Goodbye Dearest Friend and Colleague!
Teri and I were deeply saddened to learn of Frank’s passing. Though we knew the Lieutenant Colonel only the last half of his life, we had the pleasure of regularly witnessing his ever present jolly grin, and enjoying his chortle and infectious laugh.
I first met Frank shortly before his fiftieth birthday when he first came to work on the 73rd floor of the South Tower at Two World Trade Service. Frank, Johnnie Larkin and I were hired within weeks of each other in late 1979 to serve as Assistant Directors for Veterans’ Employment and Training with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and became fast friends even though they were Army and Air Force careerists and I was “just” a Vietnam Era Naval Veteran. In the months ahead, Maureen, Frank, Brunelle Davis, Teri and I spent many evenings together breaking break in midtown Manhattan, Little Italy, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, on City Island and even at the Windows of the World atop the once majestic North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Even after Frank’s office relocated to Brooklyn, Johnnie Larkin became the Downstate State Director for Veterans Affairs (working alongside Danny Friedman, who became another of Frank’s close friends and colleagues) and Teri and I relocated to the north suburbs of Albany and eventually to Washington D.C. at the USDOL headquarters we still took every opportunity to visit Maureen and Frank – first to the multilevel home in Park Slope (so many books!), where we first met their four children and later during a few visits with our children to their creek-side home on Arrowhead Road in Wilton (even more books!). Though we seldom had an opportunity to visit Maureen and Frank after being relocated to the Chicago area in 1996, we enjoyed our phone connections and relished reading their written annual holiday family news and updates regarding the extended family. We were living in Illinois when we received the call of Maureen’s passing after which we maintained regular phone contact with Frank, particularly on military and other holidays.
Teri and I felt fortunate to have been able to speak with Frank as recent as mid-June. We knew he had been housebound for sometime but he told us he was never lonely as one or more of his children and grand children would regularly visit, as evidenced by the video’s photo-montage.
We’ll certainly miss you, Frank, but have fond memories of those rosy cheeks and that broad ever present broad smile.
Our heartfelt condolences to Shevaun, Barrett, Bevin, Leslie and their respective families.
Stay safe and healthy all,
Teri, Joel and the Delofsky family – Danielle, Josh and Seth
Buffalo Grove, Illinois