In Memory of Francis Gritzmacher

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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.

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Is it time to get back on track and plan a memorial for Frank? Have we learned enough to cope with the pandemic and be able to assemble with safety? I've had discussions with two people recently about this topic. I don't know the answer. I have to plead guilty to a large degree of procrastination, inertia, and lethargy. I have been dealing with health issues of my own and really don't have a lot of energy to accomplish much right now. But, I'm also afraid that if I let this slide any longer, it will be forgotten and all momentum will be lost. So, I am asking those of you, Frank's friends, what do you want to do? I need your help if we are to hold some sort of memorial. I'm open to whatever you decide and will participate and support it as much as I am able. We had a sort of informal committee to plan this at one point before COVID derailed it all. Would some of you mind starting things up again, at least to discuss the options and get a timetable going? Please discuss and let's come up with a plan. I will post this on Facebook as well.
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Posted on 15 Sep 2021 by Albert Gritzmacher
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The Memorial celebration for Frank Gritzmacher has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

When it is safe to hold it, we will announce it here as details unfold. Every aspect is on the table right now, time, place, venue, etc. We hope to make it a celebration to remember.
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Posted on 28 Mar 2020 by Al Gritzmacher
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Out of concern about the Covid-19 outbreak and to ensure the safety of everyone, we have decided to postpone the memorial celebration until such time as it is again safe to have people travel and gather together in a group. We intend to hold the party as soon as is practical, while giving everyone time to reschedule their plans. The new date will be announced here as soon as it is set.

We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Posted on 13 Mar 2020 by Al Gritzmacher

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