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 www.lls.org.