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Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ

OBITUARY

Frank "Pep" Saul

February 16, 1924November 7, 2019
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Frank “Pep” Saul, aged 95, died peacefully at home on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Visitation will be held on Friday November 15, 2019 from 4:00PM - 8:00PM at Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral Mass on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1:30PM at Saint Philomena's Church, 386 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ.

Born on February 16, 1924 in Oradell and raised in Westwood, NJ; the oldest of eight children, born to Frank B. Saul and Lena (nee Loennecker). He attended Holy Trinity High School and graduated in 1941. While at Holy Trinity he captained both baseball and basketball teams to state championships. He was later named the greatest athlete in the school’s history by the Alumni Association.

After a year at Seton Hall Prep, he continued his education at Seton Hall University in 1942. In March of 1943 he was drafted into the Air Force and was stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii where he served as quarter master and made several All-Service Teams in baseball and basketball.

After being honorably discharged in 1946 Pep returned to Seton Hall to finish his education. While there he captained the basketball team for the next three seasons. The Pirates won 58 of 73 games during those seasons and Pep was the lead scorer for all three seasons. He finished his college career with 1,011 points and was the first Seton Hall player to reach that milestone. In 1949 Pep was selected to play in the East/West All Star game where he was coached by Adolf Rupp.

He was one of the eight original inductees into the Seton Hall University Hall of Fame in June 1973. His number 3 jersey was retired and hangs at Walsh Gym and The Prudential Center in Newark. After graduating from Seton Hall he was drafted in the first round by the NBA’s Rochester Royals in 1949. Pep was the third guard behind Bob Wanzer and Bob Davies; the Royals won the NBA Championship in 1950. In the season of 1951 his contract was purchased by the Baltimore Bullets who then traded him to the Minneapolis Lakers. There he joined Hall of Famers George Mikan, Slater Martin, Vern Mikkelson and Jim Pollard. With his deft ball handling and accurate passing as well as his potent set shot the Lakers won the NBA title for the next three years. Pep and Steve Kerr are the only two players in NBA history who won three championships with two different teams in consecutive seasons. In 1955 Pep suffered a career ending knee injury while playing for the Milwaukee Hawks and retired from basketball to raise his family. In 2004 Pep was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame.

In his off seasons he pitched in semi-pro baseball for the Ogdensburg Owls (1950) and Faribault Lakers (1952-1954). He was twice offered Major League Baseball contracts by the then New York Giants and declined to play. Pep was inducted into the Bergen County Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. After retiring from his athletic career Pep chose a career in insurance, first working for State Farm and then with James E. Wordley Agency before opening his own agency in 1967. After a successful career he sold the business in 1994.

Although, Pep’s athletic accomplishments are notable they do not begin to reveal the essence of the man. He was married for 72 years to Mary (nee Carpenter) and the patriarch of a family of eight children, seventeen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He was a man of character, virtue, sagacity, love, caring, and understanding. Indeed, he has imparted these values upon his entire family. Pep is survived by his loving wife of 72 years Mary Saul (nee Carpenter) and his adoring children, Frank (Sally), Mary Jane Gruppuso, Michael (Jessica), Dr. Pat Saul and Jed Rosen, Elizabeth (Richard) Fleet, Daniel (Loretta), Meg (Daniel) Prosicki and Gerald (Tricia). Pep is also survived by seventeen grandchildren: Anthony, Donna, John, Michael, Beth Ann, Ryan, Kate, Eric, Christopher, Matthew, Andrew, Kevin, Gregory, Jordan, Mark, Brittany and Justin; and fifteen great-grandchildren: John, Luke, Emily, Mason, Kayla, Emma, Jacob, Tyler, Connor, Peyton, Jocelyn, Maegan, Viola, Theodore and Thomas. `Also his in-laws: Madeline (Maddy), Barbara, Leon deStefan, Pat Lawler, Kathryn and Ben Quinn, Michael and Carolyn Carpenter and many nieces and nephews. Pep was pre-deceased by his parents, brothers Benjamin, Charles, William, Martin and Robert, and sisters Ann deStefan and Mary Ann McGill.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to: • Seton Hall Prep - 120 Northfield Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052 C/O Griffin Bridges in memory of Pep Saul- www.shp.org/makeagift

• Pirate Blue Athletic Fund in memory of Frank “Pep” Saul to be directed to the academic support for student-athletes fund. https://advancement.shu.edu/support/pirate-blue-athletic-fund

• You can also send a check and in the memo please put - in memory of Frank “Pep” Saul. Send to: Jay Judge, Seton Hall Athletics, 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange NJ 07079

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Jack Scofield

November 16, 2019

I am sending condolences on behalf of my father, Jack Scofield, a long-time colleague of Pep's in the insurance business. Only last month he again recounted fond stories of his relationship with Pep to us. He is sorry he was unable to attend the services; he's currently a resident of the NJ Firemen's Home in Boonton. The Scofield family will keep Pep and his family in our prayers.

Jack Mount

November 16, 2019

Condolences from the Mount family.

Reenie Garrity Price

November 13, 2019

To each and every Saul,
I am so sorry for your loss. Pep was a really Beautiful Man-always smiling and always with kind words to say. Your tribute to this "larger than life" lovely man is Amazing and the Pictures-so Wonderful!! He was so full of life and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him and spending time with him. Sending all of you so much love!! I feel so fortunate, as does the whole Garrity Clan, to have had Pep in our lives-oh the memories :) You were all so blessed to have him as a Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Sibling, In-Law and Friend.
xo Reenie

Cathy Shoults

November 13, 2019

The Cavanaugh family is so saddened to hear of Pep's passing and send our deepest condolences to Mary and the entire family. A truly great person and beloved friend to my parents, Lee and Posey, and our whole family. He will be missed.
Love,
Cathy and Gino Shoults

Michael Cocco

November 13, 2019

Jerry,

Wanted to express my sincerest condolences on your loss. I remember your dad from when we were in high school and of course as a legend at Seton Hall. May he Rest in Peace.

Mike Cocco

Mary Ellen Dowd

November 10, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to Mary, Beth, and the whole "Saul" family. Though I didn't know Pep very well, I share many musical memories with Mary and Beth, and wish God's blessings and peace on you and your families at this sad time. I'm sure Pep is visiting with my Mom and Dad, along with the many people whose lives he touched, even as I write this! God bless Pep and this wonderful family.

Harry Damuag

November 10, 2019

I'm so grateful and thankful to have known Pep and his family. I am Pep's aide for more than a year, he had a beautifful soul.. I asked him one time, "Pep why are you so good to me?" his answer was " I was just trying be a human being" that answer brought tears to my eyes.. I love you Pep, i know you are in a great place right now, God bless you and my condolences to the family, love you guys!!!

VITO GRUPPUSO

November 9, 2019

Everyone knew him as 'Pep'...I was fortunate to have known him as my father-in-law and one of the most outstanding individuals that I have ever known...with his wife Mary, they raised eight wonderful children...how blessed I am to have known each of them and be part of their lives...my heart aches with his passing, but I am positive that he is with our Lord looking down on all of us...my deepest and sincerest sympathies go out to his entire family and loved ones...may he rest in the Peace of Christ...Vito

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