Born in Albany, New York on August 31st, 1962

Departed on January 23rd, 2020 and resided in Thornton, Colorado

  • Memorial Service: 5061 E. 160th Ave., Brighton, CO 80206
    Thursday February 6th, 2020 11:00 am

Francis (Frank) Silliman of Thornton, Colorado passed away January 23, 2020 while being comforted by his wife, Britt at his side.  Family and friends will remember Frank for the strong friendships he developed and his caring and willingness to help others.  He was known to drop whatever he was doing to help anyone that needed it, organizing others to ensure everyone’s needs were met before his own.

Frank was born August 1962 to Agnes and Francis B. Silliman Jr.  in Albany, NY.  He attended Hudson Valley Community College and the University of Colorado where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.   Frank’s career included Storage Technology Corporation, Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation where he was highly respected as an engineer and skilled management leader to both his staff and peers.  Frank lived for the open air of the mountains in Colorado and the Northeast.  He enjoyed hiking, snowmobiling, the wonder of nature and enjoyed several motorcycle trips.  He loved working with wood, building his own home from scratch, crafting lumber in his workshop and playing drums with friends and local musicians.  Frank was a mentor to engineers, friends to many and a loving husband for Britt and the boys.

Frank is survived by his wife, Britt, two children (Brandon and Evan), sisters, Lisa (Ron) Silliman-French of Denton TX, and Tonya M. Speckhardt of East Greenbush, and brother George R. (Sue) Silliman of East Greenbush.

Memorial services will be held at 11a on February 6th, at Northern Hills Church, 5061 E. 160th Avenue, Brighton, Co. 80602.  Britt, family and friends will receive guests following the memorial service at the same location.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Seasons of Hospice Foundation (https://seasonsfoundation.org – 6400 Shafer Ct. Suite 700 Rosemont, IL 60018).

Guestbook Entries

Lisa Silliman-French

A quiet gentle soul who will be terribly missed. 
RIP Frankie
❤️ Lisa & Ronnie

January 31st, 2020 at 1:06pm
Monrad Monsen

I worked with Francis Silliman for many years at StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and now Oracle. He was an excellent manager who knew his stuff and could never be flustered. He cared about people while also taking action to ensure things were done right. The storage hardware product development team will not be the same without him. I am sorry for your loss.

January 31st, 2020 at 5:18pm
Patty Blouin

I’ve known Frank ( aka Octavius ) since working at Storage Tec. He was always such a genuinely nice guy. He will be greatly missed.

January 31st, 2020 at 7:08pm
Donna Curry

I met Frank ( Mr. P) over eight years ago, he befriended me in the gym and put forth many attempts to get me to eat healthy and work out hard. He would make me run up stairs so I would be quiet until I catch my breathe, and he got me eating veggie omelettes in the Oracle Cafeteria by buying me my first one just in case I didn’t like it. Burr was successful in getting me to stop drinking soda for 10 months. A personal record since I had my first sip at a tender young age. He will be deeply missed but his healthy advice will live on (even if I don’t follow it).

February 1st, 2020 at 5:52pm
Sharon Thornburg

I am wanting to attend Frank’s funeral. 

February 1st, 2020 at 9:08pm
Lori (Schwarz) Hewig

Frank “Frankie” Silliman was one of the original Cynthia Lane gang in NY. I have many fond memories of softball games, ice hockey games. skiing and racing on home made bobsled runs with Frankie.

Sending my condolences to Frankie and his family.

Lori (Schwarz) Hewig

February 2nd, 2020 at 4:58pm
Phil Czajkowski

I’m very sad to hear of Frank’s passing. We were colleagues at StorageTek back in the 90’s, and even well beyond his technical expertise, his good nature was obvious to all. My sincere condolences go out to his family. I’m a better man for having known Frank. May he rest in peace.

February 2nd, 2020 at 8:53pm
Kerry Martin

Frank was a great person and a pleasure to work with. He will be missed.

February 3rd, 2020 at 5:22pm
Kevin Lee

Frank was hired into our group at StorageTek out of school. We had a lot of fun back then. My condolences to his family.

February 4th, 2020 at 11:31am
Darryl Barbato

I knew Frank for about 20 years and he was always a good friend and willing to help out with whatever problems you had. We enjoyed a trip to Sturgis, South Dakota in 2014 on rented Harley’s with 6 other riders and had a great time together and another motorcycle trip to southern Colorado 2 years later. Frank will be missed very much. My condolences to his wife and all family members…….R.I.P. Frank.

February 4th, 2020 at 11:50am
Frank Harney

I knew Frank since he was hired into the StorageTek group – fresh out of CU. It was a lot of fun and we solved some good problems. There were several memorable Reno / Tahoe / Vegas / Skiing / Hunting / Snowmobiling trips. Frank loved the outdoors. Frank was always willing to help with projects. He enjoyed building his mountain house too. He’ll be missed – Rest In Peace Frank…

February 4th, 2020 at 11:59am
Eric Brunson

I only knew Frank a bit. He was the drummer in our band at Oracle and the one person that was always in the fitness center on campus any morning I was there. He was a good man with a kind heart, a dedicated musician and we will miss him.

I’m so happy that he got to play with us at the show where his picture above was taken. I know it meant a lot to him, but I don’t know if he was aware how much it meant to us that he could be there. I’m a better person for having known him.

February 4th, 2020 at 4:25pm
Ralph Navarro

Like most of the rest, I knew Frank thru work at StorageTek, Sun and Oracle. He was a colleague and friend. To his family I am very sorry for your loss, to Frank your struggle is over. Rest in Peace.

February 4th, 2020 at 7:17pm
Clive Oldfield

I had the great honor of meeting Frank for the first time a little over 20 years ago at StorageTek. We worked closely on the same team over the next 10 years, where he introduced me to skiing, night skiing, double black diamond skiing and other outdoor activities beyond my personal skill level, including back-country snowmobiling. He loved the great outdoors! A huge shock to learn of his passing, sincere condolences to his family, friends, and everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.

February 5th, 2020 at 12:44pm
Lisa Mazzola

Lisa, George and Tanya, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I know you love him very much. I couldn’t be there today but I wanted to comfort you in some way. Hopefully you will find comfort in these words that I leaned on when my father passed away and still lean on whenever I think of him.

I heard before that the stars we see every night, those little source of light, twinkling and glittering and painting the night sky are long dead. Yet they still give beauty to everyone who looks at them at night. They still give hope and inspiration to everyone who finds meaning in their existence. Maybe that’s the reason why God created them, To remind us that even on the darkest night of our soul, the memories of our loved ones can still give a glimmer of light and a twinkle in our hearts even when they are long gone, just like the stars.

When you stare at the night sky today. The stars cannot be seen, the clouds obscuring their twinkling light. But behind those clouds, they’re still there. Somewhere far away in the distant. Alive and Beating and twinkling, just in a different time and place.

February 5th, 2020 at 3:28pm
Mark Leskowics

Although it’s been a while since I’ve interacted with Frank, I am shocked and saddened by hearing of his passing. We had great times in Reno, Tahoe, Atlantic City and Colorado. Frank’s sense of humor was amazing and we had fun/a blast no matter what situation that we were in. RIP Frank, you will be missed, ‘Al’ in Tampa.

February 5th, 2020 at 5:30pm
Mary Wilson

I enjoyed working with Frank. He was a great collaborator. His wonderful stories of snowmobiling got me and my family hooked. I think about him every time I jump on my sled. Extending heartfelt hugs to his family.

February 5th, 2020 at 7:59pm
Christine Rogers

It was a joy working with Frank at Oracle. He was so very kind and had a great sense of humor. He brightened the many meetings we were in. He was always willing to help with anything! My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends!

February 6th, 2020 at 11:00am
Brad Whitney

Frank and I became friends in Sun/Oracle rec center. Seems like he was there every time I was. Seems like all the ladies were after him, but it took him awhile to find the right one. Frank approached me about joining the band for the annual Christmas sing we had for Jim Cates organization. He was so enthusiastic about playing the drums, very passionate about getting better, and always looking for honest feedback. He was so easy to work with. Later he joined a much better band than the one we had for the Christmas sing. They were very good. Frank was easy to talk to, always complementary to others. He was a great encouragement to me about working out, and playing music. I know he will be greatly missed by all. I was shocked to hear if his passing. I am sorry to have missed his service. I would have loved to have met Brit, the one who captured his love; she must be a special lady. My condolences to you. You are in my prayers.

February 7th, 2020 at 6:48am
Colleen Vavreck

He left this life all too soon!!  May you rest peacefully in the hands of our Father in Heaven along with Mom and Dad, Papa and Granny! 

February 9th, 2020 at 1:10pm
Chuck Simons

I knew Frank like many others through StorageTek, Sun and Oracle. He was a great Engineering Manager to work with but more importantly, a great person. I’m very sorry for your loss, may you find God’s grace and peace at this difficult time.

February 10th, 2020 at 4:22pm
Martín Laster

Frank Silliman is one of the best men that I have ever been blessed to know. 15 years ago we started chatting at the StorageTek gym and we got along so well that our friendship quickly grew. Through many workouts, snowmobile trips, hours spent working on an amazing mountain cabin and sharing personal hardships, Frank was always authentic and true.
I am profoundly saddened to learn that he is gone. He helped me move 3 times and drove me to work for weeks after I broke my arm on a mountain bike ride that we went on. I regret not letting you know more often what a great friend and person you were, even though you would have waved it off and humbly changed the subject.
Frank, thank you for letting me call you friend and being someone that I looked up to and respected for all the years that we knew each other. You are the Best…

February 15th, 2020 at 11:54pm

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