Francis Vincent Scanlan passed away peacefully, after a short illness, surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Frank was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 22, 1932, the youngest of five children, born to James and Mary Scanlan (White). He grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts, graduating from Belmont Hill School, Harvard, and from Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1961.
After serving in the Marines for three years, stateside and in Japan, Frank spent two enjoyable years as a beat reporter at the Hartford Courant. After earning an MBA he became a stockbroker, initially in New York City and then in Greenwich, Connecticut at Janney Montgomery Scott and A.G. Edwards.
In 1963, Frank married Brigid Chick. Though the marriage didn’t last, it produced his two beloved daughters, Amanda and Wendy. However successful he was in business, his true joy came from his family. Rarely missing a field hockey game, horse event, musical concert or school play, he always put his family first, and Brigid has remained a life-time friend and confidant.
Frank was a passionate tennis player, with a wicked south-paw serve that led to many an amateur tournament win, a highlight being his victories at the annual Greenwich Town Tournament, winning titles in both singles and doubles. He enjoyed running in various races, from 5K’s to marathons. He was a dedicated peace activist, a proud, life-long liberal, a knowledgeable opera buff, and a supporter and patron of local public libraries, most notably, the Greenwich Town Library and the South Burlington Public Library, where he served as a trustee.
In 2008, Frank moved to his third New England state when he relocated to Vermont, to be nearer to his family. He had the good fortune to meet a special friend Janet Sisson, of Shelburne, Vermont. They shared many wonderful adventures together, fulfilling a life-long dream to cruise the Danube. He also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially Sunday meals with her daughter and son in law, Anne Linton Elston and David Elston, of Winooski, Vermont.
Frank is predeceased by his parents, his sisters Mary Alice Connolly and Nancy Batal, and brothers in law Jack Connolly, Jack Batal, and Charles Boyle. Survivors include his two daughters Amanda Goodison (Max), of Exeter, England, and Wendy Lachapelle (Marc), of Burlington, Vermont, and his beloved granddaughter Emily Goodison. He loved watching her boundless energy on the gymnastics floor…and everywhere else, as well as hearing her stories and songs. Frank is also survived by his brother James Scanlan (Alice), of Winchester, Massachusetts, and his sister Priscilla Boyle, of Westport, Connecticut, and many loving relatives and friends from coast to coast.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the professional staff at The Residence at Shelburne Bay, Shelburne, Vermont, for their hard work and loving, patient caregiving; and the Lachapelle family, of Shelburne, Vermont, for their years of kindness, tech support, and generosity.
A celebration of his life will be held at St. Catherine of Sienna, in Shelburne, Vermont, on Friday, November 16, at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Frank’s name to King Street Center, 87 King Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05401, or the Veteran’s Association in your community.
A life-long learner, a boundless giver, a world traveler, and a bon vivant of the first order, Frank’s zest for life, and his love and dedication to his family and many friends was matched only by his extraordinary Irish wit and charm.Remembering his many jokes and stories will keep us laughing and smiling at his memory for years to come.His joie de vivre, humor, and humanity will keep him forever in our hearts.