Frank passed away while with his wife Cindy and family on Saturday October 28th, 2023 in Bay City, MI.
His strong will to live carried him through the last several years of illness and physical disability.
Near the end of his days he used our Mumford reunion as a focal point. Thinking if he could just make it and see all of us how sweet the day would be. His body just wouldn't let it happen.
He had his letter sweater and the outfit he had planned to wear ready to go. His outfit, still out today, reminded Frank of his love for those special days we spent together and those of us who were always in Franks life.
Played pickup football with Frank at John Ivory and on the field at Country Day. I wasn't a day to day friend like Joel Fisher or some of his MacDowell friends like Howard Perlman and Art Dermer but connected with him because he always made you feel important and was easy to talk to. Frank made you a friend and better person.
The Reunion- When we started to plan the 60th reunion I became acutely aware of Franks feelings. We had to get it done. Time was of the essence.I worked to make him happy and give him hope. He recruited classmates to be with us and out of their love for him they came to the reunion. Of the many people in our class that were and are hurting his story of positive drive was one of the most compelling. Some with certainly less at stake than Frank said their ailments wouldn't allow them to travel to the reunion. By contrast others, Frank included ,said they'd find a way or a circumstance that would allow them to be with us at the reunion. Like the last play of the game, body ravished, Frank tried to get to the reunion. His body gave out trying. His mind never did. Knowing that, Frank was at the reunion with all of us he touched. That drive is his legacy.
We, along with Cindy, his family and close friends have lost a positive, decent loving personality today. May Frank Rest in Peace