In memory of
Francis Patrick "Frank" Darcy Sr.
Francis "Frank" Patrick Darcy Sr., 94, of West Orange, N.J., passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at The Dangler Funeral Home of West Orange, 340 Main Street, West Orange, at 8:30 a.m., then to Our Lady of the Lake Church on Lakeside Avenue in Verona, N.J., for the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, N.J. Visitation was held on Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. Letters of condolence may be posted at danglerfuneralhome.com . Frank was born in Providence, R.I., and raised in County Leitrim, Ireland, returning to and living in Providence, R.I., and East Orange, N.J., before moving to West Orange 45 years ago. Frank was educated in the National School and Irish Christian Brothers School. He was an excellent student and outstanding athlete in Gaelic Football. Frank's education in America included Labor Management School Rutgers University, Machinist Leadership School, and Union Officers Training at Rutgers, Labor Law and Grievance procedures, and Union Organizing at Saint Peter's College. He also attended courses in labor and politics at Penn State University. Frank received an honorary associate's degree from the Essex County College in 1987. This was awarded for applied science in Human and Social Services. Frank was a highly skilled machinist working for Gould & Eberhardt Co., Walter Scott Co., Tromers Brew Co., Ball Brew Co., Rheingold Brew Co. & the Pabst Brew Co., and Brown & Sharp Tool Co., where putting his job on the line, Frank was instrumental in the unionization of his co-workers into the International Association of Machinist Union Local 1142. He joined Local 340 IAM while at Gould & Everhardt, where he soon became shop steward, then ascended to the executive board, treasurer, and vice president, and for the next 35 years, served as its president. Frank was also chair of its Political Action Committee. He was delegate and executive board member of IAM District No. 15 New York, and vice president of the New Jersey State Council of Machinist. In 1960, Frank was elected to be a representative at the national convention and had served every year since. He had been a delegate to the State AFL-CIO Legislative Conference for over 40 years. Frank also served on the Machine Trades Review Committee for the Essex County Vocational Schools, The Rutgers Labor Center Trade Union Consulting Committee, The Botto House American Labor Museum Advisory Council, and was president of the Essex County College Labor Advisory Committee. He served as a trustee of the United Way of Essex & West Essex Hudson Counties. Frank served on the Essex County Vocation School Board from 1966 to 1970, and also served as its vice president and corresponding secretary. He was a key person responsible for the establishment of the Essex County Labor Resource Center. He was also the First coordinator of the Center. Frank served as the president of the Essex West Hudson Central Labor Council AFL-CIO for 10 years. He worked closely with the Economic Development Programs of C.E.T.A. and P.I.C. He was an active member of Irish Northern Aid, Clan na Gael, and the Irish National Caucus. Frank spoke freely of his support to IRA and Sinn Fein. Frank, with others, carried the England get out of Ireland Banner down O'Connel Street in Dublin in 1976. This was the first time the banner was carried since 1922. Frank was a founding member of the Irish American Society of the Oranges, the West Orange St. Patrick's Parade, and the 1916 Easter Week Parade and Ceremony in Newark, N.J. Frank was elected grand marshal of the Newark St. Patrick's Parade in 1965. He also served on many of their committees. He was a member of the Giblin Association, the Cryan Association, The Frank McGovern Association, the County Leitrim Society of New Jersey, The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of Essex County, the Hibernian Division 9, Montclair, N.J., and the Committee for Project Children. In honor of his 90th birthday, Congress flew the American flag over the Capital Building in Washington, D.C. Frank always knew that the working families, union workers, immigrants and the poor were always best represented by the Democrats. He voted for Democrats from FDR to Obama. During election time, his lawn looked like Democratic Headquarters. Frank always quoted in the words of Padraig Pearse: "the fools, the fools, the fools! - they have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace." Frank was a role model to some, a hero to others, and a legend to most. He walked picket lines and demonstrations, some that were often dangerous. He fought for human rights for all people. "Frank, the Union Machinist" for 69 years never quit. Frank was the beloved husband of 35 years of the late Catherine Darcy (nee Morley); devoted father of Patricia Ruane and Robert Ruane, Frank Jr. and his wife, Kathleen, Eileen Herbert and her husband, Pat, Brian and his wife, Cindy, and the late Mary McGovern; loving father-in-law of Eamonn McGovern; loving brother of Mary Cullen, Alice Heran, Mena McLoughlin, Gertie Brady, and the late Sean Darcy, Junior Darcy, Denis Darcy, and Lucy Grant; cherished grandfather of 18, great-grandfather of 33, and great-great-grandfather of one. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and his friend Margie Sheahan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank's name to the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 95 Old Short Hills Road, 1st Fl., West Orange, N.J. 07052.
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