Frank A. Messina Jr., 58

Frank A. Messina Jr. died on March 3, 2021 as a result of an accident at his home. Frank is survived by his beloved wife Lauralee Messina of Port Washington, N.Y., his parents Frank A. Messina Sr. and Joan-Ellen Messina of Chatham, his brother and sister-in-law Joseph P. Messina and Jessica Tyler of Duxbury, his mother-in-law Elizabeth Guy and sister-in-law Cindy Nadal of Winston-Salem, N.C., brothers-in-law Ray Sharp of Galveston, Texas, and Chris Guy of Florida.  Frank also leaves behind dozens of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends, too many to name.
Frank was raised in Leonia, N.J. and attended Leonia High School ’80.  Frank graduated from Drew University in 1984 with a degree in Economics and Political Science and attended the London School of Economics.  Frank made his career as a financial advisor in New York City at firms such E.F. Hutton, Lebenthal & Co and Merrill Lynch.  At the time of his passing he was a Vice President at Raymond James in Woodbury, N.Y.
Frank married the love of his life Lauralee Sharp in September 1990 and they made their life together in Port Washington, N.Y. where they shared their passion for the ocean and the outdoors.  Frank was an avid sailor and was quite literally obsessed with the sport of windsurfing from its earliest days in the 1980s.  He also enjoyed surfcasting for striped bass along the beaches of Long Island and Cape Cod, travelling from place to place in his specially modified 4X4 Ford van filled with windsurfers, a quiver of sails and fishing equipment.  Frank was an enthusiastic advocate for the environment and the recreational access to the beaches of Long Island and an active member of the windsurfing, sailing and surfing communities. He is remembered by those who knew him as sincere, inquisitive, vivacious and caring. His untimely passing leaves a void in the lives of many.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions no services are presently planned, however, a celebration of Frank’s life will be held in the summer of 2021.  Donations in Frank’s memory can be made to The Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s Oceans, at  www.surfrider.org