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Franklin T. “Trashhh” Sanderson

Frank Sanderson, age 72 of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2021, surrounded by his family, following a short but courageous battle with lymphoma. He was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania on November 28, 1948 and was raised in Wilmington, Delaware.

Frank graduated from Salesianum high school and served in the United States Air Force before earning an Associate’s Degree from Widener University. He worked for many years in the chemical industry as a lab technician at ICI, duPont Experimental Station, Arch Chemical, and others. He also proudly worked for the Philadelphia Phillies in the Security department for 25 years.

He was an avid bowler, participating in many leagues and tournaments through the years. It was among the bowling community where he earned his nickname “Trashhh” for his bowling style, honesty, and boastfulness. Frank was always one to speak his mind.

Frank loved to travel. He especially enjoyed cruising and seeing the world. He also was passionate about amusement parks and enjoyed the thrill of riding in the front row of rollercoasters.

He was an active member of the Newark Elks Lodge 2281. He was a former member of the St. Anthony of Padua Men’s Club and proudly volunteered his time at the St. Anthony’s Italian Festa for many years.

Frank is survived by his parents, Harold and Adele Sanderson of New Castle; wife of 49 years Gail (O’neill) with whom he lived; daughter and son-in-law Beverly and Bill Knotts of Hockessin; daughter and son-in-law Amy and Dave Kohl of New Castle; four beloved grandchildren–Ashley & Billy Knotts and Alexis & Mason Kohl; Brothers John, Kent, & Tommy.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Newark Elks Lodge 2281, 42 Elks Trail, New Castle, DE 19720 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Funeral Services

Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 15th from 5-7pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. A private service will follow at 7pm.

Family and friends are also invited to join for a Celebration of Life on Monday June 14th at 6pm at the Newark Elks Lodge, 42 Elks Trail, New Castle, DE 19720.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Newark Elks Lodge 2281, 42 Elks Trail, New Castle, DE 19720 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


    Donna Burg lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry for this loss. Best memory was the road trip Gail and I took and Frank kept us on the right path the entire trip. The funniest part of our trip was Frank calling us and yelling at us because we ignored a tornado warning going through Kansas. Frank will be missed.
    06/10/2021 09:14 am
    Angela Lilly lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers are with Gail, Beverly, Amy and the entire family. I have fond memories of growing up and spending time at the Sanderson home. Then when I was 18, I took my first trip to Cancun with Frank and Gail and was lucky enough to spend many trips with them. Frank was a great man and will be missed.
    06/10/2021 11:49 am
    Pat Davis writes,
    My condolences to the Sanderson family. Frank was an awesome person He will missed by all
    06/10/2021 11:56 am
    Elizabeth Kastner Biddison writes,
    Frank was an active member in the Newark Elks Lodge. He made us all laugh. He is surely gonna be missed especially on Friday nights at Flip Five. RIP FRANK!
    06/10/2021 12:37 pm
    Elizabeth Kastner Biddison lit a candle and writes,
    Frank was an active member at the Newark Elks Lodge. He will surely be missed especially on Friday nights at Flip Five. RIP FRANK!
    06/10/2021 12:42 pm
    Shannon Johnson lit a candle and writes,
    I have many memories of Frank and the rest of the family as I was growing up. The times that I would go to a Phillies game and always seek Frank out just to say hello. Or when I would go across the street to visit or have the girls babysit me. I remember the pool and learning how to swim. Frank will be missed. My condolences to the family. Hugs to you all.
    06/10/2021 02:11 pm
    Lorraine Kelchner&Douglas Kelchner lit a candle and writes,
    Remembering our exciting when we cousins knew Frankie & Johnny we’re coming to Berwick..good times, good memories..till we meet again Frankie fly high❣️ Dear Gail remember Love Never Dies..our Sincere Sympathy to You and yours, and dear Aunt Del, Uncle Harold, & sons. 🙏❤️
    06/10/2021 07:36 pm
    Roberta Micucci lit a candle and writes,
    Condoglianze alla famiglia Sanderson da tutta la mia famiglia. Vi ricordo con tanto affetto. Ho conosciuto Frank e Gail accompagnati da Adele e Harold nel loro viaggio in Italia. Un grande abbraccio
    06/11/2021 03:40 am
    Darryl Todd writes,
    Trash and me watched so many SUPERBOWLS together .., and bowled together for years which is where the name came from .. our whole team had nicknames .. Leo Orlowski was the The Prince of Darkness .. Good TIMES .. Frank was a good man and a great friend.. Rip Trash Man ..
    06/11/2021 03:50 pm
    Rich Vintigni writes,
    My deepest condolences to Gail and the girls! Trash was one of a kind! I have so many great memories of bowling with him for many years! But it was our adventures at karaoke and Phillies games that really make me smile! RIP Trash Man, you were one of the best.
    06/11/2021 04:05 pm
    Anne & Joe Smigielski lit a candle and writes,
    Amy & Dave, We are so very sorry to hear of your father/father-in-law’s passing. May he Rest In Peace. Our sincere sympathy to you & your entire family at this difficult time. Take care & God bless you.
    06/11/2021 05:24 pm
    Jenny Treible
    06/11/2021 07:41 pm
    Donna & Tom Zelinske lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Gail, Beverly, Amy and family We are so sorry for your loss! Frankie was a dear cousin to me and all of my sisters. We shared many fun times together at our childhood homes and at Aunt Del and Uncle Harold’s beach home. Rest In Peace dear cousin, gone too young and too soon!! We are keeping you, your family and Aunt Del and Uncle Harold in our prayers!❤️🙏🏻
    06/11/2021 09:43 pm
    william (wild bill) anthes lit a candle and writes,
    gail,....frank had great humor,..and.could listen,,.... tell a good story,...and knew how to have fun,.....he will be missed, so sorry, friend...
    06/12/2021 01:41 am
    Pat Sarver lit a candle and writes,
    My condolences to the family. I didn't know you long Frank, but I have fond memories and looked forward to seeing your smile every Friday night at the lodge. I especially remember how you would give me a hard time if I didn't pay up right away and then you'd give me that devilish grin as you said "It's about time." You will be missed!
    06/12/2021 08:07 am
    Patricia Eveland lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Gail and family my deepest sympathy to all of you, Frank was a good guy he will be missed very much. Rest in peace, Amen Patty
    06/12/2021 09:14 am
    David Nagy lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Gail and family my deepest sympathy to all of you, We liked the good times we enjoyed with Frank and the trips to Cancun , and eating at the restaurant's we would would frequent together back in the day.
    06/12/2021 11:23 am
    Dorothy Harwell lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Gail. I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I remember how smart and quick he was to answer the quiz questions on our cruise ship.
    06/12/2021 02:31 pm
    Mary Reid lit a candle and writes,
    What can we say? Such great times in cancun and enjoying your stories of all your trips. Frank, thank you for this and God... thank you for sharing Frank with us for so many wonderful years of our lives. God Bless you all Gail..
    06/12/2021 07:12 pm
    Cliff Lyon writes,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of Frank. I worked with him for many years at CEL and then again when we were both hired by Arch Chemicals. I enjoyed his friendship and "sense of humor". It was always "Frank being Frank". Cliff Lyon
    06/13/2021 10:22 am
    Janis Williams writes,
    Sending sympathy and healing thoughts to Gail, Beverly and Amy. May your many happy memories help you through this difficult time.
    06/13/2021 02:27 pm
    Patti (Davis) Sweimler lit a candle and writes,
    Didn’t know him as an adult, but he used to babysit for us when mom and dad and mr and mrs Sanderson were out painting the town. He would give us piggy back rides up to bed. When he went down to get another kid (there were 5 of us at that time), we would sneak back downstairs to get another ride upstairs. He handled it all with a smile and laugh. So sorry for your loss.
    06/14/2021 06:51 pm
    Jane Davis Stilwell writes,
    My sincere condolences to the entire Sanderson family🙏🙏😪😪 Frank was our babysitter when 4 of my siblings and I were little. We had so much fun with him❤️❤️
    06/14/2021 07:08 pm
    Susan Davis Dutton lit a candle and writes,
    I too, am one of those Davis kids that Frankie babysat. I remember one Christmas when dad had Christmas music piped to the outside of the house and Frankie decided we were playing Beatles music instead. It was loud and the whole neighborhood got to hear Beatles music playing instead of Christmas songs. I also had a secret crush on him when I was 10. We spent many summers on the beach in Dewey or Fenwick. My sincerest condolences go to his family and to Aunt Del and Uncle Squint.
    06/14/2021 08:17 pm
    Sue Renshaw lit a candle and writes,
    My condolescences to the entire Sanderson family. Frank and a group of us hung out at Ginos (Prices Corner) many years ago. It was definitely fin times. Frank introduced me to my husband (Gary) many years ago. We were married for 40 years before he passed away in 2010. Thank you Frank. RIP..
    06/15/2021 07:49 pm

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