Cocoa Beach Citizens Action Committee

Just another day in Cocoa Beach

IN MEMORIUM

REST IN PEACE

FRANK  M. WOLFE

(1931 - 2014)

Dedicated to the memory of a long-time resident & citizen of Cocoa Beach

He helped many in need.   Hopefully, he has taught us an important lesson about caring for others.

Frank M. Wolfe was born in Hartford, CT, November 24, 1931, and after completing high school, enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served three years in the Korean War.   In 1958, he graduated from Rollins College, Winter Park, FL with a degree in Business Administration and psychology, and earned a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL in 1961.

A State of Florida Special Assistant to the Attorney General prior to moving to Cocoa Beach, Mr. Wolfe  was  known a senior partner in the firm of Wolfe, Kirschenbaum & Taylor, which later became Wolfe, Kirschenbaum, Caruso, Mosley and Kabboord, a major law firm in Cocoa Beach, FL locate in the Glass Bank building.   He also served as City Attorney for Cocoa Beach from 1963 to 1967, and concurrently served on the board of several banks, and was one of the founders and directors of the Merritt Square Bank, Merritt Island, FL.  From 1971 to 1981, he was CEO and Chairman of Leader International Inns, Inc., a large real estate company that owned and operated approximately 500 units in the Brevard County area.  He was a past Chairman of Ron Jon Surf Shop, a retailer known throughout the world, with its headquarters in Cocoa Beach.  Renowned for his architectural designing ability, Mr. Wolfe was well-known for the unique penthouse he built on top of the Cocoa Beach, FL  landmark, Glass Bank building, and in later years, spent summer months in Maine, where he designed and built a home on the Wells Reserve.

Frank Wolfe was known for his generosity and helped many individuals and families to whom he was a loyal friend.  He was an advocate for the underdog.   He was loved by many, and has left a lasting impact on many lives.  Frank lived life on his terms.  A life-long friend said he demanded excellence of himself, and his personal code of ethics was unshakable.  “Died because he wanted to . . . lived because he dared to.”

February 5, 2014  Cocoa Beach, FL

Dedicated to the Memory of Frank Wolfe                                                                  

The House by the Side of the Road 

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the peace of their self-content;
There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellow-less firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths
Where highways never ran;
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Let me live in a house by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by-
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner’s seat,
Or hurl the cynic’s ban;
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I see from my house by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears,
Both parts of an infinite plan;
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead
And mountains of wearisome height;
That the road passes on through the long afternoon
And stretches away to the night.
But still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice,
And weep with the strangers that moan,
Nor live in my house by the side of the road
Like a man who dwells alone.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by.
They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
Wise, foolish – so am I.
Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat,
Or hurl the cynic’s ban?
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

By Sam Walter Foss (June 19, 1858 – February 26, 1911)

 

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