Frank P. Drinkwater, Jr. passed away peacefully in South Yarmouth on December 31st at the age of 79 after a five-year battle with pancreatic cancer. An extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend; Frank was an incredibly kind and loving person who refused to slow down at any time during his illness.
Frank was born in Melrose, MA and was raised in the Wakefield/Lynnfield area. He was the son of the late Frank P. “Bubba” Drinkwater and Olga S. Drinkwater.
Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years Linda A. Drinkwater of South Yarmouth, MA, his son and daughter-in-law Mark and Debbie Drinkwater of Duxbury,MA, his son Jeffrey C. Drinkwater of Hingham, MA, his sister Jean Landrigan of Beverly, MA along with grandchildren Elizabeth Drinkwater, Caroline Drinkwater, Charlotte Drinkwater, Sam Drinkwater and Hank Drinkwater.
Frank graduated from Huntington Preparatory School in Boston, MA in 1961. He then matriculated to the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL where he began a lifelong love affair with both his wife Linda and the Miami Hurricane football program.
He graduated from the “U” in 1966 and immediately began flight school in order to gain his private pilots license. Frank instructed for a year and then began his career as a commercial airline pilot with Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1967. He spent over 31 years flying thousands of people safely all over the world in both Boeing 707’s and 727’s along with the Lockheed L-1011 for TWA.
Frank retired as a Captain from TWA in 1998 and he and Linda began splitting time between South Yarmouth, MA and Tarpon Springs, FL. His retirement years were active where he re-introduced himself to golf, taught himself how to fly cast and became skilled at both; shooting his age of 78 last May in Florida. His many trips to the out-islands of the Bahamas to fly-fish for Bonefish with his sons were cherished. Frank was also an accomplished chef who loved to cook for family and friends.
A teacher at heart, he was often sought out by younger pilots who knew of his patience and uncanny ability to improve their skills. He would be quick to assist anyone who would listen on the art of the golf swing or help improve an angler’s casting technique.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren whether it was on the water, in the kitchen teaching them his secrets or watching them compete athletically.
A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday, January 11th at 12:00 PM at Holy Trinity Church in Harwich, MA with a luncheon to follow at the Olde Yarmouth Inn in Yarmouthport, MA.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation at www.chichi.org. Notes of comfort may be sent to the family at www.morrisoconnorblute.com.