By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP —
Frank Crash was known by friends as having a rough exterior and a big heart.
Crash, 76, a businessman who was well-known around Greenville and across Mercer County, was found dead Thursday in his Hempfield Township home about a mile north from his business.
Business associates and friends want people to remember Crash’s generosity and loyalty.
Dick Miller, former mayor of Greenville, was a fellow businessman and social associate of Crash’s for 45 years.
“Frank was rough around the edges, but always a stand-up guy, willing to pitch in and help a community cause,” Miller said.
Those who knew Crash personally said he was a fun-loving and generous guy.
Emanuel Morrone, Jr., New Castle, knew Crash since about 1967.
“We used to do a lot of things together. We really had a great time in life,” Morrone said. “Whatever you did, he just let it all hang out – that was Frank’s personality.”
Morrone said people might have thought Crash was flashy.
“He was more daring than flashy – people liked him,” Morrone said.
Morrone said that Crash should be known as a man who lived a charming but subtle life.
Crash was also known for making deals since 1959 at Frank Crash Auto Wrecking in Greenville.
A customer for seven years, Joanne Titus, Delaware Township said, “Every time I dealt with him I found him to be fair, honest and blunt. Any time I needed something he made it a point to get it for me and help me out.”
A few years ago, Crash sold her a transmission and she questioned whether or not it would work.
Crash told her, “I would never sell you anything that I wouldn’t stand behind. Put the darn thing in and if it doesn’t work I’ll take it back.”
“And he laughed and I laughed and it’s been working ever since,” Titus said.
Morrone said Crash never wanted accolades for being involved in organizations or helping people out.
Dennis Webber, local businessman, and Greenville Area School District board president, knew Crash and many of his family members for years.
“I’m a car fanatic,” Webber said. “I’ve purchased several cars from Frank. I’ve known him personally for many years.”
Webber said Crash always supported Greenville schools.
“Several years ago we needed brake drums to play for the percussion ensemble. Frank found them for us – free of charge,” Webber said. “Whatever we needed Frank gave us.”
Webber said Crash was a man of his word.
“That’s the kind of guy he was,” he said.
“When you were with Frank, you always had fun,” Morrone said. “He loved to really live life.”