Remembering Frank Dusch
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Remembering Frank Dusch

March 20, 1924 - August 25, 2015

The City of Concord mourns the passing of Frank A. Dusch, Jr, who passed away early the morning of August 25 at the age of 91. Mr. Dusch served fourteen years (1981-1995) as a member of the Concord Board of Aldermen (now the City Council). He also served as an appointed Planning and Zoning Board Member from 1976-1981, and was involved in the community in a variety of other ways.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, he joined the Marine Corps after completing high school in Alexandria and was a sergeant in the Pacific theater during World War II. Following the war, he attended the University of Virginia as a business major. He and his wife, Martha, moved to Concord in 1948 where he worked as a yarn salesman or “String Peddler” for Cannon Mills until his first retirement in the late 1980s.

The celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28 at Central United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Wilkinson Funeral Home, and again at a reception following Friday's service in the Coltrane Memorial Room. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery prior to the service.

The City named the Frank Dusch Amphitheater at Les Myers Park, located on Lawndale Avenue, after him in 2001. The Mayor and several members of City Council interacted with Mr. Dusch in various capacities, and offer the following reflections on his life:

Mayor J. Scott Padgett
Frank was a dear friend, a true gentleman, and another of the Greatest Generation that we have lost. He served his country during World War II with distinction, and served the City of Concord with the same qualities. He was a leader during a period of tremendous growth, and was part of a group that courageously made the hard decisions necessary to build Concord into the great city it is today. He fully supported building Concord Regional Airport when the subject was highly controversial, as I recall it was he who made the motion.

Council Member Dave Phillips
Frank Dusch was one of my mentors and long-time friends. He was an Alderman when Concord was at a critical time, as rapid growth and development was just around the corner during his years of service to the City. Frank was one of the Aldermen who recognized the need to annex large areas into the City of Concord in order to accommodate the anticipated growth and was a strong proponent of the Concord Regional Airport. Frank gave me advice many times over the years that has been invaluable to me during my time on the Concord City Council. Frank made a significant contribution to the City of Concord through his service on the Board of Aldermen and he will be greatly missed.

Council Member Jim Ramseur
Concord has lost another icon from our Greatest Generation. Frank helped pave the way for those of us who serve Concord today. May the Lord bless him and give him peace.

Council Member Ella Mae Small
Frank Dusch was an outstanding citizen of Concord. He was a devoted Alderman who was concerned about all the people in Concord and Cabarrus County. He desired to make this area a better place to live in for all of us. I was impressed when I met Frank because he was soft spoken and had a warm, friendly, concerned personality. I felt that he was not a stranger, but someone that I had known for some time. Frank will be missed by his family and all the people who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dusch family.

Council Member Alfred M. Brown, Jr.
Frank Dusch was a lifelong and close family friend, along with his late wife Martha. His sons, Frank and Bill, and I grew up together. He was always a mentor and friend, taking a personal interest in me. As a former Alderman, he was part of a group that always made decisions in the best interest of our City. Frank was a member of the Greatest Generation that we are too quickly losing. And, I might add that Wahoo Nation has lost a big supporter.

Council Member Lamar Barrier
I served with Frank on the board from 1985 until 1995. He was quite a gentleman and gave me great advice right after I got elected. He was a big help to me along with Mr. Brown and Mr. Dorton. He never told me how to vote but helped me learn how to look at things. He and his whole family are fine people. He will be deeply missed.

Council Member Jennifer Parsley
I didn’t have the honor to know Frank Dusch personally, but his legacy is something we all have benefited from in Concord. Everyone who knew him shared the thought that he was a selfless man who loved the City of Concord. It’s my hope we will continue the mission he began years ago.

Council Member John Sweat
Mr. Dusch was a model citizen who actively contributed to our business and civic communities, and worked to improve the quality of life here. He will be sorely missed by many.