Frank E. Sears Jr.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, Frank E. Sears Jr., age 75, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at his home in Lake Placid after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Frank was born on July 7, 1944, at the Placid Memorial Hospital. He was one of five children and a true “Adirondack Man” at heart. He spent many years hunting, fishing and helping with the family dogsled business. He attended Lake Placid High School, where he was on the football and track-and-field teams. He still holds the triple jump record, set in 1962, when he jumped 40 feet, 8.5 inches.
He later met and married his wife Anita. Together they raised two children, which gave him five grandchildren whom he loved and adored.
He purchased his father Frank’s landscaping business, which he ran for over 35 years. He grew the business to one of the largest contracting companies in the area at the time that covered landscaping, developing and construction. He had a work ethic that would tire even the strongest man. He learned all aspects of this business on his own, and that was quite the accomplishment. He loved working with heavy equipment. He had a passion for developing property — his biggest subdivision and work of heart was Blueberry Hills in Lake Placid. He would often donate his time and skills to work on community projects such as the Shipman Youth Center and Project Playground at the Lake Placid Elementary School.
Frank and his wife Anita (aka Paco and Chiquita) loved to travel during the winter months. For the past several years they have visited Zihuatanejo, Mexico. They made friends with the staff at their favorite hotels and restaurants. These friends were more like family.
Frank was predeceased by his father Frank Sears Sr., his mother Elizabeth “Betty” F. Sears, and two sisters: Natalie Clark and Nancy Marmion. He is survived by wife Anita; children Dawson (Ashley) Sears and Desiree (Mike) Skutt; five grandchildren: Michael, Olivia, Sam, Vann and Breckin; sister Betsy (Roger) Richards and brother Donald (Bev) Sears, along with many nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours, but a memorial service will be planned for summer 2020 in Frank’s honor. Donations in memory of Frank may be made payable to the Lake Placid Elementary School Playground Fund (attn: Mrs. Franklin, 318 Old Military Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946).
The family would like to send a special thank-you to High Peaks Hospice, the Merrill Center for Oncology at Adirondack Health, and Clark Funeral Home.
The M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory, upload a photo or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.