This page is dedicated to the memory of Francis "Frank" "Red" Gritzmacher and the memories he gave us all.
Frank left us on February 27, 2020 after a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. He received a life-saving Lung Transplant in 2014, and for several more years lived a full and exciting life.
He travelled the country, spent time with (and making) friends and enjoying life with a vigor that was inspiring to us all.
But, living with a compromised immune system finally caught up to him, and although he fought it hard with several hospitalizations,
eventually, he had to face a deteriorating life condition. He finally was weak enough that he was admitted to Niagara Hospice where he spent the rest
of his days. He could not visit his friends, but he enjoyed having them
visit him and spent the time he had left in their company, talking, playing games, watching football on TV, and enjoying culinary delights.
Thank you all who attended the Memorial for Frank. It is now history. I'll recap here a bit later after things have settled and I can catch my breath.
I'll just say, it was a very moving and satisfying time. Not sad, well, maybe a little, but very much a show of love in all directions. Love for Frank. A testament to Frank's love that we all felt.
So many people thanked me for the memorial, and while I had a part in it, it was only a small one. The credit should really go to the committee that put it together. Everyone pitched and made it happen. And really, everyone for attending. That's not two distinct groups, either. Every one was a friend to Frank and every one was a part of making it a good time.
And especially, thanks to everyone who spoke and told a story, or life experience with Frank. So many fond recollections, and anecdotes were told. We all learned a little more about our friend Frank.
I'll add to this as my thoughts settle later...
Please save the date and make plans to attend if you can. All my friends are welcome!
February 26, 2022 Lockport UCC 98 East Ave. Lockport NY 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Watch here for more details as the plan unfolds.