To our New Jersey Gymnastic community. On Friday November 23 Frank Brescia age 66 suddenly and unexpectedly passed away doing what he loved the most, skiing on Hunter Mountain NY. He passed away on the ski lift of a sudden heart attack. Frank became a friend of mine and I will always cherish his laughter and silly little jokes for the rest of my days. And to Gymnastic World staff and gym parents, frank loved you all and his love will be with us for the rest of our lives.
Frank was employee by Gymnastic World for the last 17 years as a class instructor and level 4 & 5 team coach. Franks full time employment was as Executive Director of the Wayne Foundation For The Handicapped located in Wayne, NJ. Frank also served in the Army during the Viet Nam conflict. He then went to Farleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. You probably have run into Frank at many NJ locals. He was a Gray haired soft-spoken well-mannered gentleman who cared about others and especially the well being of his young gymnasts. Our coaching staff and the children he has coached will miss Mr. Brescia. This first local at Sunburst is going to be a very difficult time for his young gymnasts for this is their first ever-level 4 competition. I wish to dedicate this season in Franks memory, Please take a few moments and go to the link we have provided and pay your respects to the Brescia Family.
He was born in Paterson where he lived for many years before moving to Pompton Lakes ten years ago. Frank received his formal education first at Paterson Central High School graduating with the Class of 1959. He then went to Farleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. Much of his business career was as a Purchasing Agent including having worked for McGregor Sporting Goods in East Rutherford and later APC Plastic Molding Company in Hawthorne. More recently he has served as the Executive Director of the Wayne Foundation For The Handicapped located in Wayne. The Foundation employees will certainly miss Frank because he gave that special job two hundred percent just for those very special people. For Frank managing the Foundation was more of a dedication than a job. He will sorely be missed at work. He had several hobbies including Gymnastics, a Pilot, s Golf, Hunting with bow and arrow but his favorite activity was Skiing. He leaves his family with many fond memories of a very kind and devoted family member who was very special in many ways. His sister Julia recalls how he taught her how to ski as well as teaching many other family members. Surviving are his sister Julia Coppo of West Paterson, three nephews Frank Coppo and his wife Connie, Thomas Coppo and his wife Lisa and Timothy Coppo; a grand niece Meghan Coppo and a grand nephew James Coppo. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 10 AM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4, 7-9 PM.
Those planning an expression of sympathy in Frank’s memory are asked to consider The Wayne Foundation For the Handicapped, 30 Woodridge Terrace, Wayne, NJ 07470.
Thank you NJ men's gymnastic community May god bless you Frank Bob Wasilewski NJMSC