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Francis "Frank" W. Duplissis Sr.

January 31, 1959 ~ February 14, 2024 (age 65) 65 Years Old

Francis "Frank" Duplissis Sr. Obituary

Frank Duplissis at the age of 65 of Flanders NJ, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family after a valiant fight with cancer. Visitation will be held at Bermingham Funeral Home in Wharton NJ, Monday, February 19th from 4:00 – 8:00 with a service starting after 7. A celebration of Frank’s life and burial will be at a later date.

Frank was born January 31, 1959 in Columbia South Carolina to Mary Duplissis Wright. After her untimely death Frank was adopted at a young age by his maternal grandparents Francis and Edith Duplissis and raised on Garden Ave in Wharton surrounded by family and lifelong friends. His grammar and middle school were at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Wharton NJ and he completed high school at Morris Hills in Rockaway NJ.

Frank would say “sometimes it is better to be lucky”. He said he was lucky to meet his life partner, Louise (Plumley) Duplissis, at his cousins wedding. They married on September 18, 1982. In 1988 they were blessed with the addition of their son Frank Jr. Many years later Frank would welcome with great joy his daughter in law Kerri and the light of his life his red head granddaughter Quinn.

Frank realized that he wanted to work for himself, so having his mechanic and “fix-it” ability He started American Automotive in Wharton NJ. He took great pride in his 37 year career before retiring
last November. He worked hard for his customers who were more like family. He developed strong friendship of buddies that met at the shop regularly to discuss and solve the world’s problems.

Frank always had an interest in cars but a job working at Nees’ Gas Station as a young man would ignite a lifelong passion for drag racing. His Camaro (Instant Replay) and dragster would race at Island Dragway as his local track as well as all along the east coast and as far as the Midwest and Canada for big races. It was important that racing was a family affair and started Frank Jr at age 8 in Jr Dragster racing. They both cherished their time racing together as it brought them very close. Over the years Frank formed many long standing friendships with fellow racers from tracks that he competed at. He also enjoyed fishing, shooting at the rifle range, taking trips with family in the motorhome and enjoying his life at home in his garage.

Frank leaves behind his loving wife of 41 years Louise, cherished son Frank Jr, daughter in law Kerri and granddaughter Quinn. His sister in
law Nikki Duplissis, Brother in law Guy Plumley ( Linda) and family, Cousins Mark Thompson (Linda)and family, Susan Duplissis (Seton), Amy Lewis ( Andy) and family, Connie Melby (Jefferson) and family, Cynthia Wright (Jerry)and family, Kathy Betcher and family, Christopher Duplissis(Amy), Michelle Duplissis Tashev(Blago) and family. Maggie his dog.

Proceeded by his Mother Mary Duplissis Wright, Grandparents/adopted parents Francis and Edith Duplissis, Sisters Barbara Betcher and Betty Duplissis, Brothers Donald Duplissis and
Robert Duplissis, brother in law Victor Betcher, Father and Mother in law Robert and Eleanor Plumley, Cousin Jason Thompson. His special dogs Rex and Brodie.

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February 19, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bermingham Funeral Home
216 S. Main Street
Wharton, NJ 07885

Funeral Service
February 19, 2024

6:45 PM
Bermingham Funeral Home
216 S. Main Street
Wharton, NJ 07885


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