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Frank A. Wadsworth

April 7, 1922January 15, 2013

Frank A. Wadsworth was born on April 7, 1922 in Rochester, NY and passed away on January 15, 2013 in Preston, CT.

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Frank A. Wadsworth

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Hank Wrigley

January 31, 2013

As a child I was lucky enough to spend many afternoons with Frank as he was my grandfathers (Bob Herring) best friend. Too many memories to list, but he truly was a gem of a man.

After my grandmother passed he was a huge help to keeping my grandfather sane. My entire family will always be grateful to him.

Raising my glass high tonight and thinking of him. Much Love to him and Betty always. -The Herrings and Wrigleys

Ann Wadsworth

January 29, 2013

I can still hear Uncle Art's wonderful laugh in my head! I've been enjoying learning more about him through this guest book. I didn't know he made great applesauce and I had forgotten about his dandelion wine! My heartfelt condolences to my cousins John, Mary, Gerry and Liz, along with Aunt Betty. He was a great guy!

Rebecca Schlachter

January 29, 2013

Some of the greatest books I've ever read were recommended to me by Uncle Frank. I loved talking politics with him almost as much as I loved his fantastic applesauce. No other compares. I will miss him dearly.

Bob Wadsworth

January 28, 2013

My earliest memory of Uncle Art(this is what I was raised to address him), is of he and his brother Jim, smoking pipes in the kitchen of our family home. My sincere sympathy goes out to my cousins Gerry, John, and Elizabeth, as well as my Aunt Betty. Uncle's laugh and no-nonsense demeanor will be sorely missed.

Steve Fuller

January 24, 2013

May I add an independent clause to the excellent words already recorded:

He enjoyed puttering in his basement, building ship models, which are on display at the Slater Museum of Norwich and the Naval Academy Museum, and making experimental wine from dandelions and other more exotic plant material, the consumption of which would nearly always bring tears to the eyes and gags to the throats of his son Gerry and Gerry's friends, who would frequently sneak down to the cellar for impromptu tastings.

As one of those friends, who pestered Frank and Betty for years, I'll now admit to dozens of such adventures.

In fact, I've just gone to the fridge, opened a bottle and half-filled a glass, and as I sit here writing I propose a toast - to the Wadsworths, and to Frank!

Gerry Wadsworth

January 24, 2013

Dad and his two older brothers all made "Eagle Scout" at the same time - it was such a big deal that the national news picked it up. He never let me forget it either - and on my VERY first day at NFA (which happened to unfortunately coincide with Boy Scouts Day) he made me wear my scout uniform. Needless to say, I was THE ONLY kid at NFA in uniform - and I have never forgotten the humiliation that attended the spectacle of some geeky kid in green - it's a wonder that I made it through the day! By 11 o'clock, I had stripped off the neckerchief, ditched the neck clasp, turned the pocket flaps inside out, tossed the webbed belt into a wastebin, and hid the god-dawful peaked hat in the back of our 1964 Saab station wagon. I'm surprised that Sue Lotreck even looked at me by Senior Year - or that I actually had a date!

Gerry Wadsworth

January 24, 2013

Gerry Wadsworth

January 24, 2013

Dad and mom in 1949 - with my sister Mary and brother John.

Gerry Wadsworth

January 24, 2013

I've attached some photos of "the Old Man" (as most dads are affectionately known, or as my old man's favorite radio host, Jean Sheppard called his dad). We all seem to have memories of our parents from our own perspective, and never really knew them from earlier times, never heard their stories, what antics they got up to, and only see them as the stern disciplinarian (as I did - since I was generally screwing up and messing around) and not in earlier, and perhaps happier, times. As the family historian, I have custody of some of those earlier and happier times, that I would like to share with anyone who passes by this memory lane. From these photos, all I can say is, "Dad, I wish I knew you!"
Love, your number two son.

January 24, 2013

I am saddened to hear the passing of Frank. I worked with Frank at the Norwich Free Academy and found him to be extremely intelligent,compassionate and caring. I wish to express my sympathy to the Wadsworth Family.

George Vartenigian