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Frank R. Beardsley, age 81

I have a story to share about Frank.... I was working a night shift and there was a big lottery jackpot across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania so I decided to head over there first thing in the morning and buy tickets. Well I think that half the state on New Jersey thought the same thing and were on line with me. So as my shift grew closer - I was still on line with no tickets. I called Frank and he told me to start my shift there and shoot photos of the people in line. And - don't forget to pick him up a ticket too.

Thanks Frank for giving all of us the opportunity to work with you at the Press.

Thomas P. Costello,
NPPA Region 3 Director / Asbury Park Press VideoJournalist

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FRANK R. BEARDSLEY, 81, of Oakhurst, OCEAN TOWNSHIP, died Tuesday, May 8, at home. He was born in Jersey City and has been a lifelong Shore area resident, moving to Oakhurst 40 years ago. Frank was a graduate of Manasquan High School. He was a photo editor at the Asbury Park Press, retiring in 1989 after 46 years. He was the recipient of numerous awards from the N.J. Press Photographers Association and from the National Press Photographers Association. He served on the Ocean Township Board of Education for seven years.

Frank was a member of the Antique Motoring Club of Monmouth County.
He was a parishioner of the Atonement Lutheran Church, Asbury Park.
Frank was an usher at the church and a volunteer in their food pantry.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan Frederickson Beardsley; two daughters and a son-in-law, Carol Heaver of Oakhurst, and Sharon and John Adamo of Silver Spring, Md.; a grandson, Steven Heaver of Newark; and a cousin, Frank Mulligan of Point Pleasant.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until his funeral service at
11 a.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church, First and Heck avenues, Asbury Park. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Atonement Lutheran Church, or to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.

Buckley Funeral Home, Asbury Park, is in charge of arrangements.