Obituary of Francis Bakos
Frank Bakos, age 82, of Egg Harbor Township, formerly Linwood, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Friday February 23, 2018.
Frank was born in Bayonne, NJ to Frank and Catherine Bakos and attended local grade schools and high school before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1955. He worked summers as an office boy in downtown NYC and during this experience he loved to say he worked at “30 Rock”. When he entered the Air Force in 1955, he was stationed at Otis Air Force Base in Cape Cod, MA. He then served tours of duty in Japan and Guam as an air traffic controller. He was an avid sport enthusiast who played semi-pro baseball for Standard Oil and the Air Force.
Frank received his appointment to the FAA in 1960, working at Newark (EWR) and Kennedy (JFK) Airports as a fully certified Air Traffic Controller. In 1971, he was selected to commission the newest ATC system, known as the automated radar terminal system (ARTS). He spent many months in Minneapolis, MN training on this and other ATC systems. He transferred to the FAA Technical Center (NAFEC) in 1975 as an Air Traffic Control specialist to develop and test modern ATC systems. Upon his retirement, Frank was a consultant for multiple Government aviation contractors. Frank loved his work and the value it provided to advance air traffic control. He especially enjoyed the people, friends and coworkers, and was always eager to share his knowledge in the field of Air Traffic and the experiences he had in safety controlling aircraft in the busiest airspace in the world.
Frank enjoyed working with his community so much so that he was awarded the Linwood Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1996. He was co-founder of the Linwood street Hockey program; a member of the Linwood Board of Recreation from 1976 to 1995; ran the Memorial day Parade for many years, the Centennial, Girls Softball, announced the Senior baseball league and was active in Men’s Softball. He was a Charter Member of Nor-Lin Kiwanis; received the Distinguished Presidents award 1982-1983; Merit and Governor’s Award in 1987-1988; participated in all phases of fund drives and served on the Executive Board of Kiwanis International. During his many years of volunteering Frank always stepped up when asked to help and often spear headed major improvement projects, which are too numerous to mention. He was the past president of the MRA Swim Club multiple years and oversaw this organization through those years of growth and improvement.
Frank was an exceptional gardener and landscaper often designing unique landscapes that rivaled those of professionals, from elaborate fish ponds to flower gardens of tulips and other species. He often donated his time and expertise to improving the landscaping for the Linwood Recreation field and MRA. He won three ribbons for his plant entries at the Philadelphia Flower Show in 1997. He was a collector and enthusiast of antique clocks, Frank never saw a vintage clock he didn’t like and enjoyed bringing them back to life. He and his wife Virginia were seasoned travelers, touring Europe, China and Russia while enjoying the new discoveries and cultures they encountered.
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Virginia, and his four children, Linda Bakos, Gail Pomrink (Bob), Scott Bakos and Beth Bakos-Matthews (Chris). He has six beautiful grandchildren, Hannah, Zachary, Tyler, Noah, Sean and Kieran. He enjoyed spending time with all of them at the beaches of Wildwood Crest. He also leaves behind his brothers William, Robert and sisters Carol Caputo and Pat Henniger (deceased) as well as many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Angelic Hospice and Visiting Angels, especially Fran and Jennifer.
A viewing will be held Wednesday evening, February 28, frrom 6-7 pm at the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, 1707 New Rd., Linwood. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated, 11am, on Thursday, March 1st at St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish- St. Bernadette’s church, 1421 New Rd. in Northfield. A Viewing, in the church will begin at 10am.