Frank Magennis, 95

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 5:45pm
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Frank Magennis, 95, a long-time resident of the island, passed away on January 19, 2021 at the Avalon Health Center (Stoneridge), Mystic, CT.

Frank was born in New York in 1925 and grew up in the northeast. Following military service in WWII and graduation from Fordham University, Frank embarked upon a long and successful career with Mercantile Stores headquartered in NYC. He retired after 30-plus years as the head of Labor Relations though continued to perform consultancy work for a number of years.

While in NYC Frank met the love of his life, Helen. They were married in Queens on November 25, 1950 (the following day’s edition of the New York Times headlined with “Gales and Rain Ravage City Area”). They had 67 years together until the passing of Helen in 2017.

Frank and Helen started their family on Long Island and in the early 60s moved to New Jersey where they raised their family. Subsequently Frank and Helen left New Jersey and moved into an apartment in Tudor City in NYC. After trading in the daily train commute for a 20-minute walk to work, Frank would often comment that they should have done this years earlier.

A chance tip in the early 70s led to a week-long vacation on Block Island. They immediately fell in love with the beauty of the island and the people they met. Ultimately, they built a house on the Neck, resettled on the island and lived there full-time until 2014.

Frank’s passion in life was the ocean and surfing in particular. He continued to ride the waves until he was 75. Through the years he frequented such northeast surfing hot spots as Breezy Point, New York followed by Long Branch, New Jersey and later, but not least, at Mansion, Crescent and Black Rock beaches amongst others. When not surfing locally he travelled down the east coast, visited Puerto Rico and California. When there were no waves, he could often be seen walking the beach even in the most inclement weather. At the end of the day Frank would often indulge his other favorite activity by relaxing to the sounds of classical music; often at a very high volume but always sounding good on his hi-end audio equipment.

Frank is survived four children Maura, Mark, Anne, and Peter in addition to five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date.