Frank Godfrey, 51, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on June 23, 2005 while at home with his family.
Frank leaves his beloved wife of 16 years, Colette Cooper Godfrey, and two children, Cooper Franklin Godfrey (13) and Meredith Helen Capri Godfrey (10).
Frank was born in El Paso, Texas on August 10, 1953, the son of LtCol (ret.) Carl F. and Anne Godfrey, currently of Colonial Heights, Virginia.
Frank grew up in Texas and Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech University. He earned a graduate degree from George Washington University's Graduate School for Government and Business Administration.
First and foremost, Frank Godfrey was a dedicated family man who dearly loved his wife, Colette and their children, Cooper and Meredith. He was an avid boater and always made certain he and his family were near a navigable coastline. The Godfrey family resides in Alexandria, Virginia, Tilghman Island, Maryland, and Naples, Florida. Frank Godfrey played a leadership role for nearly 20 years in building the largest government affairs firm in the United States while focusing his personal government advocacy practice in the areas of healthcare, education, defense and the environment.
Most recently, Frank Godfrey was a partner with The National Group in Washington, DC. He began his 25-year career of Congressional and government affairs service as Senior Legislative Assistant and Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Honorable Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. (D-MA). During his tenure with Speaker O'Neill, Frank Godfrey was responsible for the Speaker's legislative agenda in the areas of community development, education, energy and defense. Additionally on behalf the Speaker of the House, Mr. Godfrey served as liaison to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts on Federal issues affecting the State of Massachusetts. Frank was a committed and principled member of the John F. Kerry Steering Committee for President.
Frank was a mentor to literally scores of young persons who came to Washington each year from across the country. Through his steadfast example, he taught them about our government, about the workings of Congress, and about fierce loyalty and patriotism. Frank is dearly missed by his many friends and family.