Frank S. Alexander, age 66
Our beloved Frank’s 66-year adventure on the earth ended on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2016. Frank’s adventure began in Plainfield, New Jersey, on Feb. 22, 1950. He was the only son of a hard working single mother, Anne U. Nameika. Movies and books inspired Frank to find a better life for himself and his mom far away from the one-room flat in a struggling immigrant neighborhood. By Christmas of 1959, he had earned enough money shining shoes to buy two bus tickets to Yuba City, California, where his aunt Kate took them in. Frank worked as a paperboy, farmworker, and stall cleaner around the Marysville/Yuba City area, until his move to Sunnyvale in 1964. Frank graduated from Sunnyvale High School in 1968. He attended college and worked all around the Bay Area, collecting a wonderful group of life-long friends. He always worked, be it at Snow White Drive-in, driving a school bus, working the dock at IBM, driving an LTL truck for PAD transportation, starting his own East-West trucking company, shipping T-shirts for Bill Graham’s Winterland, hustling airfreight for Northern Airfreight, and finally starting his own transportation brokerage, General Transportation Systems/General Logistics Inc., now operated by his daughter Lauren Darr.
Frank’s mother Anne passed in 1975. Around that same time, Frank was lucky enough to meet and later be adopted by George and Peggy Carroll. With the adoption, Frank was blessed with three sisters, Gina, Ann and Jamie, as well as a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Frank met his wife, Patricia Geib, on a chance meeting in his own living room in Oakland in 1983. Frank and Pat went on to marry in August of 1987. Daughter Lauren arrived in August of 1988 and they soon moved to Kenwood.
Frank embraced his Kenwood lifestyle by joining the Kenwood Fire Department, supporting agriculture and education organizations countywide, and wholeheartedly participating with his fellow “Roosters” to drink wine and support local causes.
Frank loved his Kenwood life full of friends, family, wine, horses, golf, and his Boxer, Buster Pawsy. His boisterous laugh and warm smile made everyone feel welcome.
Frank is survived by his wife, Pat; his daughter and son-in-law Lauren and Will Darr; his precious granddaughter, Paxton June Darr; his sisters Ann (Frank) Lordeman, and Jamie (Tim) Mandelke; his mother-in-law Marty Geib, and his sister- and brothers-in-law John (Penny) Geib, Janet (Bob) Uboldi, and Jim (Patti) Geib, as well as his many nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a casual celebration of Frank’s life on April 2 at his home in Kenwood, from 1 to 4 p.m. Please come to share your stories and memories of Frank. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Kenwood Education Foundation, Elsie Allen Ag Boosters, or Kenwood Firefighters Association.