Francis Joseph Agnew, Jr passed away peacefully on June 3, 2023 at the age of 94. Frank is predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Beverly Smith Agnew.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Monica Agnew, Meg Agnew, Chris and Laura Agnew, John Agnew, Jane and Steve Schelling and Brian and Laura Agnew. Frank is predeceased by his brothers, Jack Agnew, Jerry Agnew and sister Virginia Agnew Haughey . He is survived by two sisters Mary Agnew Dunleavy and Catherine Agnew Jeckovich. He was the proud “Grandpop” to 13 grandchildren, Brian Agnew, Luke Agnew, Caroline Agnew, Patrick Agnew, Jack Agnew, Kevin Agnew, Max Schelling, Peter Schelling, William Schelling, Sarah Schelling, Katie Agnew, Molly Agnew and Lily Agnew.
Frank was born on February 26, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late Catherine and Francis Agnew, Sr. He was proud to have attended Villanova University where he studied engineering and graduated in 1951. Frank was hired as an electrical engineer by General Electric which brought him to Schenectady, New York and then on to New York City. In New York City, Frank met Bev. They were married on June 13, 1959 at the Chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. His job with General Electric brought him and the family to West Hartford, Connecticut, Summit, New Jersey and then finally to Short Hills, New Jersey in 1963. Shortly thereafter, Frank decided to switch careers and work on Wall Street. He worked with several firms until he joined Dean Witter/ Morgan Stanley in 1979. Frank worked as a Certified Financial Planner and remained there until his retirement in 1999. Over eleven years Frank and Bev had six children and raised them in Short Hills, where they resided for 40 years. Frank, a devout Catholic, attended St. Rose of Lima Church where he was a lector. He was an avid golfer and with his sons had the opportunity to hit the links at Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits and at Tuckers Point and Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda. Frank loved spending summers on Long Beach Island where he was known to enjoy the sunsets with a glass of wine. In their later years, Bev and Frank enjoyed going to Hutchinson Island, Florida in the winter months. They had a great group of friends whom they looked forward to seeing every year. Family was everything to Frank. He was the most loyal fan to all of his grandchildren. He never missed a football, baseball, soccer, basketball or lacrosse game. He was always there to support their teams!
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Frank’s honor to the BrightFocus Foundation. https://www.brightfocus.org/