GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — George Frank, former owner of Chem-Trol Exterminating Company and a longtime chemical supplier representative, died on April 6. He was 68.
Frank served in the US Coast Guard from 1968 to 1972. He then founded and built Chem-Trol into a successful firm. After selling Chem-Trol in 1988, he remained in the pest control industry, serving as sales representative for suppliers of chemicals and equipment.
Paul Carbino, regional sales manager, Paragon, said Frank was one of the first industry professionals he met while he was working as a distributor rep and Frank still owned Chem-Trol. “Over the years he and I became close personal friends as well as business colleagues. I miss George both as a personal and professional friend,” Carbino said.
Frank was active in industry organizations, serving as president of both the South Jersey Pest Control Association and the New Jersey Pest Control Association. He was also a member of The Rotary Club of Runnemede/Bellmawr/Glendora.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ, 550 Mickle Boulevard, Camden, NJ 08103 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
In Frank’s obituary that appeared online, industry colleagues shared the following memories:
I will fondly remember my friend and sometimes traveling companion. Always a laugh and that smile! learned much from him, and hope I have returned the favor by helping others. My best wishes to Susan & family - Ed Van Istendal
George was a great friend. He was also a business associate and mentor to me. He definitely was one of the best characters in our industry. He loved sharing a good drink, meal and visiting. I will cherish all the great memories of our times we spent together and will miss him dearly. – Larry Hiner