Frank Bryson

Frank Bryson

January 21, 1929 August 15, 2020

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Obituary for Frank R Bryson Jr.

Frank R. Bryson, Jr., age 91, died August 15, 2020 in his Reading residence with his longtime friend and caregiver Thomas A. Wirfel, by his side.

Born in Philadelphia he was a son of the late Frank R. and Ruth N. (Nunemacher) Bryson.

He graduated from Wyomissing High School in 1947 and Reading Business Institute in 1949.

Frank was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

He was employed by Glidden, Bachman, various electrical contracting companies and Schaeffer Electric. He also worked for the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad.

Frank had a lifelong love of trollies, trains and railroads. He was a member of various trolley and railroad organizations. Frank was instrumental in the start of the passenger division of The Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad which gave him some of his best memories and friendships.

He loved traditional New Orleans style Jazz and Blues music. He was a walking encyclopedia of early Jazz recordings. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Jazz Society.

Frank loved his garden, and he spent endless hours transforming the city yard into a backyard oasis.

He was a member of the former St. James Lutheran Church where he served on church council and president until the church closing.

He was known for his involvement in the “South of Penn” Neighborhood and Civic Activities. Frank’s final satisfaction in life came when he helped establish the Reading Area Firefighters Museum

He was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Contributions may be made to the Reading Area Firefighters Museum, 501 S. 5th St., Reading, PA 19602.

Services will be private. He will be buried at is family grave site at Charles Evans Cemetery. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at

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Georgene Bricker

Condolences to Franks family and friends. Frank was one of the best guys around. He cared about things very passionetly , helping get the fire house museum going in Reading. He loved trollys and trains. I worked with him on the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad. We always had a great time when the gang went out to dinner after the last train of the day. Franks home was beautiful and all the record albums and record players he had. My favorite thing was the white horse with George Washington sitting on the white horse.
His home was a museum with lots of unique things and the spiral stair case in the living room was aweome!
Rest in Peace Frank
Georgene and Dennis Bricker
Comment | Posted at 10:41pm via Condolence


My Condolences to those close to Frank Bryson.
I enjoyed many visits to Frank’s South 5th St Home in the 1980s & 90s for Meetings about our efforts to establish a Transportation Museum in Reading.
Frank’s home was Beautiful!
Like a Museum itself.
Not many of us left who were involved with that.
Rest In Peace Frank.
Steve Gilbert
Comment | Posted at 08:34am via Condolence

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