Frank F. Knippenberg

April 19, 1945January 10, 2021
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Frank Fredrick Knippenberg

It is with deep sadness that the Knippenberg family announces the death of Frank F. Knippenberg, who passed away on January 10, 2021, at the age of 75.

Frank was born to the late Frank I. and Emma (Waleson) Knippenberg, April 19, 1945, in The Hague, Netherlands. In 1957, he and his family emigrated to Massachusetts and settled in Dorchester.

He earned his associates degree in electrical engineering technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering and industrial management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He dedicated his career as an electrical engineer to NStar for 29 years. For the last seven years, he worked as a site construction manager for Power Constructors.

Frank coached the Brockton Bantam A All Stars for 15 years. Not only was he a coach but a mentor and friend to his hockey players. He was also a referee for high school hockey for nearly 15 years. Frank was an upstanding member of his local community. He often volunteered at town events and served as a member of the Sandwich School Committee. Frank could always be spotted on the sideline of his children’s sporting events, he was their biggest fan. Frank loved relaxing on the beach, taking family ski trips and spending quality time with his grandchildren.

In addition to being predeceased by his parents, he was also predeceased by his wife, Joyce (Hooper) Knippenberg, and his brother, Peter Knippenberg. Frank is survived by his four children, Frank H. Knippenberg of South Boston, Kevin M. Knippenberg and wife Julie of Duxbury, Sara A. Simmons and her husband Kent of Colorado, Amy E. Knippenberg of Brewster; and grandchildren, Kegan Knippenberg, Anthony Phillips, Benjamin and Molly Knippenberg. He is also survived by his sister Helene Illston of Dennis, MA and brother Kenneth Knippenberg of Taunton, MA.

It was Frank’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod.

A memorial visitation with the family will be held Monday, January 18th, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home located at 154 Route 6A in Sandwich. A funeral service will be held at Corpus Christi Parish on Tuesday January 19th at 11 am. Burial is private. Due to COVID-19 please wear your mask, and follow all social distancing guidelines.



  • Visiting Hours

    Monday, January 18, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021


  • Burial is private


Frank F. Knippenberg

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Ann Sennott

January 18, 2021

To Frank's family:

Your Dad was a great man. I worked with him for many, many years at N-star; he was a smart man who taught me a lot. He had a work ethic that was above reproach; his door was always open and if there was a problem or issue - he found a solution. He was tireless, kind, knowledgeable, a joy to work for, always helpful to others - a truly dedicated employee.

He LOVED his family and was devoted to your Mom, you kids and the grand kids. He talked about you all & showed the photos proudly!

Your Dad was one of the nicest people I ever knew and the best boss I ever had. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort now and in the days to come. My deepest sympathies to you all. May Frank rest in peace.

Laura Dunn

January 17, 2021

Dear Kegan,
I am so sorry to hear the sad news about your beloved grandfather. You will be hearing many people say what a wonderful man he was. He was such a hard worker and generous with his time to help others. But I know that more than anything else he and your grandmother absolutely adored you. I hope that knowing that along with all of your happy memories will be a comfort you. My condolences to your entire family.
Mrs. Dunn

Donna Baptista

January 16, 2021

My condolences to his family.

Frank was a wonderful man & a great boss. He was very knowledgeable & always willing to help.

He will be missed by many.

May he Rest In Peace

Donna B

Donna Tuohy

January 14, 2021

To the Knippenberg Family, So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was dedicated to the children of Sandwich.. from being a member of the school committee to the athletic fields. He will be missed. I enjoyed seeing him at the grocery store and hearing stories about his family, especially the grandchildren. With deepest condolences, Donna and Hank Tuohy

Leo DeMarsh

January 14, 2021

My Bantam and High School hockey line mate Billy Kennedy called me yesterday to tell me of Frank's passing.
I send my prayers to him and his family.
My father and Frank coached the 1968-69 Bantam A's to a championship season!
Remembered playing those games at Ridge Arena in Braintree.
I also remember a time when Billy, Mike McDonald and I, with Frank spent a pre-summer weekend at our cottage in Manomet with Frank's new boat- which he garaged at the rink in Brockton.
May you rest in peace my friend, and thanks for some great memories.
Leo DeMarsh/Plymouth

Bob Patenaude

January 14, 2021

I only knew the work ethic side of Frank but he was always a gentleman, eager to help or explain things in detail when the project teams needed guidance, which included myself many times . He was a Pleasure to work with and will be missed as a friend and co-worker, but now he’s off to bigger and better things!

God Bless you Frank!

Jack Buckley

January 14, 2021

I had the honor of being one of Frank’s youth hockey players. Pizza with the coach was a sacred tradition, and he taught several of us to drive. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way- at the expense of Frank’s car- that I shouldn’t try to park his car by myself (at age 15, maybe 15.5!) Bang! Hit the only other car in the lot! Frank was so kind and forgiving (my parents less so who had to foot the bill.) Frank was special to the Brockton hockey players, especially classes of ‘75 (mine) and ‘76. Though I lost touch over the years, I’ve never lost the memories of playing for Frank, the fun we had, the victories he led us to (we drank soda out of a trophy cup as if we won the Stanley cup :) and the knowledge that he was instrumental in my development as an athlete and person. Please know that Frank was so important to so many guys who continue to carry his spirit in their lives and that his memory is cherished. Jack Buckley

Robert Fougere

January 14, 2021

My condolences to Frank's family and friends. I was blessed to have worked with Frank on several challenging projects at National Grid. He was always wise and yet humble in sharing his many talents and gifts. His smile and subtle humor was contagious and put people at ease. Frank's care for people certainly inspired me to do the same. I am very thankful to have been a small part of his life. May he rest forever in God's loving embrace.

Stephen BUNKER

January 13, 2021

As a young Hockey Player back in the 70s I remember Coach Knippenberg / Referee "Knip" as one of the real good guys of Youth and High School Hockey ! I never got the chance play for him as he retired. He did however referee many game's that I participated in. Always a fair strong presence on and off Ice God Bless Stephen Bunker

Karen Dixon

January 13, 2021

My sincere condolences to Franks’s family on his passing. I had the honor of serving on the Sandwich School Committee with Frank, and I had great respect for him. He was always prepared, well-spoken, and willing to listen. He made a great contribution to our community and he will be missed.


Dad, Kevin, Kegan, Molly and Benjamin in Holland visiting Dad's hometown.


Dad at dinner with Donny and Jason.


Celebrating Christmas together.


Toasting to their new marriage.


Mom feeding dad a slice of cake at their wedding reception.


Kegan’s first Disney world trip! Dad always loved to spoil Kegan!


Dad & Sara.


Just one of the many Family holiday parties.


Kevin, Kegan, Sara & Dad.