Joseph F., Jr. "Frank" Corson Retired Captain / Current President March 15, 1931 - March 18, 2008
By Bill Bates
It is a very sad week for the MEPRI Organization and the entire community of Mount Ephraim, as a well respected and dedicated member of the community has passed on.
It is with deep regret to announce the passing of Frank Corson, EMT who was a long time member of M.E.P.R.I. (Mount Ephraim Police Reserves Incorporated) Ambulance, Squad 4 for more then 22 years. Frank ran countless hours of volunteer service on the ambulance for Mount Ephraim as well as surrounding communities where they were
called upon often. Frank answered calls with many members from the community and touched everyone with has charming personality and sense of humor. Frank was the most dedicated heart and soul members of MEPRI Ambulance and adored his hobby enough to have it as his custom license plate "Squad 4".
A younger picture of Frank (second from Left) with his wife Mary in front of him, after one of the town's annual July 4th Parades. (click on photo to enlarge)
As you can imagine, Frank's talent and continuous dedication did not go unnoticed as he received several awards over the years. Many meals were missed and many nights were spent away from home and from his loving family. Frank shared his passion of running on the squad with his beloved wife Mary as well as his oldest daughter Debbie over the years and they answered many calls together. Frank also was an avid collector of trains as his entire basement reflected that. Frank showed off his second favorite hobby every chance he got to family and friends that stopped by. Frank was always working on something whether it was the house, his trains, or something for the MEPRI organization. Just about every Friday night, you could find Frank at the MEPRI building where they were conducting BINGO to support the self funded volunteer ambulance. Frank always worked the card window..
A older group shot with the members from MEPRI Ambulance - Squad 4. From Left to Right are John Haggerty, Patty Haggerty, Henry Hartman, Mary Corson, Frank Corson, Cindy Holmes, Kenny Robertson, Marietta Engle, & Mary Anderson. (click on photo to enlarge).
Frank passed on March 18, 2008, after a two week stay at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. Frank and Mary most recently lived in Deptford for the past 2 years, and were formerly of Mount Ephraim for 47 years. Beloved husband of Mary M. (nee Ventura) for 54 years. Devoted father of Debra Day of Camden EMS (Larry), Patricia Hollen (Jim), Barbara Fedorak (Wayne), Denise Creato (Jeff) and Kirk Corson (Anna). Loving grandfather of Drew, Ryan, Greg, Jim (Jess), Doug, Kelly, Jeffrey, Jessica, Sara and Emily.
Frank was the originator of Mt. Ephraim Girls Softball and served as President for 14 years. He served as President of MEPRI for over the past 10 years and was Captain of the Mount Ephraim Ambulance Squad for 20 years. After 30 years with Abbotts Dairies, Frank started a second career as an EMT with the Camden County Board of Social Services for 13 years after retiring in 2005.
To honor a member of the emergency services community who gave so much of himself to his community for so many years, relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing from 6 to 9 pm Friday evening and again 9 to 10 am Saturday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Service 10 am Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Bethel Memorial Park, Pennsauken.
Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to Condolences@Gardner FuneralHome.com