- 84 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 26, 1930
- Place of birth:
Buffalo, New York, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 20, 2014
- Place of passing:
Plano, Texas, United States
Frank was born February 26th, 1930 in Buffalo, NY to Lewis G. Wells and Mildred S. Wells nee Slossman.
Raised by his mother and his grandmother, Frank excelled in sports and played semi-pro football when he was seventeen for Dan Murphy’s Bar and Grill in Buffalo. After graduating high school he studied to be an electrical engineer and briefly worked with Westinghouse. He attended Lawrenceville School for a year in preparation for Princeton University where he graduated Cum Laude in 1954 with a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature. He then attended Harvard Business School before joining his father and grandfather in the fundraising business.
Frank worked in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Switzerland and England opening up businesses and soon became the CEO of Wells Organizations, Wells International and Wells Fundraising Consultants, directing such successes as Westminster Abbey, Magdelene College Oxford, raising of the Mary Rose, the Iron Gorge Museum, Cambridge College and the Grand National to name a few in England. Frank returned to the U.S. in '83 and retired in '94. There were hundreds of individual churches and hospitals internationally who benefited from Frank’s expertise over the years. He had a great gift and enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life - from the richest to the poorest. He was a happy soul who adored his family and was especially proud of his children.
Frank is preceded in death by his first born Leslie Peterson who died at the young age of 32. He is survived by Lisa, his wife of 34 years; son Frank (Ty) Wells and wife Nancy of Winnipeg, Canada; daughter Karen Partlow and her children Michelle and Stephanie and great grandchild Sydney of Seattle, WA; daughter Kim Lopez of Malaga, Spain; daughter Kiala Hanneman and her husband Joel, granddaughter Aubree Johnson and grandson Miles Hanneman of Plano, TX and daughter Leigh Wells and her fiancé Dan Sagum of Allen,Tx.
"Another year gone and we miss you still. How the time flies by. Thinking of you and our wonderful times together. Lx"
"One year gone in a blink. How we miss you so. We went to the Fish Shack to remember a beautiful man who will be in our hearts forever."
"Wasn't able to make it to the Fish shack on the 26th, but am hoping to do so in the next day or so. Frank's favorite place to eat. I may even have some oysters :) Miss you Babe OXOXOX"
"Happy Birthday Dad! RIP"
Dick and I are so sorry to hear about Frank. We really enjoyed the time we had on our cruise with you and Frank. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Blessings to you always. Dick and Jean and the Edson Family"
"Sorry to hear this news, Lisa but it is great to read about Frank's achievements and life. All our blessings at this time,
Sally and Wilfred Morrow"
"We are all so sorry to hear of Frank's passing Lisa. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Sending all our love and condolences at this terribly sad time. Love and prayers from the Gunnings"
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