In memory of
Francis "Goody" Best
In memory of
Francis "Goody" Best
Francis 'Goody' Best, 94 WWII sailor on USS Missouri, a driving force in CYO league Francis Michael Best, better known as "Goody, Frank, Dad, Uncle Sonny, and Grandpodge," passed away at the age of 94, April 13, 2020, after a short illness in Southern Ocean County Hospital. Frank joined the Navy in 1943, at age 17 during World War II when the entry age was 18. His tour of duty was on the newly commissioned USS Missouri headed for the Pacific Theatre where she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Frank was on board the ship when Japan surrendered on it on Sept. 2, 1944, in Tokyo Bay. Upon returning to civilian life, he found a need for teenage boys to get off the street corners in Stapleton. He approached Father John who allowed him to open the Immaculate Conception school gym to start an intramural league, eventually entering the CYO League. Realizing the girls needed time also, he got permission after practice to allow the girls and boys to learn how to dance until 9 with some instruction. Father Mescal introduced Goody to Marjorie V. Ihnken after he volunteered to escort her and two boys from St. Michael's Home to the circus in NYC after the friend who knew how to travel in the city backed out at the last minute. (Fate) Four months later, Frank and Marjorie were married on Nov 27, 1954, by Father Mescal. Five years later they bought a home in St. Sylvester's Parish where in no time he started an intramural league and again entered the CYO League where he had a long affiliation. With the help of Ed Reopke, George Rhatigan, Butch Weir, Bob Latorre, the Cintulla Brothers, John Passa, Gary Prager and many more young men and women who came through the Parish and returned to volunteer their time, the league was successful for over 30 years. Frank was one of the founders of the 35 and over softball Sandlot League and played every sandlot on S.I. Frank worked for almost 40 years in NYC, first starting on the Stapleton piers working for Hoffa Tobacco, later being transferred to the Midtown office, then doing a short stint for Morgan Stanley Bank. Upon retiring, he worked transporting pilots to and from the tugs on SI. He also worked at Bagel Eddie's in New Dorp for many years and then went to work for son Jimmy's bagel store in Arrochar, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Upon retiring to the Jersey shore in 1997, he continued to work at the Bagel Eddie's in Ship Bottom, L.B.I. He was beloved by all customers. Frank was also the mayor of the block, where he knew everyone and everything going on. Every morning he would set the American flag out front and on the back dock like clockwork, and then would take them in at night until his son, John and family purchased him a flagpole with a solar lite on top. He was thrilled. Frank was a true proud American. He leaves behind a beloved wife of 65 years, Marjorie Best; six children and their spouses: Michael and Naomi Best, Jim and Debbie Best, John and Patti Ann Best, Margaret Mary Best and Jack Rooney, Stephen Best and David Best. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren: Colin, Alec, Christopher James, Chase, James, Lauren, Desiree, Brett, Jackie, Patrick, Kevin, Brian, Christine, John Patrick, Kaitlin, Matthew, Kerri, Ryan, Meghan and Erin and their spouses; 11 great-grandchildren: Brenden, Shannon, Jaelin, Jackson, Julianna, Caleb, Brayden, Jaiden, Ollie, Amia, and Elias. The Funeral Mass is July 23, 10 a.m., at St. Sylvester's Church, S.I., N.Y. Burial is July 24, 12 noon, at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ 08562.
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In memory of
Francis "Goody" Best
Francis 'Goody' Best, 94 WWII sailor on USS Missouri, a driving force in CYO league Francis Michael Best, better known as "Goody, Frank, Dad, Uncle Sonny, and Grandpodge," passed away at the age of 94, April 13, 2020, after a short illness in Southern Ocean County Hospital. Frank joined the Navy in 1943, at age 17 during World War II when the entry age was 18. His tour of duty was on the newly commissioned USS Missouri headed for the Pacific Theatre where she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Frank was on board the ship when Japan surrendered on it on Sept. 2, 1944, in Tokyo Bay. Upon returning to civilian life, he found a need for teenage boys to get off the street corners in Stapleton. He approached Father John who allowed him to open the Immaculate Conception school gym to start an intramural league, eventually entering the CYO League. Realizing the girls needed time also, he got permission after practice to allow the girls and boys to learn how to dance until 9 with some instruction. Father Mescal introduced Goody to Marjorie V. Ihnken after he volunteered to escort her and two boys from St. Michael's Home to the circus in NYC after the friend who knew how to travel in the city backed out at the last minute. (Fate) Four months later, Frank and Marjorie were married on Nov 27, 1954, by Father Mescal. Five years later they bought a home in St. Sylvester's Parish where in no time he started an intramural league and again entered the CYO League where he had a long affiliation. With the help of Ed Reopke, George Rhatigan, Butch Weir, Bob Latorre, the Cintulla Brothers, John Passa, Gary Prager and many more young men and women who came through the Parish and returned to volunteer their time, the league was successful for over 30 years. Frank was one of the founders of the 35 and over softball Sandlot League and played every sandlot on S.I. Frank worked for almost 40 years in NYC, first starting on the Stapleton piers working for Hoffa Tobacco, later being transferred to the Midtown office, then doing a short stint for Morgan Stanley Bank. Upon retiring, he worked transporting pilots to and from the tugs on SI. He also worked at Bagel Eddie's in New Dorp for many years and then went to work for son Jimmy's bagel store in Arrochar, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Upon retiring to the Jersey shore in 1997, he continued to work at the Bagel Eddie's in Ship Bottom, L.B.I. He was beloved by all customers. Frank was also the mayor of the block, where he knew everyone and everything going on. Every morning he would set the American flag out front and on the back dock like clockwork, and then would take them in at night until his son, John and family purchased him a flagpole with a solar lite on top. He was thrilled. Frank was a true proud American. He leaves behind a beloved wife of 65 years, Marjorie Best; six children and their spouses: Michael and Naomi Best, Jim and Debbie Best, John and Patti Ann Best, Margaret Mary Best and Jack Rooney, Stephen Best and David Best. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren: Colin, Alec, Christopher James, Chase, James, Lauren, Desiree, Brett, Jackie, Patrick, Kevin, Brian, Christine, John Patrick, Kaitlin, Matthew, Kerri, Ryan, Meghan and Erin and their spouses; 11 great-grandchildren: Brenden, Shannon, Jaelin, Jackson, Julianna, Caleb, Brayden, Jaiden, Ollie, Amia, and Elias. The Funeral Mass is July 23, 10 a.m., at St. Sylvester's Church, S.I., N.Y. Burial is July 24, 12 noon, at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ 08562.
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