Frank David Macksel

Frank David Macksel of Riverhead, N.Y., passed away on May 31, 2020, at the age of 72, at home with his family by his side.

Frank was born May 29, 1948, in Greenport, N.Y., to Francis and Helen (Kominski) Macksel. A lifelong resident of Riverhead, he graduated in 1966 from Riverhead High School, where he studied auto mechanics at BOCES. Frank proudly served his country as an airman mechanic in the U.S. Navy. He was an electrician by trade and went on to get his commercial driver’s license and became a bus driver for Riverhead Central School District, from which he retired in 2004, after 16 years.

Frank was handy and enjoyed keeping himself busy with odd jobs around the house. He also proudly volunteered with the Tuesday Crew. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed spending time on the water in his boat fishing, clamming and eeling. He also enjoyed hunting and gardening.

Frank is survived by his wife, Tippy (Elizabeth Berezny), of 48 years; daughters Denise Macksel of Mineola, N.Y., Laura Deas of Alexandria, Va.; son-in-law Brandon Deas; grandson Treston Deas; sisters Dolores Freudenberg of Medford, Ore., and Nancy Camerer of Riverhead. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Janet Winters.

Arrangements were entrusted to McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. Interment, with military honors, took place at St. John’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Northwell Health Foundation. Donations can be made on the Foundation’s website by selecting to support “Northwell Health Cancer Institute” in memory of Frank Macksel, with a notation in the tribute message that “the donation be used for the Monter Cancer Center Clinical Trials.” Please also select the “notify recipient” box so the family may thank you.

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