Franklyn E. “Frank” Hubbard, 100, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. He was born in Rome on January 24, 1918, the son of the late Clark and Anna (Kammrad) Hubbard. He was a graduate of Rome Free Academy, Class of 1936. On May 1, 1948, he was united in marriage to Mildred “Millie” Shepard, a blessed union of 69 years.
After graduating high school Frank was employed by Warren McArthur Company, an art deco metal furniture company, founded in Rome, he then traveled with the company to Bantam, CT. In 1939 he returned to Rome and became an apprentice tool maker with Rome Manufacturing, Division of Revere. In 1946 while still at Rome Manufacturing he and his brother Fritz started a tool and die shop in the barn behind his house, part time. As it grew he left Rome Manufacturing and began full time at the tool and die shop, called Hubbard Tool & Die Corporation. The business gained steady growth and they then moved the business to its current location off of Mill Street in Rome. He and his brother Fritz ran a very successful business. That business continues on today.
He was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ.
Frank was an outdoorsman who thrived in the Adirondack Mountains trapping, hunting and fishing. He loved going to Carter, staying in the hermit camp with the guys, hunting, snowmobiling and playing cards. He shared so many great stories with all of us. One of his greatest prides was his log cabin on Rondaxe Lake that he and Millie built in 1986. It was at the cabin that so many wonderful memories were made with family. If he wasn’t trolling on the lake, or canoeing, you could find Frank splitting wood and loving the beauty of the woods and lake. He, along with his son-in-law and grandsons, cherished their time snowmobiling and hiking into the ponds to set and check his beaver traps. In the summer family would gather with Frank and Millie to enjoy the beauty of Rondaxe Lake.
He cherished the times to share his adventures with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: to talk about all that he witnessed in the world and what he had learned, hoping to give all of us an edge in life. We cherish those wonderful conversations in our hearts forever.
Frank was never one to be still. He was a lifelong member of McConnellsville Golf Club. Known for his Arnold Palmer swing, Frank loved the challenge of the game and was an outstanding player into his 90’s, having shot his age at 89. In the winter he had been active in two bowling leagues during the week and weekends he would be in the woods.
He was a lifetime member of the Rome Elks, 70 year member of the Fort Stanwix Hose Company and Volunteer Fireman’s Benevolent Association.
Frank’s greatest accomplishment was his family. He cherished his wife Millie, whom he affectionately calls “Toots”. Together they raised their three girls. As a Husband, Dad, Grampa and Great Grampa, he instilled lifelong values of love, respect, hard work, loyalty and commitment.
As a family, together we celebrated Frank’s 100th Birthday. He loved the time to all gather as a family, to talk about all he had achieved, how much the world has changed in his lifetime. He was never one to boast, but we couldn’t be more proud to call him “Dad” “Gramps” and “Great Grampa Frank”.
Surviving besides his beloved wife, Millie, are three daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Tom Stedman of Irwin, PA, Joan and Kim Ashton of Racine, WI and Susan and Dave Hrim of Rome; six grandchildren, Megan, Jillian, Beau, Ryan, Paul, Brian, and Michael who predeceased him; seven great-grandchildren, David, Dalton, Natalia, Enzo, Eden, Shylie and Addison; and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Cyrus “Cy” and Frederick “Fritz”.
Private services for the family were held on Sunday. There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be in the Spring at Evergreen Cemetery. In honor of our father’s love of the forest, we ask in lieu of flowers, you consider contributions in Frank’s memory to The National Arbor Day Foundation for which they will plant trees in one of our nation’s forests or please consider the Alzheimer’s Association.
You may light a candle, send a message of sympathy, and read the obituary at www.nunnandharper.com.