MIDDLETOWN, NJ – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Vosk, age 88, of Middletown on Saturday, November 19, 2011. For those of you who knew Frank, he was a walking encyclopedia regarding sports in Middletown and the entire Shore area. He was a 1940 graduate of Leonardo High School (Middletown Township HS) where he played football and baseball for the legendary Coach Arnie Truex.
In a ferocious gridiron battle with rival Neptune in 1939, Vosk kicked the winning extra point as the Lions beat the Flyers 13-12. In the papers he was dubbed Frank “The Toe” Vosk, a nickname that stuck with him for many years. Frank grew up on Kanes Lane in Middletown and his father farmed the property on Highway 35 where Outback Steakhouse and the Comfort Inn now stand. He once explained that he could not play high school sports his first three years due to chores that needed to be done on the farm. When his father stopped farming, he was able to go out for the high school team. Some of his teammates were Joe Bolger, Jerry Wilson, Jake Supienski, Tom Curley, Herb Haulboskey and Joe Adubato.
Blessed with a wonderful memory, he recalled how the team manager would drag out the leather helmets on a rope and the starters would pick out a helmet to play. Substitutes often had to grab a helmet from a starter in order to get in the game. He also chuckled when remembered Arnie Truex’s first football game in 1939. After two quarters the Lions were losing at halftime to a much bigger Red Bank team. During intermission, Truex scolded his players by saying, “I thought out colors were Orange and Black – not Yellow!”
An avid follower of Middletown HS North and Middletown HS South sports, in his later years he could often be seen sitting in his car just beyond the scoreboard taking in the game. He started going to Thanksgiving Day football games in the early 1930s and for many years, worked the chains for home football games.
Frank was a founding member of the Middletown Lion Sports Hall of Fame and served as the group’s Historian. His insights were invaluable and he was later honored with the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award. His two sons, Tom and Jim, were standout baseball players for the Lions. His older brother, Stanley, played baseball for Coach Lew Blood in the early 1930s. A veteran of World War II, he served upon on a US Navy warship in the Pacific theater. He retired from Camp Vail at Fort Monmouth where he was a rigger involved with constructing radar stations in the early stages of that technology.
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His love of sporting did not stop at football, basketball or baseball. Hunting and fishing, especially with family members, was a great joy in his life. Last but not least he enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved watching his grandchildren grow and of course his “little guy”, his great grandson Robert. Also surviving are 2 sons – Tom and his wife Barbara Vosk of Middletown; Jim Vosk of West Long Branch; a daughter – Patricia and her husband Randy Scoras of Howell; and grandchildren – Sarah, Mark, Kris, Dylan, Nicole, Kelli, Jessica, and Kyle along with many nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed. Frank was preceded in death by his wife – Ann Hromoho Vosk in 1993; brothers – Joseph Vosk, Charles Vosk, and Stanley Vosk and sister – Veronica Vosk Malecki.
Visitation will be held Monday, November 21, 2011 from 5 pm to 8 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 for 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Chapel, 26 Leonardville Rd., Middletown. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in his honor be made to the Middletown Lion Hall of Fame, c/o 8 Confield Court, Red Bank, NJ 07701 to support a scholarship at Frank Vosk’s alma mater. Vosk will be remembered with a moment of silence at the Thanksgiving football game when Middletown HS North visits Middletown HS South this Thursdy.
For more information, to send condolences or for directions, please visit www.pflegerfh.com