In Memory of Francis Gritzmacher


There's a week to go until the original date of the Frankquet II and it's pretty clear that we made the right call about postponing it.

We wondered if we were over-reacting, but with them frowning on groups larger than 10 people meeting now, it's good we acted.

We have no idea how many people might have attended, but we were anticipating more than 100 and possibly 150. The postponement might lower that number, or warmer weather and a bunch of people who have been pent up in self-quarantine and social distancing, might make it more. Who can tell?

Logistically, it was easy for us to postpone it. Imagine, though someone who was planning something like a wedding. Glad we're not in those shoes.
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Posted on 20 Mar 2020 by Al Gritzmacher
Some people put flowers on a grave and talk to the headstone.

I make a website and write blog posts...

We all deal in our own ways!
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Posted on 19 Mar 2020 by Al Gritzmacher
Some people might be wondering what a Franquet is, or what is Team Frank, or even about Friendsgiving.

Frank had an endearing quality that let him make and keep friends, many lifelong. He always enjoyed socializing with them. Going places, doing things as a group. Just hanging out together. At some point they came up with the idea of a group celebration near Thanksgiving. It was separate from family celebrations, so it was called Friendsgiving. I doubt they invented the term, I've heard other people use it more lately, but Frank's friends were the first people I heard using it. The culmination was the 2019 Friendsgiving where Frank was joined at Hospice by many of his friends and family. It was a special moment.

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Posted on 18 Mar 2020 by Al Gritzmacher

When Frank first went into Hospice, it was pretty emotional. I finally had to face that he was dying. There were a lot of sleepless nights where I thought about it. If I seem calm now, it's because I've cried a lot of tears on my keyboard already.

I spent a lot of that time time collecting photos and putting them together into a slideshow. Of course, it needed a soundtrack. At the time, I wasn't aware of his extensive YouTube playlists.

So I used an Irish Wake theme for what I did. I've put a lot of it together into this YouTube playlist.

I'm uploading the slideshow to YouTube as well. I was going to keep it for the memorial celebration, but with it postponed, I decided to release it now. I hope you enjoy it. While we're all cooped up with the Corona virus thing, raise a glass of your favorite beverage and give a toast for Frank this St. Paddy's day.

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Posted on 16 Mar 2020 by Al Gritzmacher

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