Remembering Amaral |

Remembering Amaral

This last weekend, my husband and I attended Memorial Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for Frank Amaral. From beginning to end, it was not only a beautiful and thoughtful tribute to Frank’s memory, but the Amaral family (LaVonne, Lance and Julia) made a concerted effort to set a tone that made us all feel truly welcome as cherished friends.

Frank was a first-class gentleman, a loyal friend and family man, and an astute businessman. He was financially generous often anonymously to friends, family, the community he loved and the deserving nonprofit institutions he supported. And through all the challenges he faced in his life he kept his morals, family and Christian values intact.

In this world where it is harder and harder to find someone you can honestly say in all areas of their life is truly a person to admire and respect, Frank Amaral comes easily to mind.

I have a personal memory to share about Frank. When a salutary wine glass is raised at a dinner party at our home, my husband and I have a tradition where our guests are invited to tap only the glass of the person to their left and say any positive thought on any subject that comes to mind.

As it makes a complete turn around the table we call it a circle of friendship. We have done this hundreds of times but I cannot recall specifically any of those lovely statements except for one and it was only three words long. When it was Frank’s turn he turned to the person on his left and simply but eloquently said, “I love you.” He said that to LaVonne, his wife of over 60 years. He is gone but our memories of this powerful yet tender man live on.

Frank Viera Amaral passed away March 5, 2007.

Carol Hamilton

Penn Valley

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