VanVeenendaal Frank


Frank H. van Veenendaal

89, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2013 after a short illness. He was born on July 8, 1923 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he was raised and attended college. In 1951, shortly before going to work abroad for the foreign services of the ABN Bank (now ABN AMRO), he met Wilhelmina (Willy) van den Heuvel and on March 25, they were engaged to be married. They were married by proxy on November 27 and she joined him in Caracas, Venezuela a month later. Frank's career took him from Caracas to Curaçao, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and in 1974 to New York where he became Regional Manager of the bank's operations in N. America. Frank was active in the Dutch and local communities where he lived. In 1970, he was named an honorary citizen of Rio de Janiero (Carioca Honorario). On March 28, 1980, Frank was knighted by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands as Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in recognition of service to his country. Frank retired from the bank as Executive Vice President in 1986, and he and Willy moved to Tucson in 1993. There, they were active in the community and members of the Tucson Country Club where he enjoyed playing golf and bridge. Over the years, Frank and Willy's family grew with Ineke, Marjan, Frank Robert, Suzanne and Yvonne. Frank was exemplary in his devotion to his wife and family and they gave him great joy throughout his life. Frank is survived by Willy and his children, Marjan, Frank Robert, Suzanne and Yvonne. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Paul, Clarissa, Matthew, Monique, Jasmine, Pieter, Emily and Eliza, who all enjoyed frequent visits to Tucson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN in Frank's name. A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Frank's life at St Thomas the Apostle Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Tucson on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Greenwich, CT on a later date.