Celebration of the Life of Franklin Lamar Brickler
Franklin (Frank) Brickler’s journey began in Atlanta, Georgia on July 29, 1945. He was the youngest son of Philip (deceased) and Harriett (deceased) Brickler’s children: Philip (deceased), Charles (deceased), Ray (deceased), Timothy, Claudine (deceased), Franklin and Beatrice.
In 1960 Tim drove Claudine, Frank, and Bea to the Atlanta train station for their trip to New York City where they lived with aunts after their mother’s and grandmother’s deaths. Frank became the “responsible big brother.” Perhaps this is when he acquired his sense of dedication, guardianship, leadership, and loyalty. These qualities embodied Frank throughout his personal and professional life.
He chose to use these qualities for public service. After graduating from City College, Frank dedicated his life to education. To enhance his leadership qualities, he earned Master degrees in counseling (CCNY) and administration (Bank Street College).
Frank served as teacher, dean of students, counselor, assistant principal, and principal. He touched the lives of junior high school (his alma mater) students, veterans, incarcerated students, troubled youth, and adults in need of their high school equivalency. Later in life, students would stop and thank him, as fellow teachers, police officers, and chefs, just to name a few professional successes.
When Frank retired in 2001, after more than thirty years of service with NYC Board of Education, he didn’t stop. He joined Westbury/Carle Place AARP and served as vice president for one year. He was also a member of the Westbury/Carle Place Rotary Club, which had a meaningful mission statement that included an outreach education program.
Frank’s personality was larger than life. He left an impression on everyone he met. He took pride in capturing the attention of a room full of people with his storytelling, extensive knowledge of history (especially African-American history), political views, and great sense of humor. In addition, his sense of style and grooming were impeccable (especially as a younger man) which always included his “shined shoes (and car).” He will be remembered as a caring, loving, dependable husband, father, brother, uncle, in-law, and friend. He was very much loved and will be greatly missed.
Frank’s journey ended with his loving wife (of nearly 49 years) Patricia and daughter, Candece; his brother Timothy Brickler and sister Beatrice Noone; brothers-in-law: John Noone and Morris Davis; sisters-in-law: Olive Belton, Joyce Johnson, Patricia Davis, and Wilena Brickler; and hosts of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.