The founder of New Jersey Buddies, a northern New Jersey HIV/AIDS service organization, Franklin A. Smith died February 10, 2016 at 76 years old. He was born March 24, 1939 and most recently lived in Port Charlotte Florida.
The family plans a New Jersey viewing on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the O’Boyle Funeral Home, 309 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ 07003 from 2 to 4 pm and at 7 to 9 pm. Burial is on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Arlington Cemetery, 748 Schuyler Ave., Kearney, NJ 07032 at 10 am.
A close friend, Pat Bain, said, “For those of you who had not met Frank, he is returning to his roots in New Jersey. For NJ Buddies Frank was the root of this organization. Frank lead a group of volunteers in the early 80’s whose purpose was to support anyone affected by a nameless illness. This little group incorporated in 1985 and has grown over the years and changed as the times have changed… but his vision still is viable. May he rest in peace. If you can’t attend, please just say a silent thank you for his work.”