OBITUARY

Frank Smith Wales Jr.

June 11, 1935January 9, 2020

Frank Wales, Junior, 84, of Oviedo Florida, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Advent Health Hospice Care surrounded by his family after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. Frank was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, to Frank Smith Wales, Sr. and Lillian Kivinen Wales on June 11, 1935. Frank married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jayne Wales, on July 3, 1955 at which time they began their wonderful story – their best life. Frank began his career in the US Navy in 1953 where he honorably and proudly served his country. He found his passion there and retired 20 years later after an illustrious first career working duty stations coast to coast, sailing the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. He often worked a second job to provide for his growing family. His love for his family showed in everything he did. He was a standup man and you knew that if you spent any time with him. He taught his children that any job was worth doing right and every person was worthy, capable of achievement. After retirement from the US Navy, Frank started his own business, Wales Construction, picking up where his pre-Navy days left off and built homes for the next 35 years. He “built this” business and as time passed, his list of clients and customers grew. His subcontractors were always treated right and the quality of workmanship echoed in the quality of the product. His children would be raised to inherit these traits and incorporate them into their work ethics. Frank helped anyone who reached out to him, always ready to swing a hammer or jump in and work. During the last several years of his construction business, Frank and Jayne traveled the world on planes, trains and motorhomes. In 1999 Frank and Jayne decided to start working for Habitat for Humanity (HFH) across the United States and were part of the founding fathers of the HFH CAREavanners, a group of RV’ers that traveled the country doing Habitat projects. They worked tirelessly for many years, again helping and giving wherever needed, building many homes and showing God’s love. Frank attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Frank is survived by his wife, Mary Jayne Wales, of Oviedo, Florida. He is also survived by his adult children: Frank III (Terry), Oviedo, Florida; Perrine (David) Dewey, Montverde, Florida; Richard (Dawn) Wales, Casselberry, Florida. Six grandchildren: Amber Wales, Frank (Jacqui) Wales IV, Amy Wales, Shayne (Jonathan) Cantwell, Shanna (Carmelo) Foti, Richard (Alex) Wales Jr. and two step-grandchildren: Melissa Pedone and Mark Dewey. Two great grandchildren: Lucas and Liam and three great-step grandchildren: Katherine, Daphne and Zachary. He is also survived by two sisters: Barbara Phillips, Cape Coral, Florida and Donna Wales, Winter Park, Florida as well as a brother-in-law, Edward McNamara, Oviedo, Florida, Sister-in-law Frances Wales, step grandchildren, Rebecca and Jordan, several nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Lola White and his brother John Wales. A funeral mass will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 5300 Old Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, Florida on Friday, January 24 at 10:00 am followed immediately by a reception in the church hall. Internment will follow at 2:30 at Highland Memorial Gardens with full military honors. All family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Frank’s name to Silver Valley Fuller Center for Housing (formerly Silver Valley Habitat). Go to SVFCH.org.

Services

24 January

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

5300 Old Howell Branch Rd,
Winter Park, FL 32792

24 January

Reception

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

5300 Old Howell Branch Rd
Winter Park, FL 32792

24 January

Committal Service

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Highland Memory Gardens

3329 E Semoran Blvd
Apopka, FL 32703

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Golden & Oscar Reese

January 16, 2020

Rest in peace Fran I know you and my brother Bill are having a grand ole Time. Will cherish their visits and friendship here in New Orleans. Had some great times and fun with Fran & Jane.
Oscar and Golden

Renae and Mike Donahey

January 16, 2020

Frank and my father Richard Beckett were friends who met at the Navy base. Frank built our first and only home. We have lived here 43 years. He was a wonderful man.

With sincere sympathy,
Renae and Mike Donahey

Linda Bosko

January 16, 2020

Will always remember the family times together. Will cherish the Whale flag that you made my mother (your Aunt Ruth) and still display it proudly. Linda

brendan doran

January 16, 2020

a great person,one of a kind he will be missed by many

Wayne Thalasinos

January 15, 2020

Our very deepest condolences and sympathy to Jayne and the entire family. Being a retired Navy family and RV travelers we share many things in common. I will miss the many walks and talks that Frank and I had together over the years. Of the many men I have known and served with, Frank was one of the very best.
We know the he is now in a better place with God in heaven and will be watching over his family.
May God comfort and guide Jayne and his family through this difficult time.
Love,
Wayne and Elaine Thalasinios

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