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Francis C. Hillgardner

1942 ~ 2022 (age 79)

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Frank was born on November 13, 1942, in Brooklyn, NY.  After graduating high school in Long Island, he joined the Army and served honorably, receiving the rank of first lieutenant.  He became a Texan when he married Susan Hobbes and raised his two daughters Holly and Sharley.  He owned and ran his own automotive shop, a trusted community institution in Arlington, Texas, for decades after that.

Those who knew Frank knew he was a quiet but loyal man. While he considered himself a Texan, Frank let his daughter Holly know that he could solve any problem she would encounter, because as a former New Yorker, he always "knew a guy. . . "   He had three loves in life aside from his family - fishing, softball, and eating.  For many years Frank was an infielder on the Texas Legends, a nationally ranked senior softball team that toured the country playing in regular tournaments for many years. He spent weekend hours teaching his daughters to fish on Lake Whitney, close to their home. And as for food, Frank loved Nathan's, Tex-Mex, and after relocating to Massachusetts, lobster rolls. 

Frank will always be remembered by those who knew him for his work ethic, quick wit, generosity, and tenacity.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, May 14, in the Carr Funeral Home.  The service will be live streamed; the link will be available the morning of the service.

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Memorial Service
May 14, 2022

1:00 PM
Carr Funeral Home
24 Hill St.
Whitinsville, Massachusetts 01588

Video is available for this event

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