Frank D. Casale

July 7, 1971September 15, 2020

Frank D. Casale, a lifelong resident of Bloomfield passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at the age of 49.

Born in Newark to Elaine and Frank Casale, Frank made a career for himself in Education.

He earned a degree in Sports Administration from St. John’s University in New York before attending Graduate School at Rutgers University in Newark earning Masters Degrees in English Literature, History, and Philosophy. Frank furthered his education by earning his Doctorate in English Literature from CUNY in New York.

Frank was an English Professor at Morgan State University, Nova University, and most recently Elite Prep School in Somerset.

He was a poker enthusiast who authored many books and articles on the game and appeared as an extra in the movie “The Joker” and on TV in “The Deuce”.

Frank was the devoted son of Elaine (nee Donnelly) and the late Frank A. Casale, loving brother of Anthony Casale and his wife Barbara Ann, and cherished uncle of Anthony, Justina, and Jordyn. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his beloved pets Darth Vader and Caesar.

A Memorial Mass will be offered on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 10 am in Sacred Heart Church, 76 Broad Street in Bloomfield.


  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, September 19, 2020


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Aron Fischman

September 19, 2020

1988, BHS Psychology class
Mrs. Fitzsimmons: "What's the most important trait in a person?"
Frank: "Loyalty."

Summer 2018, The Casale Home
Me: "Frank, what are your latest words of wisdom?"
Frank: "There are no words of wisdom. It's all vanity."

We miss you man! You were a gentleman and a scholar. Thanks for all the memories.

Jennifer Lipinski-Hagerty

September 19, 2020

Frank and I went to high school together. He was funny, intelligent, charismatic - and most importantly, a great friend who would help anyone in need. I can recall so many great memories of him. He was a loyal Bloomfield High School girls basketball fan and would come cheer us on all the time. He was even part of a group that would paint the letters "Bengals" on their chest and taunt the other team while they tried to make their free throws. I would look forward to going to my cousin Bobby and Donna's house for Christmas Eve because he'd always walk across the street and come visit. I am so saddened that he has been taken from us way too soon. I will forever be grateful for our friendship. Sending my condolences to Mrs. C, Anthony and their family. Rest easy dear friend...

Carpl Morales

September 19, 2020

My deepest and heartfelt thoughts are with you Elaine and family. I have many wonderful memories over these many years. I remember when big Frank called Joe and I to say "it's a boy". You raised 2 wonderful young men. Frank will always be in my heart. Rest peacefully

Richard &Charlotte Bosco

September 18, 2020

Frank you will be really missed by all family &friends we had great memories in our neighborhood Wildwood &block parties you calling me to come get you when your Cadillac got stuck in Montclair you were taken too soon from all of us I will also remember when you use to tell your mom call Charlotte I was there to help you out with her haha Rest in Peace. Love RICHARD AND CHARLOTTE BOSCO

Chris Meusel

September 18, 2020

We had one of my longest friendships, since grade school. I spent endless hours at his house, I called his mother Mom, we spent most of our adolescence together learning computers (games), playing cards, D&D, pool, and going on our first solo vacations together. Much of who I am was forged with him. Though we didn’t live near as we became adults, we texted somewhat regularly and I visited him a few times in Baltimore before he moved back to Jersey. I miss him terribly, it was too soon. He was ridiculously smart, had a fantastic soul and loved educating anyone and everyone. If you ever hear me laugh with a high pitched “hee hee” I got that from him.

Jim Joedicke

September 17, 2020

I only knew Frank as Novum....he was a paladin in our Regular D and D game. We played four hours every Sunday evening for over a year and a half. His charisma, intellect, and passion shined through the character he developed.

Farewell Novum. You will be missed in the Dark Alliance. I won’t feel as safe without you next to me on the front lines. You were true to your virtues and deserve a heroes send off.

Your friend and Dwarven Cleric,
Mel Claptrap

Theresa Borgese

September 17, 2020

Just unbelievable still. While we were in homeroom together since the 7th grade, we got to know each other in our 30’s during summer parties at the Garner’s and annual holiday events. I always knew he was crazy smart, and in those years his small encouragements to pursue my master’s really stayed with me. Another year would pass, our friends would all be having kids and over birthday cake, Frank would ask, “You get your master’s yet, Tree??” It’s a rare kind of man who can know you young—all loud and high hair and called to the principal every other morning, but not keep you there and small!! Another year would pass, both of us nearing 40 and over Xmas grab bag gifts, Frank would ask “You get your doctorate yet, Tree?? Xoxoxoxxoxoxoxo I can only imagine the amazing teacher he was to his students and all the lives he inspired to do hard things. Thank you!!! See you on the other side, buddy.
My heartfelt condolences,
Theresa Borgese, MFA, D.Litt.

David Reiss

September 17, 2020

There was no one I know that had a greater thirst for knowledge and life adventures than Dr. Frank did. I always addressed him as “Dr. Frank” because I respected him so much for so many reasons….from high school where I got to know him a little through mutual friends…through college years when we really got to know each other and shared countless laughs…..through his trips to Washington, DC to visit and then live with me when he started teaching at Morgan State….through my trips to Baltimore when he moved to be closer to work….every moment was an adventure filled with laughs and surprises. And through it all, during our long discussions, Frank would always bring up items he learned through his voracious reading and share it with me in a way that always tied the topics together……always the teacher for anyone willing to listen and learn. Dr. Frank will live on through our shared stories; every one of them showing his generosity, his intelligent but relatable humor, and his deep unconditional friendship.

Henry Coslick

September 17, 2020

Dr. Frank Casale was our finest teacher. There are no unkind words spoken about this man. His memory lives on in the lives he touched and the students he inspired. His kindness was a boon to all around him. I was honored to know him.

Lisa CASSILLI (Santosuosso)

September 17, 2020

Frank was a brilliant person and a beautiful soul. We attended Fairview School together as babies and shared classes together through high school. I affectionately called him “Feathers” due to his hairstyle when we were young. He was a cool cat, and a true gentleman. I was lucky enough to work with his beautiful mom Elaine at Nutley High School until she retired. She adores her sons and often shared with me Frank’s life experiences and passion for learning. The world became a sadder place the day Frank passed. May Elaine and Anthony find comfort in knowing that he will be missed by many and his memory will live on forever.


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