Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The passing of a Legend - Frankie Manning April 27, 2009
My daughter Mari just called with the news about the death of Frankie Manning, almost 95. I was just about to call her! There was some connection wanting to happen.
While so sad and moved ( I burst out in tears), we both realized that although we will miss Frankie, we felt blessed to have danced, taught, and shared stories with him, along with being inspired and spreading the joy of this dance with him.
Mariel wondered what Frankie might have wished to say that he could not in his last moments, but then we also realized that Frankie had already said what he needed to, contributed what he needed to, and his legacy will live on. What an amazing thing, what an amazing man.
I shared more here on this blog where stories and photos are being collected describing Frankie's effect on our lives.
And here is some information, photos, videos from the assembly we hosted with Frankie at Amherst Regional High in May 2006.
We will miss you Frankie!
PS. Those interested to know more can just Google or go to the Yehoodi site that unites siwng dancers from around the world. News and memories are being gathered there.