In Memory of Francis Gritzmacher

The Frank Abides

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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Well, we missed out on doing a virtual get-together for the Anniversary of Frank's passing. Some of us were interested, but I just couldn't get behind putting it all together. It was just too sad an occasion and I wasn't up to it. So we all observed it in our own, solitary ways, quietly. That seems fitting too.

I hesitate to say anything and jinx it by bringing it up, but maybe, just maybe, an end to the COVID quarantine is coming. Many people have by now received their vaccinations. I hope you have been able to find yours and will be getting it soon, if not already done. It's not complete protection, but every person that gets it brings us all closer to living in a society with herd immunity. We'll all probably be getting booster shots every year just like the FLU vaccine, so it will become a way of life.

So, let's watch the announcements from the government about when and how public assemblies will be allowed to happen again. It's been loosening up gradually now for a while and it won't be long until we can hold a proper memorial gathering for Frank. Think about how you'd like to see it happen and how you can help make it happen. My high school is talking about holding our 50th Reunion too. I think a lot of celebrations will be happening this summer and that may make facilities be in short supply. We'll need to be flexible and work around that.

But, start thinking about it! Let me know your thoughts...
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Posted on 16 Apr 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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