PLATTSBURGH — Frank Leonard Daley Sr., 92, long-time resident of Greene County, died suddenly in the early morning hours of Friday, March 14, 2014, at the home of his daughter Elizabeth, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where he had been living quietly for the past several years.
Frank was born Oct. 18, 1921, at his family's home in Athens, N.Y., the son of the late Alton Brooks Parker Daley, MD and Frances Elizabeth (Shufelt) Daley.
He was a graduate of the Coxsackie Athens Central School, and attended Albany School of Pharmacy for a short period prior to enlisting and serving in the U.S. Navy as a medic during WWII. After his service in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Broadwater, Frank attended the University of Bridgeport, taking classes in retail, where he met his wife of 63 years, Natalie. They married on July 9, 1950, at the Little Church Around the Corner in Manhattan, followed by a formal reception at the garden of the Essex House. Their wedding was the start of many wonderful and often elegant social occasions the couple would host for friends and family, throughout the years after their marriage, in their former home on Prospect Avenue in Catskill, N.Y.
For most of his working life, Frank was self-employed. After marrying, Frank brought his wife to settle in Catskill where he opened Frank L. Daley Men's Wear, an upscale men's haberdashery, with the memorable slogan of "catering to those that are aware". As his family grew, for greater earning potential, Frank opted to take his sales acumen on the road and worked as a sales representative for various prestigious men's clothing lines like Wembly and Shields. In an effort to stay closer to home and spend more time with his family, he later purchased and operated The Rip Van Winkle Motel, subsequently leaving the unprosperous motel business behind to study and sit for his license to sell insurance. Frank became a national sales leader distinguished by inclusion in the Chairmans Counsel and President's Club for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, where he worked for several years until his retirement.