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Francis Joseph Ervin Jr.

Francis Joseph Ervin, Jr., 92, of Warrington, passed away peacefully on June 25, 2024, with family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Sherry V. Smith for over 50 years. He was adored beyond measure by his daughters, Audrey & Sheila, son-in-laws, Philip Sloper & Wildson Henriques, and his grandchildren.

Born March 12, 1932 in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Francis J. Ervin, Sr. and Margaret (Grossmann) Ervin. He grew up in Fox Chase, attended elementary school at St. Cecila’s Church, and graduated from North Catholic High School in 1949. He worked at Standard Pressed Steel in Jenkintown for 26 years, leaving for 2 years to serve in the US Army during the Korean conflict. In 1975, he worked for the PA Liquor Control Board, retiring as a manager after 20 years. He spent his 29 years of jubilant retirement gardening, vacationing with family & friends at the shore, betting on the ponies, playing roulette, riding his 1954 Farmall Cub tractor, and traveling the world, including trips to the Vatican, Dominican Republic and Las Vegas (Frank’s favorite).

An avid lover of cars, Frankie spent a year assembling his first car, a 1932 Plymouth Rumble-Seat Coupe, after bringing the pieces home in buckets. He cherished his baby blue TR3 Triumph and his 1964 first edition yellow Mustang. On his drive to high school, Frankie passed Harbison’s Dairy, that still delivered milk via horses and wagons. Frankie was a social person with a permanent smile that radiated joy. Frankie enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, barbequing, roller skating, playing piano, singing Frank Sinatra and family gatherings where he was always the life of the party.

After meeting his wife, Sherry, in 1964, boating near Burlington Island, they violated all social norms of the times and purchased a house before marriage. Frank and Sherry built a family to be emulated and created a home overflowing with love, security and laughter. Frank was viewed as a second Dad by many of Audrey & Sheila’s friends. His house was always open to those in need and generations of kids, teenagers, and adults flocked to his warmth, genuineness and kindness. Many people admired Frank and considered him a LEGEND. He had unwavering, sacred bonds with Sherry, Audrey, Sheila, Philip, Wildson, Nathan & Parker, who were always nearby.

He exuded love, happiness, integrity and stability. He provided wisdom, guidance and an unbreakable family bond. His family was the center of his life. He was adored by his siblings, multiple nieces & nephews, in-laws, cousins, grandkids, son-in-laws, neighbors and friends. Frank was incredibly popular, and people recognized him wherever he went, whether that was at church, the local watering hole, or the casino. Frank will be missed by the innumerable lives he blessed and bettered.

Along with his wife, Sherry, Francis is survived by his daughters, Audrey Ervin (Philip Sloper) and Sheila Ervin (Wildson Henriques); four grandchildren, Parker Sloper, Nathaniel Clubb, Nick Navarro, Steven Navarro; his sister Margaret Froman (Robert); and numerous nieces and nephews and loved beyond compare.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Ervin (Janice Brungo; Mary Ervin)

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 10:00 am until the funeral mass at 11:00 am at St. Robert Bellarmine, 856 Euclid Avenue, Warrington. Interment will be held privately.


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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Visitation

    Saturday, June 29th, 2024
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    St. Robert Bellarmine Church
    856 Euclid Avenue
    Warrington, PA 18976

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, June 29th, 2024
    11:00 AM

    St. Robert Bellarmine Church
    856 Euclid Avenue
    Warrington, PA 18976

  • Interment

    Interment will be held privately

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