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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Frank Grieci (WA2OGY)


August 30, 2012


Frank and I shared a birthday. I met him as a customer from HRO. We exchanged cards and calls. He came down here to shop. We would go out for lunch. He was my senior and a great guy. After his wife died, he would tell me about the women chasing him around in his 80's. I would not have known about his passing except for a posting in the QRZ silent keys by WD0FFV who ALSO shared our birthday. Frank, I had so much fun with you. Thank you so much and rest in peace and fun.

Contributed by: (N9GG)


Frank lived about a mile from my house, he was a great guy. You would never know he was as old as he was since he was in better shape than guys in their 50's. We talked in person, at hamfests and ate lunch at local diners laughing the whole time. That is when he had time to break from the ladies, working out and enjoying life. He never let on how sick he was, back in March he had a procedure and seemed out of sorts. I reassured him that he would outlive some of us. I was shocked to hear the news when he passed. Frank was just an awesome guy with a great sense of humor and fun to be around. Not seeing him with Ed WA2NDA is like Batman being without Robin. they always hung out together. One time we ate at a local place and they ordered fries with their meal. I had a salad. They had the runs for two days adding more fun times to repeater and HF conversations. I think of Frank and I can do nothing but laugh. He was one of those guys that didn't fit the norm. He enjoyed life to the end, we should all be so lucky. Thanks Frank for being my friend. Richy N2ZD

Contributed by: Richy Russo (KB2CPW)


Frank lived about a mile from my house, he was a great guy. You would never know he was as old as he was since he was in better shape than guys in their 50's. We talked in person, at hamfests and ate lunch at local diners laughing the whole time. That is when he had time to break from the ladies, working out and enjoying life. He never let on how sick he was, back in March he had a procedure and seemed out of sorts. I reassured him that he would outlive some of us. I was shocked to hear the news when he passed. Frank was just an awesome guy with a great sense of humor and fun to be around. Not seeing him with Ed WA2NDA is like Batman being without Robin. they always hung out together. One time we ate at a local place and they ordered fries with their meal. I had a salad. They had the runs for two days adding more fun times to repeater and HF conversations. I think of Frank and I can do nothing but laugh. He was one of those guys that didn't fit the norm. He enjoyed life to the end, we should all be so lucky. Thanks Frank for being my friend. Richy N2ZD

Contributed by: Richy Russo (KB2CPW)


I started this on Frank’s birthday (April 28th, 2013...and it is mine as well. By now I would have had the birthday card he always sent me (at least 3 weeks early). It was kind of a competition between Frank and I, who would get their card first; he always won! But Frank’s gone now. Not gone, gone, but a SK. I believe he is having wonderful QSO’s with his wife Edna. I’ve known Frank less than 20 years but more than 10. I met Frank on 28.410. The band always seemed open to New Jersey (especially Brick). I listened for a month or so before jumping in to say hello. Back then I used an old FT301 that drifted 1 to 2 Khz over time. The guys in the 410 group (as they called themselves) put up with me until one day somebody said “Mike, can’t you stay on frequency?” I responded with “sorry guys, I’ve been looking to replace my 301 but just haven’t found the right radio for the right price yet”. One of the guys said “Frank, don’t you have a 902 you want to sell?” His Jersey accented voice filled my speaker with “yes, but I won’t take a nickel under $500 for it”. Now a 902 for $500 knocked me over. Unbeknown to the group I had already researched and settled on a 902 for a replacement...if I could ever find one. It turns out it was Frank’s beloved wife Edna’s’ radio who had become a SK many years earlier. This was on a Thursday afternoon. I called Frank that night, he told me the radio was returned to Yaesu for a complete alignment some years back (it turned out it was just after his wife passed) and “if I wanted it, he would sell it to me”. We agreed the $500 was fair (actually much more than fair) and I told him I would send him a check the next Monday. Monday I dropped the check in the mail, went to work and when I came home there was a giant box waiting for me…it was the 902! I called Frank and tried to scold him for not evening receiving my check before sending the radio including a new set of matched finals and 2 driver tubes. Has anyone who knew Frank ever try to scold him??? Enough said! Frank became my mentor, not my Elmer. We would talk for hours on the radio. If the band was not open, we’d get on the phone. Frank had about 26 years on me but centuries of experience. He fought in World War II at one of the most terrible battles; The Battle of the Bulge. He was a decorated war hero but would not speak about it. I took a road trip to the East coast perhaps 5 years after Frank and I met on the radio. Frank opened his home to me, even made me sleep in the master bedroom. I knew what Frank looked like (we had exchanged photo’s) and I had a wonderful insight into his sole from 100’s of hours of conversation. When I met him in person it was like discovering a father. I saw his accommodation metals and many photos of his family. The years flew by; I moved and had to take down my towers. It was perhaps 5 years until I put a tower was up with a single 10M vertical antenna. My shack consisted of a TS-50 (more on that later) sitting on a latter in the corner of my basement. The day I turned it on the band was “slightly” open. No meter movement but voices in the background and yes, Frank’s was one of them. It took a couple of tries but we QSO’d on 10. It was a good day. Life keeps moving and my wife had never met Frank. They talked on the phone and even on the air once or twice. I sensed Frank was tired one day so I told my wife it was time to meet my mentor. We made plane and Bed & Breakfast reservations that same day...it was to be a 3 day weekend trip. Frank was excited we were coming but seemed less than his normal self, so I asked him what was up. He told me about some tiny spot that was going to be checked out in a couple of weeks which turned out to be just before we would be there. “No problem” I can remember Frank saying, “we’ll still have our wine together”. A week before our trip I called and heard a “very much younger Frank’s voice” answer hello. It was his son, Frank Jr. from California. This was the day before his funeral. My wife never met Frank but we took the trip anyway. We diverted to upstate N.Y. and spent the weekend in a 1834 haunted lighthouse on the shores of Lake Ontario. We laughed, drank wine and she listened to stories I told of Frank. I started by saying he’s gone, well, I’m surrounded by Frank. His wife’s FT-902DM sits proudly in my shack, along with his Henry 2-KD Classic I drove back with from my east coast road trip. The TS-50, yup, I bought it from Frank. Frank loved to send me his “hand-me-downs”. He’s not gone...all I have to do is look, he’s everywhere in my shack.

Contributed by: Mike Barnell (WD0FVV)


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