Francis Xavier Geary

Francis Xavier Geary

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 15 Dec 2000 (aged 67)
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Burial Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 114943346 View Source
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The Philadelphia Daily News
27 December 2000

Francis X. "Frank" Geary, a former reporter for the old Evening Bulletin, died of lung cancer Dec. 15. He was 67 and lived in Jacksonville, Fla.

Geary had been working for the past six years as a reporter for the Jax Air News, the newspaper for the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. He had previously worked briefly for the National Enquirer, the Globe and, for 13 years, as a reporter for the Bulletin.

After serving nine years in the Marine Corps as a drill instructor and journalist, Geary went to work for the Main Line Times.

Charlie Montgomery, senior editor of the National Enquirer, got Geary his first newspaper job when he left the service.

"He was one of the hardest working, basic reporters, like a hound dog," Montgomery said. "He got onto something and just didn't give up. He was extremely good with mob stories. He was a very aggressive reporter. But, he came off as the most soft-spoken, easygoing guy. He'd give you the shirt off his back."

Joe Daughen, a reporter for the Daily News, said, "He was really a very decent man who loved working for the Bulletin."

While at the Bulletin, Geary primarily covered Delaware County. One of his investigative series, on Chester City corruption, led to official probes which resulted in the conviction of ex-Mayor John Nacrelli and others.

"I had the privilege of having a loving husband and a caring person and wish other people had the same opportunity as I had," said his wife, the former Marie Shelley.

Geary was a graduate of Clifton Heights High School and had attended the journalism school of Northwestern University while in the Marine Corps.

Survivors also include two sons, Robert and William; three daughters, Donna Walsh, Cindy Geary and Andrea Lacanlale; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Seline Powell.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Burmont Road and Dennison Avenue, Drexel Hill