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Official Obituary of: Frank Michael Gookin 05/04/2020

Frank Michael Gookin 05/04/2020

NORTH ATTLEBORO – Frank Michael Gookin, Jr., 85, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family.  He was the beloved husband of Kathleen B. (Hiscock) Gookin for nearly 60 years.

Frank was a lifetime resident of North Attleboro and a 1954 graduate of North Attleboro High School.    His police career began in 1959 where he served for 32 years for North Attleboro, also graduating from the FBI National Academy in 1978.   Retiring in 1992, he subsequently became a Special Officer in Plainville before retiring in 2019.

He was a proud member of the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves.

Frank enjoyed going to his cottage in Maine, fishing and being with his family.  He was also an avid football fan, playing semi-pro football for the Providence Steamrollers. In 1990 was inducted into the Attleboro Area Hall of Fame for his North Attleboro High School football career.

Frank was well known for helping others and loved spending time with family and friends and was a longtime member of the Massachusetts Police Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Christopher M. Gookin of North Attleboro; his daughter, Karen L. Gookin of Cumberland, RI; siblings: Patricia Anderson of Tallahassee, FL, Charles Gookin of Waldwick, NJ and Kenneth Gookin and wife, Susan of Hershey, PA; several nieces and nephews and a favorite grand-dog, Lexie.

Private services are entrusted to Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

 

 

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  • Sorry for your loss. I remember the days of putting the docks in the freezing cold water at your cottage on Long Lake with Frank and your whole family. Some very fond memories. Love Derek  

  • Our Condolences to your family.  Frank was my shift commander for many years,always helpful and a great guy to work for.  

  • RIP Frank, my first close classmate friend, St. Mary’s School, and my sympathy to Kenny, fellow trumpeter.

  • I grew up in Old Post Road and thought Frank was the best, his family too. I was just a kid when he would come by the house to pick up the NAPD payroll that my gram Helen would do each week. My condolences to the whole family as well as many thoughts and prayers for all of you through out this very difficult time. He was a wonderful kind man.

  • Frank was a great man who was always very helpful to me when I worked at the Attleboro District Court and would go to the NAPD usually to release a prisoner from the lockup. There was never a problem when Frank would escort a defendant from the cell for me because after listening to Frank for about 2 seconds they knew who was in charge. Frank was a gentle giant who assisted a lot of people during his brilliant career in law enforcement and will always be remembered as a good man. Please accept my condolences, hold onto your memories and we will keep your family in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Ed Doherty

  • RIP my friend  I had the pleasure of meeting  frank by waiting on him at honey dew in north attleboro always was a pleasure to be around and always had a smile on his face he will be missed rip kind sir

  • Beloved Uncle, wonderful man, like a second father to me.   Heaven’s gain is our loss.

  • As superintendent of NAPS from 1971-1991 I frequently interacted with Frank Gookin. … I found that he was unfailingly a man of utmost integrity, professionalism, and humanity. … A credit to himself, his family, and the community he served.

  • So sorry for your loss.  I didn’t know him well but my father “Omer Charron” Worked with him in the police force. May he RIP

  • Deepest sympathy to your family. R.I.P. my brother in blue you will be greatly missed. Frank always had your six, and it’s time to ride his little horse into the sunset.

  • Prayers and Condolences. Good Man that will be missed by all. Had the Honor to work for the Lt. years ago. He will not be forgotton.

  • Sorry for your loss,Chris and family. It was always a pleasure to see the Lt at the voting booths.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss.  Frank was also the beloved crossing guard at the Plainville Wood and Jackson schools.  

    He was sorely missed when he retired and there will never be another who could replace him.  He was loved dearly by the children crossing the street, the bus drivers for sure and the staff at the schools.  Rest in peace Frank. ❤

  • So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Our condolences go out the family. We have always considered us part of the extended Gookin family and had an opportunity to visit the family’s summer cottages in Maine,May he Rest In Peace. 

  • I can remain back the 80’s as a young nurse’s aide working at Madonna Manor Nursing Home and the daily visits he made to see his Mom. 
    I always thought what a wonderful son he was, such a nice man and how very lucky his Mother was. Thinking of his family during this sad time. 

  • To my friend you will be missed enjoyed working with you and our friendship. Louise and I will keep you and your family in our prayers. 

  • Karen, Kathy & Family,
    What a wonderful man he was. Like a dad to me. So many years of wonderful memories to treasure. Sad there won’t be more. We are so sorry for your loss & will miss him very much too.  Our dads are back together again fishing and now watching over us together.
    Hugs and much love!

  • Frank was a great guy to work for and a good friend. He will be missed around the Bridgton, ME area where he spent a lot of time at his camp. Frank was a friend of all. Prayers for his family.

  • My condolences to his family. Frank was a very caring and generous man. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace Frank. Thank you for your service.            The Employees at HoneyDew Rte. 1 N.A. ??

  • We are so sorry to hear about Frank , while I didn’t know him as a police officer as our mom and dad  did , we knew him from  the times we met at honeydew donuts. He was a very good and kind person. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 

  • “Uncle Frank” was truly the Best!! He was my dads partner in crime lol, both serving on NAPD and best friends outside of work. When my dad passed unexpectedly in 1986 “uncle Frank” filled a huge void in our life. Always there for my mom and family. We have so many wonderful memories but the Maine memories are the BEST. “Uncle Frank” LOVED his time in Maine, whether it was giving everyone rides on the party boat, fishing off the dock or in his fishing boat  or playing some Serious games of Trouble with the kids, we will never forget. He was the sweetest, kindest man!! Thank you for the memories that we will all treasure. Rest in the sweetest Peace. Much Love. 

  • Chris and family, so sorry for your loss.  Your dad was a one of kind and a great man and police officer.

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful, kind, caring man! I always liked him, he always had a smiling greeting for me each time I would walk into the old Mason Street Police Station! My husband, a fellow police officer learned a lot from him. He was one of the good guys! He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Rest in sweet peace dear man. ??❤️

  • My father, who passed away in January, worked alongside Officer Gookin for many, many years. I remember fondly coming into the Mason Avenue station and seeing Officer Gookin. He always had a smile and a kind word. I  offer my deepest condolences to your whole family. Rest in peace, sir.

  • Dear Aunt Kathy, Chris and Karen
    Beautifully written…..his was a life well-lived. 
    And we’re happy to have shared some parts of it.  
    Whether it was trips to North Attleboro when I was a little girl, or to when I was able to bring our boys down to Maine, we have great memories to remember him by.
    You are in our thoughts…take care.
    Rest In Peace Uncle Frank
    Love Kim, Tony, Aleks and Nik

  • Karen, 
    Joe and I are so very sorry for the loss of your father. Out thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  • It was heartbreaking to lose him.  He was such a wonderful man.  Always there for everyone.  A wonderful friend to me and my family.  We love you Frankie.  we will always have great memories that will keep you close in our hearts.  Rest In Peace my friend. ?

  • I grew up on the other side of Grove Street about 4 houses down from the Gookins. Great family. Frank was an awesome guy as well as a good friend. I am sorry to hear this news and send condolences to his family. 
    So much if my childhood is fading away but the memories of stickball, junk tag, ally ally in free hide and seek, and all the other childhood activities with the Gookin brothers and his moms home made root beer will always be with me. Rest well my friend. See you on the other side. 

  • Very beautifully written. My condolences to the whole family. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you thoughout this very difficult time.

  • Our deepest condolences to Frank’s family, we’ve been neighbors of Frank’s for 26 years, he was the sweetest man and the first to offer our family help of any kind.
    Thank you for your service Frank.
    Rest In Peace, you will be missed.
    The Grimes Family and Boomer.

  • Dear Karen and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s illness and passing.  May you find comfort in your memories at the Lake and your devotion to your Dad.  Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.  Love, Jane Wallace

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  1. Dear Karen and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s illness and passing.  May you find comfort in your memories at the Lake and your devotion to your Dad.  Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.  Love, Jane Wallace

  2. Our deepest condolences to Frank’s family, we’ve been neighbors of Frank’s for 26 years, he was the sweetest man and the first to offer our family help of any kind.
    Thank you for your service Frank.
    Rest In Peace, you will be missed.
    The Grimes Family and Boomer.

  3. Very beautifully written. My condolences to the whole family. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you thoughout this very difficult time.

  4. I grew up on the other side of Grove Street about 4 houses down from the Gookins. Great family. Frank was an awesome guy as well as a good friend. I am sorry to hear this news and send condolences to his family. 
    So much if my childhood is fading away but the memories of stickball, junk tag, ally ally in free hide and seek, and all the other childhood activities with the Gookin brothers and his moms home made root beer will always be with me. Rest well my friend. See you on the other side. 

  5. It was heartbreaking to lose him.  He was such a wonderful man.  Always there for everyone.  A wonderful friend to me and my family.  We love you Frankie.  we will always have great memories that will keep you close in our hearts.  Rest In Peace my friend. ?

  6. Karen, 
    Joe and I are so very sorry for the loss of your father. Out thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  7. Dear Aunt Kathy, Chris and Karen
    Beautifully written…..his was a life well-lived. 
    And we’re happy to have shared some parts of it.  
    Whether it was trips to North Attleboro when I was a little girl, or to when I was able to bring our boys down to Maine, we have great memories to remember him by.
    You are in our thoughts…take care.
    Rest In Peace Uncle Frank
    Love Kim, Tony, Aleks and Nik

  8. My father, who passed away in January, worked alongside Officer Gookin for many, many years. I remember fondly coming into the Mason Avenue station and seeing Officer Gookin. He always had a smile and a kind word. I  offer my deepest condolences to your whole family. Rest in peace, sir.

  9. So very sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful, kind, caring man! I always liked him, he always had a smiling greeting for me each time I would walk into the old Mason Street Police Station! My husband, a fellow police officer learned a lot from him. He was one of the good guys! He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Rest in sweet peace dear man. ??❤️

  10. Chris and family, so sorry for your loss.  Your dad was a one of kind and a great man and police officer.

  11. “Uncle Frank” was truly the Best!! He was my dads partner in crime lol, both serving on NAPD and best friends outside of work. When my dad passed unexpectedly in 1986 “uncle Frank” filled a huge void in our life. Always there for my mom and family. We have so many wonderful memories but the Maine memories are the BEST. “Uncle Frank” LOVED his time in Maine, whether it was giving everyone rides on the party boat, fishing off the dock or in his fishing boat  or playing some Serious games of Trouble with the kids, we will never forget. He was the sweetest, kindest man!! Thank you for the memories that we will all treasure. Rest in the sweetest Peace. Much Love. 

  12. We are so sorry to hear about Frank , while I didn’t know him as a police officer as our mom and dad  did , we knew him from  the times we met at honeydew donuts. He was a very good and kind person. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 

  13. My condolences to his family. Frank was a very caring and generous man. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace Frank. Thank you for your service.            The Employees at HoneyDew Rte. 1 N.A. ??

  14. Frank was a great guy to work for and a good friend. He will be missed around the Bridgton, ME area where he spent a lot of time at his camp. Frank was a friend of all. Prayers for his family.

  15. Karen, Kathy & Family,
    What a wonderful man he was. Like a dad to me. So many years of wonderful memories to treasure. Sad there won’t be more. We are so sorry for your loss & will miss him very much too.  Our dads are back together again fishing and now watching over us together.
    Hugs and much love!

  16. To my friend you will be missed enjoyed working with you and our friendship. Louise and I will keep you and your family in our prayers. 

  17. I can remain back the 80’s as a young nurse’s aide working at Madonna Manor Nursing Home and the daily visits he made to see his Mom. 
    I always thought what a wonderful son he was, such a nice man and how very lucky his Mother was. Thinking of his family during this sad time. 

  18. So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Our condolences go out the family. We have always considered us part of the extended Gookin family and had an opportunity to visit the family’s summer cottages in Maine,May he Rest In Peace. 

  19. I’m so sorry for your loss.  Frank was also the beloved crossing guard at the Plainville Wood and Jackson schools.  

    He was sorely missed when he retired and there will never be another who could replace him.  He was loved dearly by the children crossing the street, the bus drivers for sure and the staff at the schools.  Rest in peace Frank. ❤

  20. Sorry for your loss,Chris and family. It was always a pleasure to see the Lt at the voting booths.

  21. Prayers and Condolences. Good Man that will be missed by all. Had the Honor to work for the Lt. years ago. He will not be forgotton.

  22. Deepest sympathy to your family. R.I.P. my brother in blue you will be greatly missed. Frank always had your six, and it’s time to ride his little horse into the sunset.

  23. So sorry for your loss.  I didn’t know him well but my father “Omer Charron” Worked with him in the police force. May he RIP

  24. As superintendent of NAPS from 1971-1991 I frequently interacted with Frank Gookin. … I found that he was unfailingly a man of utmost integrity, professionalism, and humanity. … A credit to himself, his family, and the community he served.

  25. Beloved Uncle, wonderful man, like a second father to me.   Heaven’s gain is our loss.

  26. RIP my friend  I had the pleasure of meeting  frank by waiting on him at honey dew in north attleboro always was a pleasure to be around and always had a smile on his face he will be missed rip kind sir

  27. Frank was a great man who was always very helpful to me when I worked at the Attleboro District Court and would go to the NAPD usually to release a prisoner from the lockup. There was never a problem when Frank would escort a defendant from the cell for me because after listening to Frank for about 2 seconds they knew who was in charge. Frank was a gentle giant who assisted a lot of people during his brilliant career in law enforcement and will always be remembered as a good man. Please accept my condolences, hold onto your memories and we will keep your family in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Ed Doherty

  28. I grew up in Old Post Road and thought Frank was the best, his family too. I was just a kid when he would come by the house to pick up the NAPD payroll that my gram Helen would do each week. My condolences to the whole family as well as many thoughts and prayers for all of you through out this very difficult time. He was a wonderful kind man.

  29. RIP Frank, my first close classmate friend, St. Mary’s School, and my sympathy to Kenny, fellow trumpeter.

  30. Our Condolences to your family.  Frank was my shift commander for many years,always helpful and a great guy to work for.  

  31. Sorry for your loss. I remember the days of putting the docks in the freezing cold water at your cottage on Long Lake with Frank and your whole family. Some very fond memories. Love Derek  

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