Frank Atkins


Frank Randolph Atkins of Warwick, NY, entered into eternal rest at his home surrounded by his loving family, on May 8, 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 60 years old.

Born April 23, 1958 in Catskill, NY to parents Richard Frank Atkins and Stella Mae (Diuguid) Atkins. 

He was married to Haydee Lastra-Atkins.

Frank is survived by his wife Haydee Lastra-Atkins of Warwick, and son Richard Frank Atkins and his wife Daniela Gonzalez Atkins, currently residing in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Ca.   Survivors also include sisters: Susan Atkins Davidson and her husband Alan of Woodbridge Ct., and Linda Atkins Oettinger and husband William of Catskill NY; as well as nieces and nephews: Amy, Brad, Taice and Jared, and the Lastra family.

Frank graduated from Ithaca College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and Labor Relations.

Frank worked for Emblem Health (formerly HIP of NYC) in New York City as a supervisor of Medical Management Reporting and Data Analysis.  Frank also worked as Assistant Director of Care Management and a recruiter for the company earlier in his career.

Prior to his employment with Emblem Health, he worked for Prudential 1992-1993, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield 1985-1992. Frank was a member of the Warwick United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years and also led a Saturday morning Mens’ Fellowship Group.  He served on the New York - Connecticut District - Methodist Church Lay Servant Ministry 2013-2016, and as Lay Servant District Committee Chair 2013-2015.

Frank loved fishing on the Delaware River, a place near and dear to his heart since he spent much of his childhood summers there.  He also enjoyed playing softball, golf, cards, and watching baseball and Nascar.  He was a devoted Mets fan and loved orchestrating family and friend outings to watch his favorite team play.   He was known and loved by many in Warwick and enjoyed all it had to offer.  He was a wonderful husband and father, devoted to his family, friends, and God.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Warwick United Methodist Church, 135 Forester Avenue, Warwick New York 10990, tel. 845 986-1030.   A reception at the church will follow the service. The burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Frank's memory be sent to : The Lustgarten  Foundation, 415 Crossways Park Drive-Suite D, Woodbury,  NY 11797 or online at


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To Haydee and Rich: I am so sorry for the passing of Frank. He was always fun to be around and had a huge heart. He will be missed by everyone. Debbie Blake
Debbie Hazard Blake
Haydee: My heart goes out to you on losing Frank. I would love to see you at some point & hope that if you visit Luz/Scott here in DC I'd get to see you and give you a big hug. All my best, Irene
Irene Driscoll
May the love you knew still shine through to help your heart at this most difficult time. Your Frank was always a beacon of joy, and may his eternal light see you through this darkness. Wishing you peace, Nancy
Nancy Miller-Bohn
My husband Roger Harris was Frank’s roommate sophmore year at Ithaca College. It was because of him that the two of us met. We shared so many great times and Roger and I are both sad to hear of his passing. Roger was able to talk to him last month and that meant a lot to him. You aware in our thoughts. Diane Harris
Diane Harris
Haydee, please accept our sincere condolences in your loss. I knew Frank as Randy from my earliest childhood right on through to graduation—probably my first friend. I’m glad that we were able to reconnect a few years ago and feel privileged to have met you, too. Keeping you and your family in thoughts and prayers; please feel free to contact me anytime.
Cliff Beede
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