Frank Theodore Ongaro Jr. of Philadelphia, a designer of marine accessories, died of kidney failure Tuesday at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. He was 81.
From 1996 until retiring in 2008 he headed Ongaro Marine Ltd., which developed and patented stainless steel control arms and knobs for boats and introduced a line of stainless steel electric horns and windshield wipers.
Ongaro had been supplying products to the marine industry since 1958, when he and his uncle, Ted Ongaro, established Ongaro Dynamic Industries to market a fuel flow meter and tachometer that Ted Ongaro designed for automobiles, boats and aircraft, according to an obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Later, Ongaro headed the Ongaro Division of Teleflex Marine and produced a line of mechanical steering systems. From 1965 to 1996 he was a marine manufacturer's representative.
He attended Ohio State University before serving in the Coast Guard on the Great Lakes during the Korean War.
Ongaro is survived by daughters Stacey Cook, Kimberley Sullivan, and Terry; a brother; a sister; two grandchildren; and former wives Sandra Ongaro and Jean Ongaro.
A service is private.
Donations may be made to the Hospice Inpatient Care, Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse, 1800 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA 19146.