Frank was a Rotarian for more than 60 years, with 45 of those years spent with the Berlin Rotary Club, and the rest with Hammonton Rotary.

Frank Bartolone, right, accepts Service Above Self Award from fellow Rotarian Bill Donahue.

Frank Joseph Bartolone, Sr. 88 of Hammonton, passed peacefully Friday, August 12, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. 

Since he joined the Berlin Rotary Club in 1961, Frank amassed 47 years of perfect attendance between his time in Berlin and in Hammonton. 

He spent his life giving back to the community. Through the generous gift of his time and talents, he was embodiment of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” The CPA dedicated himself to numerous civic and charitable organizations including the Hammonton Water Commission, the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank in Berlin and in Hammonton, the Hammonton Board of Education, St. Joseph’s High School, and St. Joseph’s Parish Council. 

Frank was born in Santa Lucia Del Mela, Sicily, in 1933 to Carmen Bartolone and Madeline (Scotto) Bartolone.  He moved to Hammonton in 1934 when he was 8 months old. 

Frank attended the St. Joseph’s School System and  graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1951. He soon took on his first real job with a produce broker, Thomas Cardia. 

While working for Cardia, Frank was introduced to J. Chester Milley, “the accountant in Hammonton,” who offered Frank a job during tax season. The meeting turned out to be a defining moment behind Frank’s pursuit of accounting, and starting his own business.

In 1956 he graduated from Camden Commercial (now Pierce College), after five years of night school. He was drafted that same year into the U.S. Army, serving at Howard Air Force Base in Panama as an Army transportation supply specialist.  He distinguished himself as the private secretary to the company commander and was responsible for filing reports to Washington, DC, on aircraft making topographical maps of Central and South America.  

After his military service, Frank returned to work for J. Chester Milley. While in Milley’s employment, Frank’s former boss, Mr. Cardia died suddenly, so Frank helped settle his estate. During this time, he took his “enrollment exam,” which allowed him to represent people before the IRS. 

He opened his own business on Nov. 1, 1959. Starting out on his own, over time he built the business enough to support 10 employees.

Frank’s commitment to the tax and accounting industry led him to serve as president of the Camden County Chapter of the NJ Public Accountants Association from 1972 to 1980.

His passion for business would lead him to serve the local banking community for over 40 years. He was treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors for Progressive Building and Loan in Berlin, NJ.  He later became a founding board member of Equity National Bank, which was purchased by Susquehanna Bank where he continued as a board member.

His belief and commitment to community led him to numerous public service roles marked by signature accomplishments. 

In 1958 Frank started his journey into the world of public service, running for office and being named chairman of the Hammonton Water Commission where he served as chairman until 1967. His careful oversight saw the town’s water supply increased by the drilling of what is today known as Well No. 2, as well as the color coding of all of the town’s fire hydrants.

Frank met Renate Bauer in 1961 at a dance in Almonesson and they were married in 1962. 

Frank and Renate had their first child, Monica, in 1963. Soon after came their second daughter, Deborah, in 1964, then their son Frank, Jr. in 1966, and finally David in 1967. 

In 1961 he joined the Berlin Rotary Club. Between his time as a Berlin Rotarian and later a Hammonton Rotarian, Frank had a 47-year perfect attendance record. He served as president of both clubs.

Frank supported numerous Berlin Rotary activities as well as the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank in Berlin and Hammonton. Over the years, Frank was a big supporter of “Polio Plus,” a Rotary effort to eliminate polio and five other childhood diseases from the world.

In 1970 overcrowding was becoming a problem in the Hammonton schools, forcing students to attend split sessions. Seeing a problem, Frank ran for a seat on the Hammonton Board of Education and became the chairman of the finance committee from 1972 until 1974. In his second year, a bond Issue was passed to build the Warren Suey Elementary School.

Frank was devoted to his parish and high school alma mater, serving on the Board of Directors for St. Joseph School in addition to the Parish Council of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish at St. Joseph Church.  In 2007 St. Joseph’s High School became a Regional High School and Frank was appointed to the Board of Directors. Together Frank and Renate Bartolone founded the Frank and Renate Bartolone Scholarship Fund.  

In recognition of his commitment, he received citizenship awards from St. Joseph’s Red and White Society, the Camden Diocese Bishop’s Medal and was nominated by the Diocese and appointed by Pope John Paul II to the elite Knights of St. Gregory.

In 2006 Frank switched his Rotary membership from Berlin to Hammonton where he quickly got to work, beginning the process of starting an Interact Club at St. Joseph’s High School.

In 2008, he was presented with Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and became club president for the 2009-2010 term. 

He achieved great success as president including organizing a $6,000 donation to the Hammonton Police Department toward the purchase of a new K-9. He also solidified Hammonton Rotary’s ongoing commitment to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry with a $3,000 club donation.

He is survived by his loving wife Renate (nee Bauer). His children Monica Maiorino (Thomas), Debra Volpicelli (James), Frank Bartolone (Amy) and David Bartolone (Amy). His sister Marie Myers (James) and brother Joseph Bartolone (Serene) and He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Thomas, Vincent, Robert, Allison, Zachary, Natalie, Jason, Matthew, Isabella, Sophia, Ava, Dylan, Lana and now joins John in heaven.

The family requests that donations may be made to the Frank and Renate Bartolone Scholarship Fund at 10523 Fox Crest Court, Great Falls, VA  22066.

Frank is dearly missed by his fellow Hammonton Rotarians not only for his great achievements and dedication, but also for the wisdom, class, and good humor he brought to the group.

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