Frank Abela

Dear Frank,

we exchanged many more posts than we knew each other, sometimes agreeing with each other, sometimes not. Yours always finished with an assumption of responsibility for all opinions expressed. For once, I wish this all was about someone else instead.

Get well soon,

with friendship

Max

 

So deeply saddened to hear this, even though I never met Frank, I always looked on his opinion as one that could be trusted and one that was delivered in an honest way. I truly hope that something can be done in some way to help his situation. So many like me that don't know him personally wishing that they did as his words were always helpful and informed.

Best to you kind Sir,

Mario

As many of you have said, Frank is indeed a true gentleman. A more wonderful friend and college one could not meet. I have had the great pleasure to know and work with him this past 20 years only to be robbed of his company in late 2016 by his life long dream to set up his own hifi shop with Jude back home in Malta only to be thwarted by this devastating blow. I was able to visit Frank and Jude last month whilst he was in hospital, clearly very unwell but he still had his cheeky, infectious smile and laugh. Today's news is deeply saddening. Love to you both. Simon

Jon, many nice things have been said in this thread, and it would be a pity if Frank's family and Frank himself don't get to read them. 

It sounds as if you have direct contact with his wife - can I suggest suggesting to his wife that she obtain from Frank if possible his log-in details and log in, to show him and read herself. Should this be too late for that, perhaps Naim could arrange for her to have access enabled.

I never knew Frank, and my knowledge of him through the forum was limited, but clearly he is held in the highest regard by many on here.

Dear Frank

 

I do not know you personally but have come across your posts on the internet and the forum.

I send you best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Music is a passion which does not recognize boundaries and in that respect we are all friends.

While i am sad to read this thread i send you optimism and hope.

Best regards

mpw

Mumbai, India

 

 

Frank's contributions on here have always been marked by balance, wisdom and above all great generosity to help others and share  his experience.

I don't 'know' him in any way but his presence on here has been an extremely positive one. Very sad news

Best Wishes to his family.

I hope they do get to see this thread

Bruce

Innocent Bystander posted:

Jon, many nice things have been said in this thread, and it would be a pity if Frank's family and Frank himself don't get to read them. 

It sounds as if you have direct contact with his wife - can I suggest suggesting to his wife that she obtain from Frank if possible his log-in details and log in, to show him and read herself. Should this be too late for that, perhaps Naim could arrange for her to have access enabled.

I never knew Frank, and my knowledge of him through the forum was limited, but clearly he is held in the highest regard by many on here.

Hi All,

I’m wondering would anyone mind if I copied this post and send it to Frank’s wife Judith? 

Im in contact via messenger.

Regards

Richard

 

 

Artferg20 posted:
Innocent Bystander posted:

Jon, many nice things have been said in this thread, and it would be a pity if Frank's family and Frank himself don't get to read them. 

It sounds as if you have direct contact with his wife - can I suggest suggesting to his wife that she obtain from Frank if possible his log-in details and log in, to show him and read herself. Should this be too late for that, perhaps Naim could arrange for her to have access enabled.

I never knew Frank, and my knowledge of him through the forum was limited, but clearly he is held in the highest regard by many on here.

Hi All,

I’m wondering would anyone mind if I copied this post and send it to Frank’s wife Judith? 

Im in contact via messenger.

Regards

Richard

 

 

As the author of that particular post, absolutely of course not - as for the whole thread, whilst I imagine everyone would be happy for that, can I suggest checking with @Richard Dane

I'm so sorry to hear the news. Once he commented on my system setup when I started with Naim few years ago, and from there I have changed what I have in my system now. It's always source first and thank you Frank!!

My prayers are with Frank and his family.

Nasa. 

A message just now from Jude on facebook via messenger:

"Hi Jon... Thanks so much for the post on the forum.... Very overwhelming but I will read them all out to Frank bit by bit when he is awake. I'm unable to reply directly at the moment as I don't have Frank's login details but will try on the computer this evening when I get home. Please pass on our sincere thanks to everyone for their messages.....means a lot to us both. I only wish that Frank could have seen the shop open but the building work was completed the day after he was admitted to hospital in September. Unfortunately the seizures left him partially paralysed and too weak to be moved other than by ambulance so I wasn't able to take him to see it. Someone mentioned a way to contact us other than Facebook.... Happy for emails to info@grapevineaudio.com
I've sent the same message to Rich as well as I couldn't find you at first 🙂
Thanks again, Jude xx"

 

jon honeyball posted:

A message just now from Jude on facebook via messenger:

"Hi Jon... Thanks so much for the post on the forum.... Very overwhelming but I will read them all out to Frank bit by bit when he is awake. I'm unable to reply directly at the moment as I don't have Frank's login details but will try on the computer this evening when I get home. Please pass on our sincere thanks to everyone for their messages.....means a lot to us both. I only wish that Frank could have seen the shop open but the building work was completed the day after he was admitted to hospital in September. Unfortunately the seizures left him partially paralysed and too weak to be moved other than by ambulance so I wasn't able to take him to see it. Someone mentioned a way to contact us other than Facebook.... Happy for emails to info@grapevineaudio.com
I've sent the same message to Rich as well as I couldn't find you at first 🙂
Thanks again, Jude xx"

 

Thanks again Jon for the update - great to hear that the community's messages will be passed on to Frank which I hope will be of some support to him and Jude.  That's a terribly cruel twist Frank not being able to at least see the shop he had been dreaming about for goodness only knows how many years.

Peter

It’s strange on fora how you get to “know” people. Frank was always so generous with his advice and shared his great knowledge but never in a  pompous or didactic way. From what I could tell a true gent. 

Remembering you all in my thoughts and prayers. 

 

John  

.sjb

Very sad news. Frank always helpful and kind person judging from his participation in this forum. It is very pity  that "health" system does not offer people all the therapeutic options available in such difficult situations. Few guys did it (see Pablo Kelly's published story) but its very difficult if there is no professional support...

Like so many others here, have enjoyed reading Frank’s contributions to this forum for many years, and was very saddened by this news of his illness.

My wish for Frank’s family and his close friends is the strength and stanima needed to deal with very strong emotions. My wish for Frank is to be comfortable and free of pain.

I have nothing to prey to but my best wishes to you Frank.

I miss talking with you when I drop into the shop on a Saturday. 

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Frank sold me my first Naim CD player which turn out to be the thin end of a lot of wedge.

Frank's voice was one of the most generous and informative on the Naim forum for many years.    I never met him in person, but I always enjoyed his many contributions.    It is not always accurate to say that high end audio is a profession in the normal sense of the word, but people like Frank elevate the field for all who work in it by their professionalism.    

May he enjoy the blessings of family and his extended circle of friends in this challenging time.

Bruce

 

Like the vast majority of my Naim forum friends Frank is somebody I have never met in person. I have though always been struck by his generosity in actively contributing to the thread of anybody seeking advice on their system; I'm unsurprised to hear from those that have met him that he is one of the good guys.  Best wishes Frank

Frank is a wonderful gentleman. We have shared many conversations both here and in person, he is a wealth of knowledge and experience and one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. Its so sad to see he is unwell and we both have Frank and his family firmly in our thoughts.

I was fortunate to meet Frank a few times at the Reading store. Always the gentleman, always willing to share his extensive experience, but always self-effacing -- he would introduce himself as "the Saturday boy". Frank, my thoughts are with you.

Adrian

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