Frank Wilcox Webber, 91, of Marstons Mills, died on February 26, 2018 after a very sudden illness. Frank was born in Jamaica, New York, son of Frank S. and Gladys (Wilcox) Webber, the eldest of four boys.
Frank grew up on Long Island with a love of the outdoors, especially fishing with his brothers. After graduating high school, Frank served in the U.S. Navy for two years, and then attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1950. There he met and married Lucille Burt Hayward. They raised their family in Connecticut where Frank worked in advertising for Stanley Tools, retiring in 1985.
Forty-six years ago, Frank and Lucille bought their “dream retirement” home in Marstons Mills. This location was the perfect match for Frank’s great desire to fish and their love of Cape Cod. Fishing was Frank's passion and earning the Osterville Angler’s Club “Master Angler Award” in 2017 was the perfect accolade. He spent many many hours shore fishing, shell-fishing, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, and ice fishing. If he wasn't actually fishing, he was discussing it at Prince Cove Marina. Frank meticulously recorded all his experiences in his fisherman’s diary since 1955.
Frank ran track in high school and at Syracuse University and was most proud of his sub-two-minute half mile. His many other interests included family camping, concert music (especially Hyannis Sound), walking, Barnstable land conservation, and socializing with others.
Family was so dear to Frank. He was a loving husband for 59 years, and cared for his wife and all her needs for two years after she suffered a disabling stroke. He was a wonderful father to his two children, supporting and encouraging their every endeavor. He cherished his three grandchildren, showing great interest in every aspect of their lives.
Frank attended various churches throughout his life. About 10 years ago, he made a personal decision to accept Jesus Christ into his heart. At age 88, Frank professed his faith in a believer's baptism in Nantucket Sound. Being an active member of Cape Cod Church brought him great joy.
Frank was predeceased by his wife, Lucille in 2008. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth (Webber) Fleury and her husband Stephen of Richford VT, his son Richard Webber and his wife Carolyn of Hampden MA, and his three grandchildren, Laura Webber of Charlotte NC, Kristen Webber of Framingham, and James Webber at Clemson University. He is also survived by his brother Robert Webber and his wife Ellie, and his brother Richard Webber. In addition, his sister-in-law Joan Webber, sister-in-law Harriet Baker, and brother-in-law Caleb Hayward III survive him. He will be greatly missed by all his relatives and many friends.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, March 11 from 1 - 4 pm at the John Lawrence Funeral Home, Marstons Mills. Frank's Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, March 12 at 11:00 am at Cape Cod Baptist Church, 1205 Nathan Ellis Hwy, East Falmouth. Burial will be at 12:30pm at Massachusetts National Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Barnstable Land Trust, P.O. Box 224, Cotuit MA 02635 or Cape Cod Baptist Church.