Dr. Frank G. Pilkiewicz passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 28, 2018, after fighting a courageous battle with leukemia. Throughout his life, Frank always focused on two things: his family and his work. Frank grew up in Bayonne, NJ, as the youngest of three siblings, and he always loved science. He went on to become a doctor and a scientist. For more than 30 years, Frank worked in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry at companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Liposome Company before moving on and starting several of his own companies.
Frank’s contributions to medicine and drug development have been transformative. He played a key role in establishing a new line of antibiotics (monobactams) and worked on the development and commercialization of Abelcet and Myocet. Frank spent the past 20 years focused on developing drugs for various forms of cancer, and through his life-long endeavors, many of his products continue to save millions of lives today. However, if you asked Frank about his greatest achievement, he would say it was his family.
Frank will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife, Carolyn; his two daughters, Kim and her husband, Daniel Fernandez, and Kristen and her partner, Kate Bartlett; his son, Matthew; his granddaughter, Kylie Fernandez; his devoted and prized dog, Gatsby; and his many nieces and nephews. Frank is preceded in death by his two older sisters, Catherine Romanski and Barbara Kirk, and his parents, Catherine and Frank Pilkin.
The family invites all who knew and loved Frank to come celebrate his life on Wednesday, April 4, at the Hamilton Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home, 2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ, from the hours of 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. David the King Church, 1 New Village Rd., West Windsor, NJ, on Thursday, April 5, at 10 am, and burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, NJ. Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s honor to MSK Cancer Center (https://giving.mskcc.org/) or the MDS Foundation (https://www.mds-foundation.org/donate/). Please visit Frank’s tribute page at www.brennacellinifuneralhomes.com.