Francis McGonagle, 88, Providence

Personal tragedy led to crusade for Army veteran

Posted 10/24/19

Francis “Frank” McGonagle, 88, died peacefully on October 13th, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Providence.

Frank was born in Boston, MA, and raised in Sommerville, MA. …

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Francis McGonagle, 88, Providence

Personal tragedy led to crusade for Army veteran

Posted

Francis “Frank” McGonagle, 88, died peacefully on October 13th, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Providence.

Frank was born in Boston, MA, and raised in Sommerville, MA. After graduating from Boston College in 1952, he served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean conflict.

In 1966 he lost his wife Charlotte in an automobile accident which left him severely burned. As a result of this experience, he learned about an international self-help organization, The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. He served on this organization’s board and became its president in 1993.

His business career spanned a half-century of advertising and public relations management assignments for Hallmark Cards, Hunt Foods, and Honeywell Automotive (Fram, Autolite, and Bendix). In 1991 he founded Brenton Productions, a television production enterprise specializing in automotive oriented cable programing.

He is survived by his wife Arlene of 41 years, plus his five children Charles, Margaret, Peter, Michael, and Timothy, four daughters-in-law and one son-in-law, along with eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 16th at 12 PM at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, 1 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI 02906 (401) 421-7970 www.firstunitarianprov.org. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's memory can be made to The Hamilton House, 276 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906, www.historichamilton.com, or The Phoenix Society Inc. 525 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, www.phoenix-society.org.  complete obituary at monahandrabblesherman.com

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