Frank Anthony Liola, of St. James, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the age of 68.
Mr. Liola was born Aug. 31, 1946, in Kearney, New Jersey, the son of the late Frank Edward Liola and Jeanette Peters Liola Thompson. He grew up in North Arlington, New Jersey attending the Queen of Peace schools. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1966 through December 1968. He was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA in management.
Prior to relocating to St. James, Mr. Liola resided in North Caldwell, New Jersey where he enjoyed working with the youth of the community and coached boy’s baseball, girl’s softball and soccer. He also spent six years on the North Caldwell Board of Education, contributing to an already excellent school system.
Mr. Liola spent 35 years in sales and market development with Deluxe Corporation, partnering with client accounts nationwide in the financial services industry. He relocated to St. James in August 2006 with his wife, Celeste and retired in January 2007.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and participated in the Ministry of the Word for many years. Mr. Liola also coordinated the Reserve Club neighborhood monthly dinners and helped introduce the neighborhood dinner program to the St. James community. He participated in St. James P.R.I.D.E., served on the POA’s nominating committee and was selected to participate on the St. James Advisory Committee where he chaired both the house and golf sub-committees. He volunteered with The First Tee of Brunswick County at the Southport Elementary School.
He enjoyed his Monday and Wednesday golf groups, participating in the Men’s Golf Association, reading, time at the beach, fishing with the grandchildren and being with family and friends. Mr. Liola was known and loved by many.
Surviving are his wife, Celeste Liola, of the home; daughters, Christine Challeen and husband, Joshua, of Leland and Suzanne Matus and husband, Zachary, of Lexington, Massachusetts; son, David Liola and wife, Katherine, of Ashburn, Virginia; grandchildren, Tiberius Matus, Cora Challeen, Conrad Matus, Harper Liola, Sarah Challeen and Gannon Liola; sister, Peggy Argyelan and husband, Joseph, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey; and mother-in-law, Fannie Bell, of Southport. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Winter Matus.
A viewing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2015, at Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service. A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Following the funeral Mass a celebration of life reception will be held at the Reserve Club in St. James Plantation.
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