The Obit For Frank Shupper

Frank Shupper

Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home
February 27, 2012

Frank Shupper, Teacher, Coach and Renowned Athlete, age 89, from West Orange and Toms River, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2012, peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife, Joyce, and his daughters, Lori and Lynda.

Frank would want to be remembered as a loving husband, father, teacher and coach. He started his career as a stand out athlete in football and baseball at Rahway H. S., where he is in the Rahway Hall of Fame. He received a full scholarship to Lebanon Valley College where he lead the football team in scoring and became a player and coach of the basketball team.

He was recruited by the New York Yankees, where he played AA ball, coached by Lefty Gomez, and played with Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra.

He started his coaching career in Palmyra, PA where he is in the Palmyra Hall of Fame. Frank coached all three sports to state championships over the next nine years. He then moved to Orange High School, NJ, where he took a struggling football program to the big 10 conference and was recognized in Essex County as coach of the year, 1963 his record was 8 in 1. He completed his coaching career at West Orange High School, coaching the football team to a winning season.

Frank continued to teach physical education in West Orange until he was 72 years in age. I asked one day why he didn't move on to college or professional coaching after so many winning seasons, and his response was his greatest gift was to help young boys grow into responsible young men.

Frank's father died before he was born, leaving his mother with eight children. His football coach in high School helped him find his way and obtain a full scholarship to Lebanon Valley College. He went on to help many young men obtain scholarships to college.

Frank met his wife Joyce at Lebanon Valley College and had three children, Lynda, Lori and Craig.

Frank leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Joyce; his daughters Lori and Richard D'Aries of Succasunna and granddaughters Kim and Kelly D'Aries, Lynda and Dave Seaman of Amelia Island, FL; grandsons Trent, Brad, and Drew Seaman and Jason Shupper; and three great grandchildren, Jonathon, Caitlind and Brianna Seaman. Frank's beloved son Craig passed away three years ago.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, from 12:00 noon until the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Toms River, 1070 Hooper Ave. Toms River.

A private burial will be held on Monday at Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill Pa.