Frank Masley, American Olympic Luger, Dies at 56

Frank Masley

Francis Joseph “Frank” Masley was born on June 30, 1960, in Wilmington, Delaware, and died on September 10, 2016.

He was an American luger.  Frank Masley competed in 1980, 1984, and 1988 Winter Olympics. You may view his stats here...

He attended Christiana High School and later earned a degree in civil engineering from Drexel University

He died due to cancer at home in Wilmington, Delaware at age 56.

Many of us at the Delaware Senior Olympics remember Frank speaking at our annual banquet. He spoke of the Olympics and was very personable. And, he brought his luge for all of us to see and even let those of us who were interested, sit in it. Frank was pretty cool.

 So, although this is an article that I'd file under "In Memoriam", I will also file it under "Athlete Stories".

We lost our beloved Frank on Saturday September 10, 2016 after a ferocious battle with melanoma. Frank has numerous life accomplishments. He is a graduate of Christiana High School, earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and a MBA from Goldey-Beacom. Frank is a three time Olympic Athlete and a ten time National Champion in the sport of Luge. As if this wasn't enough, he established a successful glove company, Masley Enterprises, with his partner in life, Donna. Many are already aware of these accomplishments, and googling his name would yield more results than could fit in an entire newspaper, let alone an obituary. What we need to remember is Frank was more than these accomplishments. He was a family man, a community man, a businessman, and most importantly a man with a message of respect and love for others. He taught this message to all of us through many initiatives; including the Community Benefits Agreement for Eastside Wilmington, sponsoring the Made in America Act, supporting the Delaware Greenway through Wilmington, and his favorite local park clean-ups (we think the neighbors just came for the donuts). These are a few of the many organizations he supported. Masley Enterprises offered opportunity to those with challenged backgrounds, thereby earning Masley Enterprises recognition by the President Obama Champion of Change Awards in 2014. Frank continued his love and passion for Luge and the Olympics by participating in the design of an indoor start ramp in Lake Placid and the Muskegon Recreational Luge Track. He was a member of the National Luge Committee, Chairman of the US National Luge Team Committee and never failed to build the world's best backyard Luge track after every snowstorm. Frank's achievements are not limited to Delaware, but are Globally remembered.

Read the full obituary on Delaware Online...