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Francis Richard McCarron

Posted By Hall-Wynne On April 23, 2017 @ 1:24 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 34 Comments

Francis Richard McCarron of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the age of 70. Frank was born on May 13, 1946 to Gertrude Quinn and Gerald Richard McCarron in Newton, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1964 from Our Lady’s High School in Newton, MA. Upon graduation, Frank served two tours in Vietnam with the United States Army, First Air Calvary Division. In 1970, he married Sandra Wells Ryder.

Frank received a BS in engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts and a MS in civil engineering with honors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 1975, Frank moved to the Washington D.C. area to work for the Federal Department of Transportation, where he developed and led several major mass transit programs across the country. He designed and instituted the guidance for transportation programs, which are currently utilized. After retiring in 2001 from the federal government, Frank became a consultant on the transit systems’ implementation of the compliance and oversight program which he created. He finally retired in 2014!

In 2006, Frank and Sandi moved to Sunset Beach, NC, where he enjoyed playing golf, his 1961 Corvette, going to the beach with his grandchildren, playing pool at the Sunset Beach pier, cooking, and a good glass of chardonnay. He showed exceptional kindness and compassion to all family and friends and never missed an opportunity to crack a joke. He showed his love to family and friends through his photography and took great pleasure in capturing and sharing the significant moments in people’s lives. He was always up for a spontaneous road trip to a variety of locations, including historical sites, wineries, and local eateries.

Frank is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 46 years, Sandi: 3 children; son Chris (Lenie) McCarron; son Craig McCarron (Jennifer); daughter Megan (Joe) Garcia; 6 grandchildren, Ellie, Andrew, Charlotte, and Ryder McCarron, Alexandra and Jessica Garcia; brother Charles McCarron; sisters Mary-Lou Mayfield and Geraldine McCarron.

A celebration of life will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 29th at Brunswick Funeral Services: 5229 Ocean Highway W, Shallotte, NC 28470. A reception to follow will be held at the Sandpiper Bay Residence’s Center: 710 Sandpiper Bay Drive, Sunset Beach, NC 28468. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Duke Cancer Institute http://dukecancerfund.org.

Condolences for the family of “Francis Richard McCarron”

Condolence from Dian on April 23rd, 2017 2:38 pm

Sandy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Frank was a bright, talented individual and a lot of fun, too. He was a wonderful photographer. Frank will be missed. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Sandi on May 2nd, 2017 11:44 pm

Thanks Dian, you are right ..he was a wonderful man.

Condolence from Geri Spencer on April 23rd, 2017 3:55 pm

The picture you chose of Frank is the way I always thought of him and will remember him. Sandi and Frank, Sandi and Frank. You are a special couple. Always a joy to be around. The beautiful photos he took of my wedding are a cherished gift.

Condolence from Sandi on May 2nd, 2017 11:37 pm

And you are a dear and special,friends,. Love you

Condolence from Jerry and Georgie Gallagher on April 23rd, 2017 4:48 pm

Sandy and family, you have our heartfelt condolence and love. We’ll always remember Frank as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Our most cherished memories are when you two joined us in Maine. Such good times! His photography was and will be appreciated for years to come.

Condolence from Sandi on May 2nd, 2017 11:38 pm

He was a loving, humble amazing man. Thank you for the beautiful flowers and for sharing life with us

Condolence from Anthony Iannotta on April 23rd, 2017 5:00 pm

Dear Sandi and family,
I have known a man of incredible depth and intelligence. A man who possessed a sense of humor I could relate to and actually understand; to me, Frank was unpretentious , but cared for the finer things in life. He was humble, but had a pride in his talents that did not beg anyone’s approval. With Sandi and all of our friends in Sandpiper Bay, we enjoyed his company and shared some of the best times of our lives.
God watch over you, my friend .
Sandi, you are in our prayers and thoughts always.

Condolence from Sandi on May 2nd, 2017 11:41 pm

Oh Tony, you held a special place in Frank’s heart. Your description of the man he was is perfect. Love you and Bern.

Condolence from Linda and Dean Montgomery on April 23rd, 2017 6:28 pm

Sandy, Dean and I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Frank will be remembered for all the great photos he took and for the great person he was. He will be missed by everyone in Sandpiper.

Condolence from pam Mahoney on April 23rd, 2017 7:46 pm

I love this pic of Frank. Always a good guy, never complained. Was such a good friend to Fred. I remember all the stories Fred would tell me on Bestwick ct. He will be remembered so fondly by me and my family. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

Condolence from Charlene and Michael Marino on April 23rd, 2017 8:15 pm

Sandi, our love goes out to you and your family. Our deepest condolences. We always had a good time in Rehobeth with you and Frank. He will be missed.

Condolence from Charlene and Michael Marino on April 23rd, 2017 8:15 pm

Sandi, our love goes out to you and your family. Our deepest condolences. We always had a good time in Rehobeth with you and Frank. He will be missed.

Condolence from Sandi on May 2nd, 2017 11:48 pm

I know , Pam.. bestwicke Ct times were good and bad, yet we always managed to have a good time!Fred was an incredible friend…only wish the of us had more time together.

Condolence from Mary and Bob Stern on April 23rd, 2017 8:17 pm

Sandi we are so sorry to learn the passing of “Photo Frank”. His smile will live with us all ,,, .
Bob and I offer you and your family our deepest sympathy.
Mary and Bob Stern

Condolence from Sandi on May 2nd, 2017 11:49 pm

Thank you. He was an amazing man with a love for the community that he tried to capture in his pics

Condolence from Michele & Glen Holley on April 23rd, 2017 9:17 pm

Sandy and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Glen and I will always have fond memories of Frank.

Condolence from Abi (Betty) on April 24th, 2017 5:08 am

Thank you Frank for the many, beautiful photos you have taken of Alexandra and Jessica. You have captured so well their personality. Your granddaughters love you very much.

Condolence from Bunny Zotter on April 24th, 2017 8:19 am

Dear Sandi & family. Thank you for the honor of knowing Frank these past few years. He was always a gentleman & kind hearted. His love for Sandi was always so evident. God is surrounding himself with many good people from Sanpiper Bay. There is much rejoicing in heaven. God bless the McCarron family..love Bunny Zotter

Condolence from Catherine White on April 24th, 2017 10:12 am

Dear Sandy and family,
Jack and I are so sorry for your loss. Frankie was a wonderful friend and a big part of our childhood. No words can express the sadness we feel. We send our love and prayers to you all during His difficult passage.
Jack and Cathy “Trinka” De Luca- White
Ocala, FL

Condolence from Ann and Carl on April 24th, 2017 10:48 am

Carl and I are so sorry for your loss, frank was a warm and caring man

Condolence from Emile Trombetti on April 24th, 2017 12:41 pm

Megan and Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. He will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the lifetime of memories and happiness will help you through this difficult time.

Condolence from JZ on April 24th, 2017 2:25 pm

There are so many of us who are lucky enough to work with Megan back here in Virginia, and so deeply saddened by the loss of your Dad. While we didn’t know Frank directly, all of the wonderful joy, caring, humor, hard-working values you share with us each day at work, are reflections of an amazing father and family! God’s grace and comfort to your entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Tara Miller on April 24th, 2017 4:57 pm

Sandy, Megan, Chris and Craig- my condolences to you and your entire family. Your father was such an incredible man, one who I had the pleasure of growing up around and knowing. His jokes, his humor and his kind heart with me cherished forever in my heart!

Love to you all

Condolence from Kristen Veverka on April 24th, 2017 5:54 pm

Sandy (and family) I’m so sorry to hear of the news of Frank. He was such a nice and funny guy! He alway made sure to speak with me when I came in town to visit. I Have had many wonderful times with you both at the club house. And it’s appreciated the wonderful friendship you’ve made with my parents that my heart skipped a beat when they told me. I felt compelled to reach out to you and tell you that I send my deepest condolences at this time. He will alway be in our hearts !

Condolence from Celeste Barstis on April 24th, 2017 8:08 pm

Dear Sandi, Chris, Craig, and Megan,
We are so sorry for your sudden loss. Frank was a wonderful person and we feel lucky to have known him. It was always evident how much he really loved you all. We are praying for you and wish we could be there on Saturday to celebrate his accomplished life. With love, Celeste and Mike

Condolence from Eugénie and “dikke kussen” Anaïs on April 25th, 2017 1:59 am

We deeply share your grief.
You have our sympathy and affection. May they sooth your huge distress.

Condolence from Debbie and David Fragale on April 25th, 2017 8:31 am

We are so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Please know we are sending caring thoughts to you at this time. You have a lifetime of memories filled with happiness to be remembered. We hope they may ease your pain. Gob bless each of you.

Condolence from Stephanie and Frank Bender on April 25th, 2017 4:21 pm

Frank was a warm and wonderful man. We mourn his passing and will keep you and your family in our thoughts.

Condolence from Stephanie and Frank Bender on April 25th, 2017 7:17 pm

Frank was a warm and wonderful person. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Condolence from Nancy O’Shea on April 26th, 2017 9:33 am


We have all lost a very special friend. Always enjoyed the times we shared a cocktail at Sandpiper. It will truly be a celebration of his life and the memories he left for so many. Sending prayers to you and your family.

Condolence from Ray and Pat DeLuca on April 27th, 2017 5:42 pm

Sandi and Family,
We miss Frank’ s warm, wonderful sense of humor. He remained a dear friend through the years and across the miles. Praying for you and your family that your memories give you comfort.

Condolence from Brian Glynn on April 28th, 2017 5:05 pm

Kelly and I were so sorry to hear the news about Frank. From the first time I met him, I was struck by how warm and welcoming of a man he was. It is not often that I’ve met someone that I feel 100% comfortable talking to immediately, but that was certainly the case when I met Frank. I’m very grateful for the friendship you both developed with my parents, and can say I know they both treasure that dearly. Please know that you and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Brian and Kelly Glynn

Condolence from Gail Bado on May 3rd, 2017 6:50 pm

Dear Sandi and Family,
We were so sad and sorry to hear about Frank. Words seem to fall short but please know we are thinking of all of you and sending love and prayers. We will always think of him with a smile on our face remembering some of the good times we had, especially when we look at the pic of Willie Kcash and Ginny Tonic which hangs on our wall. With our deepest heartfelt sympathy and love.

Gail and Bob

Condolence from Mary Knapp on May 9th, 2017 2:30 pm


I worked with Frank in FTA for quite awhile and as others have stated, he had a superb smile. What a humble man; until I read the obituary, I was not aware that Frank had such impeccable academic credentials. Frank knew I had a place in Ocean City, MD (not the one that you stayed at!!) and he asked me for a suggestion as to what he could do to make the time special for you. My sincerest sympathy to you and what sounds like a wonderful family.

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