November 23, 2016

Obituaries 11/23/16

obit-frank-11-23-16Henry J. Frank 

Henry J. Frank, PhD, resident of Princeton for more than 60 years, passed away November 20 in Voorhees, N.J. A World War II veteran and professor of finance, he served as the chairman of the Princeton Traffic Safety Committee and as the Service Officer for American Legion Princeton Post 76 for much of that time.

Henry Frank was born on June 29, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and grew up in the New York/New Jersey area. He graduated high school by age 16 and received his Bachelor of Arts in political economy from Columbia University in 1938. Serving in the Army Corps of Engineering during World War II as a reconnaissance officer, after VE-day he closed out his active military career by running a U.S. Army nightclub in Grenoble, France.

In 1952 he moved his family to a new house, funded by veteran’s benefits, in Princeton. With his academic focus on state and local government finance, he began attending Princeton Township Committee meetings as an interested local resident. He continued to attend the meetings, as often the only non-elected or appointed official present, for the next 60 years.

In 1958 he received his doctorate in political economy from Columbia University. He taught economics and finance at the New Jersey College for Women (now Rutgers University), Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, N.J., and Rider University in Lawrenceville. He firmly believed in academic freedom and actively participated in the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for 70 years. The AAUP chapter of Rider University honored him with 2 awards given annually in his name. In addition to teaching, he provided consulting services in matters of local finance for governments in Maine; Montgomery County, MD; and numerous New Jersey jurisdictions.

He was pre-deceased by his wife of 71 years, Bernice M Frank. He is survived by his children, Ellyn (George) McMullin, Elliott Steven Frank, and Carolyn Frank.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. with a service to follow at 2 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.

Given his commitment to higher education, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Columbia College Financial Aid in Memory of Henry Frank at Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Attn: David Silver, 622 West 113th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10025.


Ralph Miles Allaire Jr.

Ralph Miles Allaire Jr., 89, of Princeton and Ocean Grove, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, November 18.

Born and raised in Belleville, N.J. Bud resided in Princeton for more than 60 years and was a lifelong summer resident of Ocean Grove. He served in the U.S. Navy in Pensacola, Fla. beginning in 1945, he was honorably discharged in 1947. Following his service he received a two year degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University then graduated with a business degree from Upsala College in East Orange, N.J. He had a 35 year career in the textile industry with J.P. Stevens and Dan River. As an avid golfer, he was a member of the Springdale Golf Club for over 50 years. Also, a member of the Ocean Grove Ushers Association, serving at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove for 60 summers. Since moving to Princeton he has been a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Bud loved spending time with his family, summers at the beach, and playing golf with Dolores and their friends. Bud had a strong work ethic and enjoyed working well into his 80s. He also had a deep love for animals and always had one of his pets by his side.

Bud is predeceased by his daughter, Suzanne Allaire, who passed away at the age of 9. He leaves his wife of 65 years, Dolores Allaire; his daughters, Carol Petrone (James), Beth Cox (Steve); and three granddaughters, Jaime Yamamoto (Akira), Kelsey, and Jillian Petrone.

Calling hours for family and friends were held Tuesday, November 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A service will take place on Wednesday, November 23 at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to S.A.V.E. Animal Rescue at 1010 County Road 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.


obit-caskey-11-23-16Daniel Wolstenholme Caskey

Born on July 19, 1968 at Princeton Hospital; died on October 18, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Dan attended Princeton schools, Choate, Rosemary Hall, and Tulane University, graduating in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

After college, Dan lived in San Francisco from 1991-2001; the Princeton area again from 2001-15, moving in with his dad, Barry Caskey after his mother Carol Caskey died, and lived in Piedmont, Calif. for the last year of his life.

Dan’s work included 6 seasons at Springdale Golf Club where he ran Outdoor Operations and had most recently been working for 6 months at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, from which he is remembered as a great employee.

Lover of music and sports, Dan followed the Radiators and the Grateful Dead and rooted for the Eagles, as well as college and professional hockey. He played many sports in his early years and continued with hockey and road biking as an adult, learning to ski and becoming quickly adept at the tender age of 46. Dan spent two seasons skiing over 50 days each at Alpine Meadows in North Tahoe. Dan loved growing things, including lots of sunflowers.

Dan is survived by his siblings, Diana, Dallas, and Julie Caskey; and nieces and nephews he loved dearly: Sierra and Stella Good of New York; Liam Caskey of Mount Kisco; and Calla, Jonas, Jasper and Nola Kra-Caskey of Piedmont, Calif.

Please join us in celebrating Dan’s life at Springdale Golf Club, 1895 Clubhouse Drive, at 2 p.m. on November 26, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation in his name to support skiing for people with disabilities to:


Orlando R. Petrocelli

Orlando R. Petrocelli died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on November 6, 2016.

Orlando’s sense of humor, rich laughter, and vivacious personality will be missed by all whose lives he touched. His contributions to the lives of those he loved and who loved him cannot be measured in words. He was a devoted son, a proud sibling, a dedicated husband, a supportive father, and an even more proud grandfather.

His varied professional accomplishments include a stint in a chicken market as a child, a summer job as a teenager running the Tornado at Coney Island, and ran up to being a writer and best selling novelist, and later CEO of Woolsey Marine.

Orlando was an avid reader, a music lover, and a great storyteller. His diverse interests include being a subscriber to the Metropolitan Opera, a book review editor for the Trentonian, and involvement in local politics. Orlando is survived by sons Lucio, Joseph, and Neil, each of whom proudly know each and every lyric to South Pacific by virtue of their father’s stint in Princeton Community Theater.

Memories of their grandfather and their Nana Kathleen, who predeceased Orlando in 2011, will be shared for years to come by their grandchildren, Nicole, Joseph, Alexander, Christian, and Aedan Petrocelli.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 10, 2016 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton.

Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.