Frank Joseph Narucki

Frank Joseph Narucki

07-15-1934 - 04-30-2020
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Frank Narucki passed away on April 30, 2020, at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood. Frank was born to Frank and Genevieve (nee Urbanski) in Jersey City and lived his entire life in New Jersey. He is predeceased by his brothers Richard and Edward and nephew Scott. He is survived by his sister Rose Marie; nieces Judy and Arline; nephews Ronald, Edward, Robert, and Wayne.

Frank graduated as valedictorian for the class of 1952 from Ferris High School in Jersey City and attended Juilliard School of Music. He then served in the Army and Army reserves.

Frank was a very accomplished musician from an early age, appearing on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour - the original “American Idol” - at the age of 15. Though the clarinet was his instrument of choice, he also played the alto and baritone saxophones, oboe, piccolo, and flute (nearly all of the woodwinds). He played many genres of music, but mostly big band, classical, and polka. He played with the Bob Nevins Band, Stas Jaworski and His Orchestra, and the Whitehouse Wind Symphony, to name just a few. His last performance was with Bob Leive and the Wooster Street Trolley Band, playing some hoppin’ dixieland jazz at the Deer Head Inn.

Frank’s curiosity and intellectual ability were only dwarfed by his witty sense of humor, which always made us roll our eyes and smile. Frankie, you will be missed.

Please consider donating to the Whitehouse Wind Symphony in his memory.

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Casey Bork

Posted at 10:03am
Casey Bork, old Whitehouse Wind Symphony conductor
He was a fine everything: counselor, musician, friend, intellect, and philanthropist with his talent.
A gift to all who new him, We'll all miss him.
Casey Bork

Wayne Narucki

Posted at 01:16pm
Uncle Frank was the coolest cat of the family. Early adopter (first one in the family with an Atari and Palm Pilot), gifted musician, hipster hat collector, wild facial hair wearer, knowledge sponge (never lost in Trivial Pursuit), notable atheist, ribald jokester, and all-around good guy. We will miss you.

Jean Marie Sinclair

Posted at 03:09pm
My dear friend, you will be missed! So many happy memories of driving to NYC to hear the NYC Philharmonic and the extraordinary Ballet. Although a classically educated musician, you were phenomenal as an improviser. When the Wooster Street Trolley needed a clarinet for their gigs at the Deer Head Inn in the town of Delaware Water Gap, NJ, you readily stepped in to play Dixieland style music...& not only with your clarinet but saxophone, flute, piccolo and kazoo! Your sense of humor was also rare (and a bit racey at times), but you could always find humor in any situation, providing levity to the moment as well as double-entendres to contemplate. You were a generous soul for which I will ever be thankful!

Wayne Narucki Posted at 01:18pm

Thank you, Jean. He loved spending time with you!

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