A couple weeks ago, we lost one of the great ones. A longtime boatbuilder and general all around joy to be around, Frank Fife passed away and no doubt will be missed bigtime around here in the Reedville area. Frank was one of the few you could count on being there and doing what he said he would do at a fare price. No drama, just got it done.
I met Frank wile working with George Butler, and at first, you think Frank is a gruff person, but good lord, under that facade of it all was one funny and warm soul. He would crack me up all the time, and thats hard to do. He would drive around in this old Dodge van that had looked like…and sounded like it had just been pulled from a junk yard, and it was just PERFECT.
One day Frank showed up at the railway and said he had to drive here with one eye since he had just had surgery on the other one. HE WASN’T KIDDING. Mind you its a very small town, and not like he was on an interstate between exits. He chuckled and got the job done. Needless to say his lettering skills suffered that day, but to be honest. I wish I had him letter my boat now, just for that memory and proof. UGH.
This next week, there will be a memorial service at the Railway to say goodby to him for his family and friends. I could not imagine a better place to say goodby than the place he helped make great. A place of love, kindness and passion for boats and each other. We will report it all so stay tuned. this will be the second event held at the Global HQ and more to come.