 and moved to Texas where Frank worked for the Fox Photofinishing Company. In 1963, Frank moved back to New York with his wife and 3 children and worked for IBM for 27 years. Their fourth child was born in Poughkeepsie.

Frank had two main passions – Scouting and Sailing. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 26 and started Troop 67, and a co-ed Explorer Sailing Post. A pioneer in organizing both Boy and Girl Scouts in the first recycling program in Dutchess County, he also served on the Scout District Board. He received the Silver Beaver, Scouting's highest award

In 1968, Frank joined the Chelsea Yacht Club, and bought his first keel boat, Fox's Reward, which he raced every week. His love of the Hudson River grew stronger every year. In his second boat, Sly Fox, Frank traveled up the river through the Erie Canal, and down to the Long Island Sound, as well as racing at Chelsea. Frank served as Commodore of Chelsea Yacht Club in 1974, and continued to serve the club in many capacities over the years. He loved teaching others how to sail, and especially how to read the river while racing.

Nothing made Frank happier than being on his beloved Hudson, and the last few weeks of his life, he visited it nearly every day.

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