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Frank J. Plath III

May 6, 1942 — February 13, 2022

Frank J. Plath III

It is with great sorrow that the family of Frank J. Plath III, announces his passing on February 13, 2022.  As he would say, he was bumping 80 years old.  He lived in Speigletown NY for over 50 years.  

Frank was born and raised in Albany. He was the son of Frank J. Plath II and Rosemary Nolette Plath. As a tractor-trailer driver for 50 years, he spent many long days on the road.  Known as, “Roller skate,” he made friends everywhere he went.

He was our superhero in suspenders, an amazing man with a heart of gold that would help anyone. Much like McGyver he could rig anything, enjoyed tinkering, and always carried a flashlight.  He will be remembered for his quick wit and incredible advice.  He had a special talent for always finding a way to explain things so that everyone would understand and get a good laugh at the same time. He loved his pets, gave the best hugs, and was an incredible storyteller. His children and grandchildren will always treasure their many memories of family camping trips. He raised his family loving and laughing.

He was a loving and devoted husband of Linda D. Plath for 42 years. Frank and Linda were active members of Ballston Center Presbyterian Church.  He was predeceased by two daughters Donna Rhodes and Susan Mata (Rodney), his parents and two sisters, and survived by one sister. He was the father to Peggy Kristich (Tony), Raymond Rhodes, Frank Plath IV (Debe), Laurie Plath, Joseph Rhodes (Wendy), Leah Decker, Marcie Vohnoutka (Ed) and had twenty-one grandchildren twenty-three great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

A very heartfelt thanks to the wonderful ICU nurses at Samaritan Hospital and the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department.

Family and friends are invited and may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday February 18, 2022 at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh. Funeral service will be private. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Schenectady City Mission in his name. Please mail all gifts: City Mission, PO Box 760, Schenectady, NY 12301.

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Friday, February 18, 2022

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8 109th St, Troy, NY 12182

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