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Frank Stams, age 79, of Cuyahoga Falls, passed away Friday, February 3, 2012 at his residence. Frank came into this world in the loving arms of Gus and Catherine Stams. He left this world in the loving arms of his devoted family.

What memories Frank left all of us: His great sense of humor, his sparkle, his wit and his ability to make every day an adventure. What an unforgettable trip we all had.

The St. Vincent pals, Coach Wentz' rules, the high school tournament game that sadly was lost in overtime, the underhand foul shot, the Akron U gang that had as much fun before and after the games as they did playing in them, Coach "Red" Cochrane's bloody Mary plays, the slow boat to Korea, the wedding where one of the groomsmen couldn't be found, the Rubber Bowl bleacher seats, the Ford Continental Convertible top that had to be held down by hand, the official basketball for newborns, the love of bologna sandwiches, a swimming coach who couldn't swim, working hours and hours with the high school basketball team, cherishing and humbled by the Summit County Basketball Coach of the Year Award, Niam's Parkette on Saturday morning, Friday night escapades with your cronies, the ability to never pay for a sporting event, the inability to paint or use a hammer, the same stories that were told and retold that just got better, the Ocean City vacation with twenty in a room, the Greek trip to Zante, the St. Vincent High School football championships, the Notre Dame National championship, the students who still keep in touch, the teaching and coaching experiences that should have been published but never could, the perfect birthday parties with only ladies, a deep religious faith, a lifetime love of sports.

The trip was full of friends, re-told stories and laughter. It was some ride. Another glorious one is beginning. At the end, the pace became too slow. You were right: the sun will melt the snow and the wind will blow the leaves.

Frank leaves behind, his wife, Georgia; daughter, Kathryn; sons, Steve and Frank (Mari); grandkids, Rhiannon, Mason, and Mikol.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 164 W. Market St., Akron 44303. Family will receive friends two hours PRIOR to Mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite youth sports program.

A special thanks to Roger and Debbie of Hospice for their tender care. Please visit the guestbook at:




Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2012
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