WILMINGTON — Born Baltimore, MD, 4 September 1926, and died peacefully of natural causes Wilmington, NC, 4 September 2021, on his 95th birthday. Predeceased by his first wife, Virginia Houston Conlon, son, Kevin George Conlon and grandson, Sean Houston Conlon.
Frank is survived by daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth Conlon and wife of past 18 years, Patricia K. Conlon and many nieces and nephews.
Frank enlisted in the US Navy at 17 at the end of WWII, received a fleet appointment to the US Naval Academy, served in the Navy 35 years, and retired with the rank of Captain. He continued his life of service as the second director of the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in Wilmington (1978-1991), two terms on Wilmington City Council, and numerous local non-profit boards. As Director of the battleship, he helped raise awareness of the memorial and attract tourists to the site. While on City Council, he was instrumental in development and promotion of the Downtown Riverwalk and was honored with a portion of the Riverwalk named after him – the Conlon Pier. In 1988, he received the Travel Council of North Carolina’s Bill Sharpe Travel Award from Governor Jim Martin for outstanding public service to the travel industry. In Wilmington, Frank was a member of Civitan and other clubs and a parishioner at Basilica Shrine of St. Mary.
Special thanks to Tywana Lewis and Nelson Bailey for ongoing love and care.
Future memorial service to be determined.
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