Francis "Fran" Angeline

Died: July 6, 2018
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Francis Joseph Angeline, 83, of Endicott, NY, passed away on July 6, 2018 at Sunrise Senior Living Center, in Exton, Pennsylvania. He is predeceased by his parents Leandra and Frank, as well as his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Grace and Loftus Hanley. His beloved wife, Pat, passed away in November, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage, and not a moment passed without him speaking of, or thinking about Patricia after her passing. He is survived by his three children and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Kathleen, Laurence, and Vaun. He and his wife Patricia shared great pride and joy in their grandchildren: Ryley, Cary, Jessica, Andre, Anton, Chloe and Chelsea. It is easy to tick off Fran’s accomplishments: captain of the Union Endicott football team in 1951, tight end and defensive end; captain of the Colgate team playing the same positions in 1952-1955; he coached for Johnson City in 1957-1959. But it was Union Endicott High School, where Coach Angeline really made his mark. He was the tennis coach and football coach throughout his career from 1960-1992, and it was there, under the lights, where he brought pride and guts to the game. He paced the sidelines like a tiger at the ready, an eye trained on the game, poised to pounce on a questionable call by the officials, ever roaring commands to his players. With Fran at the helm, the Tigers won 219 victories, two New York State championships, in 1979 and 1989, and Fran was named New York State coach of the year in 1979 and 1989. In 1979, he was honored with the National High School Coach of the Year award. In 2014 the U-E field house was named after Fran. Selected to the Section 4 Sports Hall of Fame, the Union-Endicott High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Greater Binghamton Area Sports Hall of Fame, it is little wonder that in 2008, Fran was honored to be included amongst a select few honored as a distinguished U-E alumni who made a difference, an award shared by world famous figures, some– professional athletes. Fran did not just write x’s and o’s and bark commands on the sidelines, though. He was a father figure to his young men—offering condolences to the grieving amongst his players—to the fatherless, he hugged them closer and nurtured their wounds. He built up the football program by building up boys to men, through discipline, respect, dignity and the unwavering belief that every young man deserves a shot, regardless of size or talent, at being the best he can be—on and off the field. Far more than a coach and athlete, Fran played the violin and piano as a child, winning competitions, and—a crooner–no one could harmonize better. Every Christmas he arranged for his Latin and German classes to sing carols at local hospitals and nursing homes, offering the students extra credit for giving this gift to the sick and elderly. Fran participated in his community through sports, music, mentorship, teaching, authoring a book, volunteering for the Special Olympics and reading to the visually impaired. He expected all those he touched to participate in life with the same joy and enthusiasm. Whether it was through music, academics, artistic talents, or athletic pursuits, each child’s gifts brought Fran joy and an expectation that gifts are meant to be nurtured and shared. Fran believed every human being’s “reach should exceed his grasp,” or, as his favorite saying goes, “what is a heaven for?”
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday 10 am at St. Ambrose Church, 203 Washington Avenue, Endicott. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott Wednesday from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Fran and Pat Angeline Award that provides a yearly grant to a deserving UE student for his college studies. Please send donations to Broome Tioga BOCES CBO, attn. Robin Chalachan, 100 Marshall Drive, Endicott, NY 13760. Notes of condolences can be sent to Chris and Kathleen Angeline at 425 Prescott Drive, Chester Springs, PA 19425.

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Allen Memorial Home

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511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760

Service Information

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

St. Ambrose Church

Address:

203 Washington Avenue, Endicott, NY, 13760

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December 26, 2010
Besties lifelong friends, played football together at Colgate – Fran with Jack Spalik, helping us celebrate my dad’s 80th Birthday and yes they were singing some song together.
Besties lifelong friends, played football together at Colgate – Fran with Jack Spalik, helping us celebrate my dad’s 80th Birthday and yes they were singing some song together.
Died: July 6, 2018

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Marie Gray posted on 7/12/18

I think of coach often when I play tennis....which he taught when my sister and many other girls went to Golden Valley in the summer back in the late 70’s. He gave us everything to be lifelong lovers of the game, had amazing patience and such a sense of humor. May he Rest In Peace and his family find comfort in their memories of their time with him.

 

Robert Henderson posted on 7/11/18

A few years ago my daughter, Dr. Suzanne Mc Leod, introduced me to Fran and the three of us had an enjoyable (and most interesting) luncheon experience. Being a career Human Resource retiree, I took the opportunity of asking him to share UE experiences with us. In assessing his comments, it quickly became obvious that this was an accomplished yet humble person who had "given" much of himself impacting many others. I have learned much through the years about UE community and school challenges and successes and It has been concluded by me that Fran - along with unnamed others - has made a variety of contributions that, in total, have amounted to a major assist in helping UE through its changing environment. Robert J. Henderson Sr.

 

Loretta Angeline Blackburn posted on 7/10/18

I regret having lost contact with so many friends and family in Endicott as the years have passed and many miles have been traveled, but I will be coming from San Antonio, TX for the visitation and funeral to share my precious memories of my 'Latin Coach' and give my condolences in person. May he rest in eternal peace. First cousin, Loretta Angeline Blackburn

 

Teri Spalik posted on 7/9/18

Dear Angeline Family ... the Spalik Family would like to send our most heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Your dad was an incredible person and a very special friend to our father Jack Spalik. We heard many stories of 'Frannie' They were teammates at Colgate University and lifelong friends. Cherish the wonderful legacy he has left behind. Hold close to your heart your special memories.

 

Susan (Mills) Felt posted on 7/9/18

Fran was a huge part of the Mills family as we grew up in Endicott. He will be missed and never forgotten!

 

Craig Vincent posted on 7/9/18

To Chris, Larry, Vaun and the entire Angeline family, you have my condolences and sympathies for your tremendous loss. I'll never forget the day that Fran had shocked me one Saturday morning when he showed up at my house totally unexpected and asked me to come play football for him in the fall. It was such an honor, albeit a totally intimidating one because to me, as with many others, he was like a God who truly walked on water. He was not only a man of honor who possessed immense integrity, but he was a truly great leader of young men and a tremendous pillar of the community. I am extremely humbled and honored to have known Mr. Francis Angeline and my heart is very saddened by his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all today. God Bless and Godspeed.

 

William Mills posted on 7/9/18

Dear Chris, Larry and Vaun, Fran will always have a lasting memory in my heart and mind. He was a true mentor, one that I have and will always be thankful for. In life, having the opportunity to be guided by a man such as your father, is a true blessing and honor. Our family has been fortunate to have had that guidance on the tennis court, football field and the much broader game of life. God bless.

 

Deb Dufty posted on 7/9/18

Our sincere condolences to the family of Fran Angeline. He was a respected legend in Endicott. He will be missed by many! Sincerely, Dave and Deb(Mills) Dufty

 

Carol Hynes posted on 7/9/18

Dear Angeline children, My husband, Larry Hynes, taught many years with Fran at Union-Endicott High School. Larry loved Fran and admired him. He came home wit a Fran story quite often. Larry and Fran discussed many Broadway musicals, all music and TV programs such as The Sopranos. When Larry passed, Fran wrote the most beautiful note to me. I so appreciated Fran Angeline. Love, Carol Hynes

 

Bill and Marlene Doolittle posted on 7/9/18

With loving memories of a great coach and mentor.

 

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