Frank T. Waters, of Port Washington, died on July 7, 2005, of complications of Crohn's disease and renal failure. A NYC newspaperman for 70 years, he began his career in 1928 as a copy boy at The New York Herald Tribune, later becoming a reporter and then a copy editor. When the Tribune folded in 1966, he went to The New York Times as an editor. He retired from The Times in 1980. Mr. Waters then became an editor at the weekly, India Abroad, which he left in 1998.
During WWII, Mr. Waters was a staff sergeant in an anti-aircraft battalion, serving in England and France. He joined the Army newspaper Stars and Stripes in Liege, Belgium, later becoming managing editor of the paper in Altdorf, Germany, the farthest east edition of Stars and Stripes.
Mr. Waters was preceded in death by his wife Irene Regina in 1966. He is survived by four children: Jane Waters Gabbet of Gaithersburg, MD, Williams L. Waters of Elmont, Alison J. Batten of Wesley Chapel, FL and Laurel S. Waters of Largo, FL; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Waters was a great fan of Charles Dickens. He read every work published by Dickens and was active in the Charles Dickens Society in Manhattan and Philadelphia. He attended meetings in both locations until he could no longer drive at age 94. Mr. Waters donated his first edition set of all Dickens' works to the public library.
Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Interment private. Donations in his memory to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, 585 Stewart Ave., Suite 414, Garden City, NY 11530 would be greatly appreciated.