Frank A. James

February 13, 2017
JAMES, FRANK A. (red shirt)

Frank A. James, 84, died Monday, February 13, 2017 at home in the presence of family after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Frank is survived by his wife and best friend of 61 years, Jacquelyn James; his brother Major L.W. Gates and wife Susan, and his sister Carol A. James. His three children: F. Andrew James and wife Mary-Kay, Julie James Dwyer and husband Daniel, and Jeffrey James and his wife Alyson. He also leaves behind eight adoring and treasured grandchildren: Dylan (Meaghan) James, Keith James, Hannah James, Carly James, Michael Dwyer, Kristina (Paul) McLaughlin, William (Marcy) Dwyer and Elijah Knight as well as many other In -Laws, nieces, nephews and loving friends. Frank was predeceased by his sisters Evelyn and Betty and brothers Ray and Tom.
Frank was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After his mother’s sudden death due to pneumonia, Frank was sent to Home of the Holy Family orphanage in Cleveland at the age of 3. He lived there for 6 years before he was taken in by his foster parents, William and Grace Gates of Norwalk, Ohio. It was this act of kindness and generosity on the part of the Gates family that helped shape Frank’s life more than any other. The Gates’ provided Frank with a template of how a family unit functions, a model which he would strive to duplicate in his own life.
Frank graduated from St. Paul’s high school in Norwalk, Ohio 1950. “I graduated 26th in my class” he liked to tell people before adding that his graduating class was composed of 26 students. After graduation Frank joined the Navy. While serving in Squadron VP-11 at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine, he met a young woman at a dance hall one Friday night and asked her to dance. Her name was Jacquelyn St. Pierre. After the dance, Frank told his friend “I’m going to marry that girl.” Eighteen months later they were married on April 7, 1956. After receiving his honorable discharge from the Navy, Frank was accepted into the University of Delaware on a probationary basis. He graduated three and a half years later with honors and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He took a job with Raytheon in Lewiston, Maine and then DuPont in Richmond, Virginia before transferring to DuPont’s Boston office and settling in Nashua, NH.
In 1970, now with three young children, Frank, with his wife Jackie behind him, helped launch Shrink Packaging Systems Corp with his associate Jim Gieber. He loved competition and earning the respect of peers and competitors. He chaired various industry advisory councils in his long career. Frank helped create important packaging machinery patents and SPS has been a leader in their industry for more than 46 years. Frank was a natural leader and derived great satisfaction from the growth and accomplishments of the SPS team. Customers like Parker Bros Games and Hasbro meant his kids were the first on their block with a new GI Joe or Nerf product.
Always a champion of underdogs, Frank was proud of his service to the Nashua Children’s Home. He served and led their Board during a critical time in the growth of their mission.
His faith helped sustain him through his illness. Frank was an active member of St. Joseph, St. Christopher and finally Immaculate Conception Catholic parishes in Nashua.
Frank and Jackie created wonderful memories hosting family and friends at their Cape Cod home. A 2006 Mediterranean 50th Anniversary Cruise with their kids and families will always be everyone’s favorite vacation. Frank played tennis and golf and always enjoyed a combative game of liar’s dice with family and friends. His friend and helper, Eva Davis, was a respected cribbage adversary. Frank was a loyal fan of his adopted Boston teams. He loved to get together with family for Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics games. As a long time season ticket holder, he was at Opening Day in 2005 when the Red Sox raised their first Championship banner in 86 years. He was also at game 6 in 1975 when Fisk hit his dramatic home run that sent the series to game 7.
A Rite of Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated in May at Immaculate Conception Parish in Nashua, NH. A party celebrating Frank’s life will follow that Mass. (As he instructed)
Memorial donations may be made to www.fc2success.org (a charitable organization that provides scholarships to foster children) or to The Nashua Children’s Home / attn. Dave Villiotti nashuachildrenshome.org
Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneralservice.com

25 Comments on Frank A. James

Gigi and Paul Lapierre said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2017 at 9:01 PM

Andy, Mary Kay, Jackie, Julie, and Jeff and all the family -- We are so, so sorry to hear about Frank. I have a lot of fond and funny memories of him. He was a great Dad to all of us, hosting many parties for us teens. Paul and I are praying for Frank and for everyone in the family. lots of love - Gigi and Paul Lapierre

Dottie Tormey said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2017 at 6:39 PM

Jackie, I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He always seemed like such a sincere and kind person to me - a really nice man. I am in Naples and thought of you when I arrived here and thought of calling you to see how Frank and you were doing. Last time I saw you was at Tommy's celebration and I was so happy to see you both there (along with Andy). My sincere sympathy is with you and your family at this sad time. Take care. Dottie Tormey

Barbara and Tom Burnham said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 8:09 PM

Jackie, Julie, Andy and Jeff===Frank was an excellent businessman who succeeded, but more importantly he was a kind friend and dedicated family man!!! He had a great, dry sense of humor.....which was appreciated. We were saddened to learn of his passing.....as stated previously, he was a tremendous "champion of underdogs"!!! We will miss him very much....our thoughts and prayers are with the entire James family during this time.

Rosemary Goussios said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Dear Jackie, Julie, Andy, Jeff and Family, I am so saddened by the loss of your dear husband and father. I will always remember Frank with great fondness, happiness and laughter. I never had so much fun on a job as I did with Frank. He showed me you can be responsible and get the job done but still enjoy yourself. He and my coworkers were like a second family to me. He and Jackie raised three loving children who went on to raise beautiful families of their own - a powerful legacy for anyone. All my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you say farewell to an amazing man. Love, "Rosie"

Vincent C. McCarthy said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 12:04 PM

God bless you Frank. I always enjoyed your good humor and positive outlook on life. I am only sorry I did not get to see more of you in recent years. You've led a good and successful life.

Joe and Micky Doyle said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 2:16 PM

We have the fondest memories in both friendship & business with Frank & Jackie. God Bless

Chris and Lisa Kist said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the James family. Frank was a great leader with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for business, family and friends. We will miss him and remember him fondly.

Chip and Vicki Emery said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 9:52 AM

Frank gave me my second job, came to my wedding, played Santa Claus for my children and guided me through a wonderful career. I am forever grateful for his role in my life. Working with Frank as he helped to create a new packaging industry was a rare opportunity. His ability to solve under pressure was extraordinary. I was with him the day he walked in to a year old packaging machinery problem, unsolved by others, and dropped a few jaws with a simple but brilliant solution. He probably just turned to me with his wry smile and an "all in a day's work" wink but, that inspired me towards the discipline of creative solution. The James family has been such an important part of my family's lives. Thank you. Love, Chip and Vicki Emery

Sue and Pete Smilikis said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Our sincere sympathy and prayers......Frank was one of the good guys!

Kent & Catherine Schlaefer said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 12:34 PM

A wonderful family man who knew how to live life to its fullest. We bid you a fond and respectful farewell, Frank. And offer you the final sailor’s prayer: We wish you fair winds and following seas.

Jim and Nancy Gieber said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Our love and prayers to Jackie and family. Our hearts are saddened by your loss. Frank was a true friend and life long business partner. He filled our lives with loyalty, gratitude, humor, and enduring friendship. He will be truly missed. Jim and Nancy Gieber

Nick Thielen said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Farewell my subtle, soft spoken, inspirational friend. You were a powerful instructor and model for a business professional and a brilliant guiding light for how to live life. You will be missed but always remembered with a soft comforting smile. Love and prayerful thoughts to your family. Nick

Robert Stork said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Andy and family, Our condolences for your loss. My wife Shirley and I met your parents at our first PMMI in 1990 sitting at the same table at dinner. I have always had great respect and enjoyed working with SPS over the years. What a contribution your father has made to the industry. Robert and Shirley Stork Formerly with Stork/Texwrap

Jim and Lolita Newcombe said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2017 at 12:36 PM

What a beautiful summary of Frank's life and impact. So many things I did not know about him. Our condolences to the James' family. Frank will be greatly missed. Being a part of the SPS family for over 20 years has meant a lot to me and our family. This would not have been possible without the vision and dedication of Frank. I thank him and his family from the bottom of my heart for helping shape both my personal and professional life.

Mark Smith said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2017 at 12:13 PM

My condolences to the family. I met Frank a number of times through being a friend with his son Andy. Frank was a great guy and loved his friends and family very much. He will be missed by many people.

Lisa McLaughlin said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2017 at 11:08 AM

With Deep Sympathy to the James Family and to all who knew and were influenced by Franks life. He was one the pioneers in distribution for packaging - loyal to his customers and vendors alike. Rest in peace Mr. James - your legacy lives on in the lives of your children and grandchildren.

Maureen and George Hutnick said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2017 at 10:52 AM

Met both Frank and Jackie friends of my brother and sister-in-law many years ago. Always looked forward to seeing them at family gatherings. Frank was a pied-piper when it came to all the children . He kept them busy with his tricks and silly jokes and they loved him for it. He will be missed.

Jim Rambeaux said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2017 at 10:01 AM

I just learned this morning of the sad News about Frank.. He was a huge influence on my life and in the business world. Frank helped launch my packaging carrier.. he hired me on the spot after meeting him over dinner. I was introduced to Frank by Julius Little .. the three of us working the Florida market for almost 3 years .. He always made sales calls fun and always said Family first .. and made sure I had everything I needed .. he will be missed ..

Frank G DeMaio said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2017 at 6:26 AM

A really beautiful life!! On can find God's grace and Frank's acceptance of and even surrender to it throughout his life. Wow. I really wish I knew him better. Again sorry for his loss Andy.

Rick and Joan Hoffman said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Our love and prayers to Jackie and their entire family. We have so many fun stories of our times spent together-too many to write here. Frank's jokes, whether funny or not, were always a hit - why? because he was laughing so hard before the punch line! Frank was our wonderful friend for so very many years; we will really miss him.

Lynn Nash said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2017 at 2:57 PM

My deepest sympathy to Jacquelyn and the rest of Franks family. Frank will be missed as a kind and wonderful person.

Steve Alter said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2017 at 1:07 PM

I'll always remember Frank...our love of family, the same books and of course cribbage (he was a sore loser though ha,ha) Anyway Aren and I will allways cherish the memories of the 4 of us vacationing together , great friends are rare

Tracey Brumlik said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2017 at 12:09 PM

Prayers for the family. Frank was an amazing and wonderful man. His smile always lit up the room. Heaven will be a happier place with him in it. Be at peace.

Constance and Bob Grenier said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2017 at 10:58 PM

Our most heartfelt sympathy to the entire James family! Frank, our cousin, we were so fortunate to get to know you and be with you from time to time at family gatherings. You were always so positive, and you and Jackie were the ideal couple for us to look up to. I can here your voice, you always knew it was me when I called, even though that wasn't often enough. Jackie, please know how much you were both thought of even though we hadn't call lately. Although I was 10 years old when you were married, I, for some reason always remembered your wedding. You and Frank lead a great life and had a fabulous marriage and raised wonderful children, he will definitely be missed by so so many people whose lives he touched. Frank, so sorry to see you go, really gonna miss you! Hugs

Pat Spurr said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Frank was a great person and I will never forget his kindness, love and his humor. Frank was a great boss and friend, I have a lot of memories that I will always cherish. Rest in peace Frank, you are missed

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