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Francis “Frank” James Knee
  • September 06, 1928
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  • May 20, 2016

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Francis James Knee 87, of New Smyrna Beach died Friday, May 20, 2016 at home with his family by his side.  Frank was born on September 6, 1928, in the Greenpoint section of Brookly, NY, to Joseph Lawerence Knee and Katharine (Kelly) Knee. He was predeceased by brothers Joseph, Charles, James and Edward.

Frank attended St. Anthony of Padua Grade School and Brooklyn Technical High School where he studied Chemistry. He attended Seton Hall University in the evenings and received a B.S. degree in Chemistry in June 1953. Frank received an MBA from Iona College while working for Liquid Carbonic Corp. His first permanent position was with Celanese Corp. in Summit, NJ. His last position was VP of Marketing at Liquid Carbonic Corp. in Chicago.

Frank  was drafted in the Army in August 1953 as a trainee and received a direct commission as a 2nd Lieutenant the Medical Service Corps. He trained at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and spent 17 months in Korea as an assistant Battalion Surgeon and was discharged in 1956 as a 1st Lieutenant.
He and Irene A. McGarry of Greenpoint were married in 1956. They had four children, Maria Katherine (Mark) Dominquez of Evergreen, CO, Elizabeth Kelly (Shane) Sterne, of Batavia, IL, Susan Moira (Tim) Hoffmann of Naperville, IL, and William Francis (Susan) Knee of Mt. Prospect, IL. Together they had 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Irene predeceased Frank in 1998.
Frank married Peggy Moore in 2003. With this marriage , Frank became stepfather to Garry (Toni) Moore of High Point North Carolina, and step grandfather to 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. They were both members of Sugar Mill Country Club and enjoyed golf, swimming, fishing, traveling and crossword puzzles.

A memorial mass will held 11AM, Thursday May 26, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach with a reception to follow at the Sugar Mill Country Club.


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  1. 25 May 2016
    Elizabeth, Steven, and James MacGeachy says:
    We were very sorry to learn of your Father's passing. Such a lovely man, and we know his traits live on through his children. Lots of support and love to all of you!

  2. 25 May 2016
    Bill and Judy Jenkins says:
    It's been many years but we will always remember Frank fondly. A kind man, with a friendly gentle spirit. Go in peace.

  3. 24 May 2016
    Tom Zimmerman says:
    Mr. Knee was a great man. Always kind, a great father to his children, and husband to Irene. He was wise, showed strength and hard work. I learned a lot from his example of how to be a Christian man, and father. I'm very grateful to have known him.

    Tom Zimmerman

  4. 24 May 2016
    Maureen Brennan Freebairn & Family says:
    Mr. Knee "Frank" was a dear family friend who will be sorely missed. Our families grew up together as next door neighbors in Cress Creek. We had some great times together! We look back on many great memories shared with the Knee Family. Our love and comfort go out to Mary Kate, Beth, Susan, Billy and Peggy. Mr. Knee was a great, fun-loving man and dear friend to all he met. Sending strength and comfort for the difficult days ahead. We love you all.

  5. 24 May 2016
    The Cavanagh Family says:
    We loved reading about Mr Knee's life. What a great man. We are so sorry for your loss. Love to you all. Mike, Patty Katie and Jack Cavanagh

  6. 23 May 2016
    Mike & Grace Caldwell says:
    Frank was a great friend and a pleasure to work with.
    Grace and I will always remember his kindness and genuine caring manner.

  7. 23 May 2016
    Terry & Donna Brennan says:
    Frank was the Greatest ''next-door neighbor'' anyone could ever have ,and a dear friend for the past 45 years....our condolences to the family and prayers to Peggy & the Children

  8. 23 May 2016
    Walter Broderdorf says:
    My dear friend and former boss will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace, Frank.

  9. 22 May 2016
    Nancy and Richard Jesch says:
    Nancy and Richard Jesch of New Smyrna Beach express our sympathy for the family. Our prayers are with you.

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