In Memory of Francis Gritzmacher

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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

I'm really sorry we had to postpone the memorial event because of this. It just seems like so many things are being turned upside down because of this stupid bug.

We (the committee working on it) did discuss it quite a bit before reaching the decision. It's not something we took lightly or decided without weighing the consequences. The last thing we wanted to do was upset everyone's travel plans. But in the end, we felt it was the right thing to do.

We won't set a new date until we have an idea how this pandemic thing is going to play out. Right now, it's hard to guess how long it will take, or how bad it will get. But we will carry on when it subsides. Until then, be safe and stay healthy.

The good thing is, the weather will be getting warmer, although it's been a mild winter, and it might make a much nicer time to all get together. Who knows, we might turn it into a picnic!

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Posted on 15 Mar 2020 by Albert Gritzmacher

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