Loved you Frank !!! When John Painter and I would visit, had the best of time.Learned a lot on Custer and shared a lot of laughs. Wish we could have visited at least one more time. You were one of a kind !
It was an honour and a pleasure to have known Frank for many years.
Pat and Ron
Growing up, Uncle Frank always had time to talk to me about what I was reading or studying, and later, writing. He was the sort of person who would have made for a great history professor: extremely knowledgable and accomplished, yet always accessible and almost naturally open to new ideas and perspectives. He was a true scholar, gentle spirit and a gentleman the likes of which we don't see much anymore.
Our prayers go out to you Rich, and family. Frank was a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor! He is probably having one of many arguments with Custer right now! May you find peace in the coming days.
I will miss you, Frank, and all the talks about Custer, music and the Detroit Tigers. You are the only one who I could ever talk with, in depth, about all three of those subjects. My Senior Softball team is still looking for a slugging first-sacker. Thanks, Frank.
Frank Mercatante, U.S. Marine, bookman, and Custer buff, as well as a great storyteller, will be sorely missed!
Semper Fi, and "Come On, You Wolverines!"
I will miss your sense of humor...you're singing of the Opera...your knowledge that you didn't mind sharing...thank you for teaching me Italian...il mio sole...you are a very special candle in the wind...from
Thinking of you Kimmy...Prayers for Peace to you and all your family. Hugs, Beth
My deepest sympathies to Frank's family. I first met Frank when we worked together at Diesel Equipment back in 1970 and remained friends throughout the years and re-connected at the Grand Rapids Civil War Roundtable. I thoroughly enjoyed his company. Rest in peace my friend.
There can nly br one Frank Mercatante. I still have books on my shelf that Frank found and purchased for me.
James Kozlowski - Former DED Employee/Accountant
Frank was one of the last of the real bookmen. He regal us for hours with his stories of the chase. Next to books he really enjoyed eating at Real Food Café where everyone knew him and they named a dish after him. We are going to miss his laughter. Our blessings go to Franks family.
Larry & Priscilla Massie
Bob and I will miss Frank always! He was a gentleman, a mentor, friend, and we loved his sense of humor. The book
Selling community has lost a pillar of integrity and we've lucky to have known him.
Frank was a friend, mentor, fellow bookseller. His sense of humor, his knowledge of books and his kindness won't be forgotten by his colleagues in the book world. We will miss him...
Frank " The Hound" was a laughing and kind man. We called him the hound because of his quest for more books. He could never get enough. His childhood also was spent around my father who liked him very much. Frank was a very intelligent and funny man. He will be missed, as is Paul. Our blessings go out to the family.
Kimmie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. Know that you are loved.
Ward and April
So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Sending warm thoughts your way!
My deepest sympathies to Gail and her family.
Your Dad always made me laugh.
Frank meant alot to me, I can honestly say I loved the man. We both shared Custer and history, and he touched me greatly. I know that by now, Frank and the General, are getting very much acquainted in the afterlife. And to Franks Grandson, know that he loved you more than you will ever really fathom, and I know you know, he loved you alot..
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family at this time of sorrow. I enjoyed the last conversation I had with Mr Frank he had me laughing so
Kim, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. My deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family.
Frank Mercantante was a bigger than life person when I met him while working at Diesel Equipment. I was fresh out of college and he was so friendly and engaging. I loved his sense of humor and so enjoyed his stories about Custer and that part of our history. Please know what influence and charm he had as a co-worker. Everyone loved Frank and he will be missed. Godspeed.