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 Lung Transplant in 2014, and for several 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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It feels like forever in many ways. In others, it was yesterday. But the anniversary of Frank's passing is just a month away.

It also feels like we should do something to observe the occasion, but I don't know what. We've been waiting patiently for this pandemic crisis to pass and the end of that doesn't seem much nearer, either.

So, I'm putting this out there to his friends, how can we do something for the date virtually, while under the pandemic lockdown? Any idas? Does anyone want to start something? I'm open for suggestions and willing to help. Let me know...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2021 by Al Gritzmacher

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In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to any of these charities that were dear to Frank.

Check out Frank's photo gallery. We have posted hundreds of pictures of his life.

We invite you to share your photos of Frank with us. Just put them in this Google Drive folder and they will be added to the gallery.

If you are not familiar with the backstory, this article was written a few years ago and goes into great detail.

Please bear with us as this page evolves. Things will be added and updated frequently, so check back often. News is also being posted on his Facebook page.

Frank's Ultimate 80's Playlist also on YouTube

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