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Mr. Richard Frank
  • August 12, 1931
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  • November 09, 2022

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Richard Leo “Dick” Frank, passed away on November 9, 2022, in Ocala, Fla. while under the care of Hospice of Marion County and Ocala Oaks Rehabilitation Center.

The son of the late Marion and Paul Frank, he was born August 12, 1931, in Utica, N.Y. A star athlete at Utica Free Academy, Dick was one of the first black police officers in Utica. After retiring from the police department, he owned a jazz club, Birdland, in Utica for several years during the 1960s and1970s. He later worked at Utica College (now Utica University) for many years in various roles, including director of student activities, assistant dean of students, and liaison recruiter.

Dick is survived by his daughters, Paula Workman (and her husband, Edward Workman) of Ocala, Karen Reed of Ocala, Jacqueline Jones of Jacksonville, Fla, Marion Frank-Smith of Atlanta, GA., and Florence Patterson of Charlotte, NC.; his grandchildren, Michele and Michael Workman; Thomas, Richard and Roderick Reed; Ronnie and Monique Hanley, Candace Dabney, Felicia Foster, Renee Frank, Amanda Bennett, and Bryanna Patterson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Johnson “Jackie” Frank and Robert Moorehand, and his daughters, Richarl Roberts and Felicia Frank.


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  1. Dr. William Oliver says:
    23 Nov 2022
    Condolences to the Frank family. As you know your Dad, Richard "Dickey" Frank was a great Man. So thankful I was able to visit him at his home in Utica several years ago and thank him for all he had done for me over the years.
    Dr. William Oliver
    Indiana University

  2. Paulette Brown-Haithcox lit a candle:
    18 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 18, 2022 at 11:39:52 AM

  3. Marilyn Betton Whitehurst says:
    17 Nov 2022
    To my dear friend, Flori, and the entire family of Mr. Dickie Frank and all who loved him, you have my sympathy and prayers.

  4. Shon Ellis says:
    17 Nov 2022
    Rest well Mr. Dickie Frank and know that your unwavering kindness touched many lives including mine. My visit to Utica as a teenager helped me to understand and see successful entrepreneurs that looked like me. Your words of encouragement, your devotion to ensuring that many of us attain collegiate degrees, and your quiet swag were priceless. Forever grateful to know you and know that you will truly be missed!

  5. Diane Tanner lit a candle:
    17 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 17, 2022 at 11:30:37 AM

  6. Diane Tanner lit a candle:
    17 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 17, 2022 at 11:29:59 AM

  7. Dawn Winston says:
    15 Nov 2022
    Suncere condolences to the families of Richard "Dickinson Frank. Sending prayers of healing and comfort ❤

  8. The Bennett Family lit a candle:
    15 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 15, 2022 at 11:27:14 PM

  9. Sonny and Terri Donaldson lit a candle:
    15 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 15, 2022 at 11:40:48 AM

  10. Wade and Angela Cherry lit a candle:
    15 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 15, 2022 at 11:53:49 AM

  11. Paula Frank-Workman says:
    14 Nov 2022
    Dad,
    You fought the good fight, lived life on your own terms and raised some amazing daughters.
    You told me you were planning a golf tournament. I know you are on the course hitting them long and straight
    I was supposed to give you a haircut and now I can't. I'll miss you calling me "Ole Lady"
    I will always Love You and Thanks for being my dad

    Paula

  12. Dorothy Holloway says:
    14 Nov 2022
    My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of such a wonderful man who gained his heavenly wings.

  13. Dorothy Holloway lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:17:08 PM

  14. Bessie Clayton lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:58:05 PM

  15. Charisse Blackshear says:
    14 Nov 2022
    Love you uncle Dickie. R.i.P

  16. Stacey Norton lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:32:53 PM

  17. Charisse Blackshear lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:26:55 PM

  18. LONNIE BROWN lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:03:01 PM

  19. Sharon Guilford lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:34:47 PM

  20. Sharon Guilford says:
    14 Nov 2022
    My condolences to the family

  21. Norma Pittman lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:30:48 PM

  22. Norma Pittman lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:29:00 PM

  23. Jai R Dorsey Sr says:
    14 Nov 2022
    I am forever indebted to Uncle Dickie. Uncle Dickie along with my cousins Carol Crooms and James Blackshear pushed me to make sure I went to college. He also employed me or help me secure jobs to pay for school. Graduating from college changed the trajectory of my life and my family’s. A huge thank you to Marion for giving me the opportunity to tell Uncle Dickie exactly that when they spent time with my family at our home here in Atlanta. He told me how proud he was of me and it meant a great deal to me. As I told you that day Uncle Dickie, thank you and I love you! Godspeed!

  24. Gary E. Frank lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:51:55 PM

  25. Gary E. Frank says:
    14 Nov 2022
    Requiescat in pace, Dickie. Bravo on a full life lived well.

  26. Bernice Brown lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:43:06 PM

  27. Jai R Dorsey Sr lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:32:00 PM

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    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:30:33 PM

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    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:14:54 PM

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    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:39:09 PM

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    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:38:21 PM

  32. Felicha Hanley lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:27:53 PM

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    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:12:31 PM

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    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:11:48 PM

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    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:53:55 AM

  36. Octavia lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:39:16 AM

  37. SUSAN Bynum lit a candle:
    14 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 14, 2022 at 11:21:08 AM

  38. Bonnie Hightower and Family says:
    14 Nov 2022
    Continuous Prayers for the ENTIRE FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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