Frank Ford

Frank W. Ford

Tuesday July 8, 1941 - Friday October 4, 2019
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Frank W. Ford, a longtime resident of Shrewsbury, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019, at the UMASS-Memorial Medical Center’s University Campus; he was 78 years old. Frank is survived by his husband, David P. Gillis; a sister, Jeannette Moore of East Brookfield; a niece, Noel McCann and her family in Jericho, VT; a nephew, Geoff Vercauteran and his family in Billerica; extended family and friends. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Mildred (Cole) Ford and a sister, Constantine “Connie” Gould.

Frank earned his History degree from Worcester State College and worked his entire career as a History teacher at Millbury Public High School. Frank was an avid collector of art glass and Russian Icons and enjoyed antiquing during his retirement. He and David looked forward to traveling and enjoyed their winters in Puerto Rico and summers in Provincetown.

A time of visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 8, at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, 34 Gold Street, Shrewsbury. A funeral service will immediately follow at 10 a.m. at the church. Frank will then be laid to rest beside his parents in Hope Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Frank’s memory to Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church- Building Fund, 34 Gold St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday October 8, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Tuesday October 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
    34 Gold Street
    Shrewsbury, MA 01545
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral

    Tuesday October 8, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday October 8, 2019 10:00am
    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
    34 Gold Street
    Shrewsbury, MA 01545
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Hope Cemetery
    119 Webster Street
    Worcester, MA 01603
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Mark Bracken

Posted at 08:57pm
Sorry to hear this. I only knew Frank through the glass collectors community. He was a keen collector, very knowledgeable and collected some of the best. His online comments made me smile every time they were seen or directed to me. Thanks Frank. I am sure he will be missed by many collectors around the globe including myself. My sincerest condolences go to his husband David, his family and his friends. He will be missed. Rest in peace Frank Ford.

Deb Fitzsimmons

Posted at 05:22pm
Dear David, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for your note letting me know of Frank's passing. Frank & I enjoyed many discussions about art glass and other things over the years. He was a wonderful, kind and fun person and I will miss him greatly as I am sure all who knew him will as well. Please accept my deepest sympathies to you and his family. Always, Deb Fitzsimmons

Lisa Chase-Dalrymple

Posted at 10:09am
My sincere sympathy to Mr. Ford's husband and Family. He was a wonderful man and great teacher. I really enjoyed having him as a teacher. May he rest in peace.

Deborah Brown

Posted at 03:11pm
David, Don and I send our condolences along with our love. I hope Connie and Frank Rest In Peace together. In lieu of flowers we have made a donation to St Nicholas Church.
Deb and Don Brown

Margarite Landry

Posted at 01:07pm
Frank was a loving, kind gentleman. He knew a huge amount about Orthodoxy, and was very devout. His knowledge of Russian icons was enormous, and for years he evaluated icons brought in for appraisal at the Museum of Russian icons. I first met him when I brought in an old paper icon of the Theotokos I got at a second hand store, and he very diplomatically told me it wasn't a valuable icon, but that people had treasured it for more than a century. Later he inspired me to join the Orthodox faith, and be baptized. He was extremely kindhearted, he had a wicked sense of humor, and I will miss him very much.

Craig Orkney Posted at 05:47pm

I knew Frank through the world of glass collecting. He was a wonderful man with a keen eye, and a wide area of collecting.... but only the best of what he liked. Frank also helped me with information about an icon I had. On a couple of occasions, he gifted glass to me. I will miss Frank's wit, and out discussions of glass. Through the years you meet lots of people, but Frank was a class act, and a one of a kind friend. He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace my friend.

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