It is a sad day for the Kearny Fire Department. Chief Joseph Mastandrea announced on social media late this afternoon that 39-year old Firefighter Francis “Frankie” McAllister had passed away at home after a battle with cancer.
Born in Belleville, Frankie was a lifelong resident of Kearny. A graduate of Kearny High School, Frank was a great soccer player there, and later coached soccer for St. Peter’s Prep. He was also a dedicated fan of Rangers F.C.
Frank was a proud firefighter for the Town of Kearny. A true hero, Frank always put others before himself. He loved his friends dearly, and could be counted on anytime someone was in need. Frankie had a huge heart, and all that knew and loved him were truly blessed.
Frank was the dear son of Thomas and Janet (nee Logan) McAllister; beloved husband of Emily (nee Dolaghan) McAllister; and was the loving father-to-be of Callum Thomas. Frank was also the cherished brother of Heather McAllister and her husband Richard, and Lorraine McAllister; son-in-law of Thomas and Cynthia Dolaghan, and brother-in-law of John and Thomas Dolaghan. He is also survived by his dear God-Mother Betty Wason, by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and God-Daughters, and by his faithful dog, Rugby.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for a college fund to be set up for Callum Thomas McAllister.