Monday, February 26, 2007

Joseph Franger, 1923-2007


I am so sad to share the news that my grandfather Joseph Franger passed away of a heart attack on Friday night. He had his 84th birthday earlier this month. Grandpa Joe was an incredible man, so loving to his family and everyone around him.

A lot of my friends are going to be sad to hear this news, because every time without fail, when my friends would spend any amount of time with my Grandparents they would go on and on about how cool and wonderful they are. I couldn't agree more!

I am so happy to say though that he had a wonderful long life and over 50 years of marriage to my Grandmother Ruth. They raised 4 great kids who are all married and have kids of their own.

Grandpa Joe loved photography and was one of my biggest fans. He was always so supportive in pursuing my dreams to be a photographer. Without my Grandparents encouragement and support throughout all my school and college years I wouldn't be where I am today. I know my Grandpa used to enjoy following my blog, and he even left a comment once. :)

My Grandma has always enjoyed checking my blog too... So Grandma I'd just like to say I love you and thank you for all you've done for me.

I had the wonderful privilege of photographing my Grandparents a few years ago for an assignment at Brooks called "Studio Couple". The portrait of my Grandpa above was after I finished the shoot and I had 2 frames left on the roll in my Contax 645 camera. So I snapped off 2 frames of Grandpa and this is what I got. I love this portrait of him.

And here are just a few more favorites-



11 Comments:

Blogger Seth McAllister said...

Blaine & Bethany,
I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather. That is so sad, please know that we will be praying for you and your family. I feel fortunate to have spent some time with Joe and he truly was an incredible man with great love for his family.

Seth

2/26/2007 4:11 AM  
Blogger Seth McAllister said...

Blaine & Bethany,
I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather. That is so sad, please know that we will be praying for you and your family. I feel fortunate to have spent some time with Joe and he truly was an incredible man with great love for his family.

Seth

2/26/2007 4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,
Grandparents are wonderful and the love that we share with them will always be in our hearts. My prayers are with you and your family. Love and Blessing to you both.

Robin

2/26/2007 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Monica (Bock) Lund said...

Blaine,

I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather - your family will be in my prayers. Please give your mom and dad my love.

2/26/2007 11:39 AM  
Blogger Glazier said...

Sounds like he as a good man. Sorry about your loss.

2/26/2007 8:45 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Blaine
Sorry to hear about your Grandpa. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Ryan

2/27/2007 11:47 AM  
Blogger AVG said...

I'll be praying for your fam for sure bro! Much Love.

2/27/2007 3:26 PM  
Blogger David Michael Esler said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Blaine. It's never easy when we lose a loved one, but I'm glad you got to have such a good relationship with him.

2/28/2007 8:09 AM  
Blogger AmyJune said...

Blaine,

The top photo was the first thing I thought of when Bethany told me the news. Then I thought of the time I spent the weekend at their home, and I stood and watched him teach you and Bethany how to dance for your wedding. He was wonderful Blaine. You have good blood in you!

2/28/2007 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Eiko said...

Bline,
I am Sorry to hear about your Grandpa. I remember I went to Granpa's house and played the game "Monopoly" togather at Chrstmas. Your grand parents was very kind of my parents,too. My parents said they always remember his drive.(He drove for my parents on your wedding.) We all think he was really kind and very lovely person.Love,
Eiko in Japan

3/02/2007 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Winona said...

Good for people to know.

10/21/2008 12:36 PM  

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