A wow!

I mentioned Franko Richmond yesterday. A Key West icon much known and loved who had passed away.

Yesterday’s newspaper carried the details of his death.

Franko was at home terminally ill. It was hospice time. A hosptial bed had been brought in. He was on oxygen.

His wife was lying next to him in bed when the power went off. The power outage was through out the keys.

Franko was having difficulty breathing. His wife was not able to get the manually operated portion of the motor to kick in.

Franko died.

The power was out 36 minutes. The power came back on 4 minutes after Franko expired.

The power is always going out in the keys. This time however it did not just screw up the TV or a computer, it took a life away. Yes, Franko’s time was limited. But in such a situation, every moment is more precious.

Last night I went to Mary Jo’s 71st birthday party at Aqua. Mary Jo is a cancer survivor. Still does 3 days of chemo every two weeks to keep going. She is a success story in itself!

What a party! Aqua’s was jam packed! Standing room was even hard to come by.

Mary Jo is obviously a well loved woman!

Today is Sunday. Love Sundays!

I get to read a lot of thick newspapers, watch Meet the Press, do football at Don’s Place and then dinner with Lisa and the grandkids. A good day!

2 comments on “

  1. Dear Lou,

    As Franko Richmond's wife, partner & artist manager for 20 years, I just wanted to clear up the misleading headline in our local Key West "The Citizen" newspaper that led people to believe that the power outage caused Franko's death. NOT TRUE. As a mater of fact, many of us believe that Franko's death caused the power outage. He was a very spiritally high being and I know in my heart that he went straight into THE LIGHT.
    Thank you for the opportunity to clarify the misleading headline from the January 10, 2009 front page of The Citizen. THE HEADLINE SHOULD HAVE READ: "FRANKO RICHMOND, BELOVED KEY WEST PIANIST DIES".
    Sincerely,
    Gail Lima-Richmond

  2. Dear Lou,

    As Franko Richmond's wife, partner & artist manager for 20 years, I just wanted to clear up the misleading headline in our local Key West "The Citizen" newspaper that led people to believe that the power outage caused Franko's death. NOT TRUE. As a mater of fact, many of us believe that Franko's death caused the power outage. He was a very spiritally high being and I know in my heart that he went straight into THE LIGHT.
    Thank you for the opportunity to clarify the misleading headline from the January 10, 2009 front page of The Citizen. THE HEADLINE SHOULD HAVE READ: "FRANKO RICHMOND, BELOVED KEY WEST PIANIST DIES".
    Sincerely,
    Gail Lima-Richmond

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