The city of Shelton lost a vital community member that helped it grow into what it has become today. On Friday, June 15, longtime P&Z member and member of the Shelton Economic Development Corporation, Frank Osak died in Griffin Hospital in Derby at the age of 90.\u00a0 While Osak\u2019s passing is a sad loss for the entire community, according to Board of Aldermen President John Anglace, it should be grateful that he spent his life here in Shelton. Anglace worked with Osak in the engineering department at BF Goodrich Sponge products \u201cWe may have grown up together in Derby but no one was more dedicated to Shelton\u2019s future than him,\u201d said Anglace. \u201cFrank did an exemplary job while on Planning and Zoning, a true class act. Whether he was an employee or employer he was an amazing guy. It\u2019s a tremendous honor to have known him and to have been a part of some of all of the things that he achieved.\u201d P&Z Commissioner Jimmy Tickey said Osak played a key role in the development of the city. \u201cFrank is regarded as a \u2018founding father\u2019 of the Route 8 corridor, and has always advocated for smart development, high end commercial and class-a offices along our main corridors, and beautiful residential zoning outside of those corridors,\u201d Tickey said in a tribute to Osak at a ceremony to honor his life\u2019s work last year. Tickey said in Osak\u2019s final years serving on the P&Z Commission he would often pick him up before heading to the meetings and ask for advice on zoning issues.. \u201cI feel honored that I had the opportunity to serve with Frank on the Planning & Zoning Commission since 2013, especially at a time when were inundated with high-density residential development proposals along our main corridors, something Frank always cautioned against,\u201d said Tickey. \u201cFrank would just need to hear of a plot of land and he would be ready to share the history of it; he was a living encyclopedia of our city and its rich heritage. He was a straight talker, and his vision for our city established us for the success we see today. Frank always spoke of growth vs swelling: are we growing the city in a thoughtful manner, or are we swelling with dense residential development that is not helpful in our future? It is my hope the ideas he brought to the table all those years ago continue to guide Shelton.\u201d Anglace said Osak was a man who was more than willing to work across party lines, despite being affiliated with the Shelton Democratic party since 1962. \u201cHis visions always included what was best for Shelton,\u201d said Anglace. \u201cHe certainly impacted many people along the way and we\u2019re all better off having known him. My condolences go out to his family, it\u2019s a sad loss, but I am so thankful for the opportunity to have known him most of my life. We only come this way once, but Frank left his indelible mark on Shelton.\u201d During his final year as a P&Z alternate, Osak helped author the commission\u2019s Plan of Conservation and Development and openly opposed the 121-acre mixed-use development called, \u201cTowne Center at Shelter Ridge,\u201d while in attendance of a year\u2019s-worth of meetings. On April 23, 2017, Osak was honored for his decades of service during a dinner at Vazzy\u2019s Cucina on Bridgeport Avenue. Osak served 57 years on the P&Z Commission, retired as chief executive officer of Derby Cellular Products, was affiliated with Griffin Hospital since 1966, served as Griffin Hospital trustee for numerous years after serving as second vice president, first vice president and chairman of the board. He is the husband of Navia Osak and the father of Michael Osak. The family asks that donations be made to the Smilow Hospital Cancer Care Center, 350 Seymour Avenue, Derby, CT. 06418. Here's a link to an in depth interview the Herald did with Frank Osak back in 2016.