Francis M. "Chief Grate
Francis M. "Chief Grate
  • March 10, 1947 - September 12, 2016
  • Berlin, Maryland

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Francis Marion Grate died on September 12, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was born in 1947 in Georgetown, SC where he grew up on Arcadia Plantation. He was the son of the late Francis Grate and Susan Gardner. Frank was a man of faith and principle. He recently retired as vice-principal at Mardela Middle and High School. Prior to serving as an administrator, he had been a pupil personnel worker and English teacher for Wicomico County. He was a professional who especially enjoyed working with students. He graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a degree in English education and then from Salisbury University with a master’s degree in English. Frank particularly liked to read his Bible and British literature. Frank cherished his family and will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Patricia Grate, and his stepsons, Mark and Scott Thomas (Diane) along with his grandchildren: Alex, Stephy, Alicia, and Morgan Thomas, and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Sylvia, Gladys, Patsy, Barbara, Josie, Sharon, and Lamont. In addition, he leaves to mourn cousins: Joe and Helen Grate, with whom he was raised and regarded as siblings, plus several aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 1st at 10:00 AM at Mardela Middle and High School and on Saturday, October 15th at 11:00 AM at Wilds’ Chapel in Georgetown, SC. The family has requested no flowers; please make a donation in Frank’s name to a charity of your choice.