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  • 100-year-old Studebaker guy Frank Finch went out in style and left a great legacy

    Today, we gathered to mark the passing of our friend Frank Finch. Frank lived a good, interesting and long life; working on such diverse and interesting machinery as the Lockheed P38 Lightning, flathead Ford V8 midget racers, farm machinery and Studebakers. He was a long-time SDC member.

    He was the Service Manager at Packer Motors Studebaker in Glendale, CA and later at Madren Brothers Studebaker in Spokane. He is survived by a son, Gary, a noted pre-war Studebaker collector, and a daughter, Nina, who is restoring Frank's '56 President two-door sedan.

    Frank rode out in fine style, in a 1939 Packard Henny hearse.



    It was a privilege to know Frank

    jack vines
    PackardV8

  • #2
    They can haul me away in the back of my '62 Champ...that way I won't have to rent a hearse! (and just as classy)
    Lou Van Anne
    62 Champ
    64 R2 GT Hawk
    79 Avanti II

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Lou Van Anne View Post
      They can haul me away in the back of my '62 Champ...that way I won't have to rent a hearse! (and just as classy)

      Food-for-thought!


      And if you do the driving you won’t have to pay or inconvenience anyone else.

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      • #4
        May Frank rest in Peace, definitely the WAY to go out.
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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        • #5
          ...I hadn't thought of that! Great Idea!
          Originally posted by 56Golden View Post

          Food-for-thought!


          And if you do the driving you won’t have to pay or inconvenience anyone else.
          Lou Van Anne
          62 Champ
          64 R2 GT Hawk
          79 Avanti II

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          • #6
            I had the great pleasure of knowing Gary's father and sitting down at the dinner table with him many times. He was somebody you would be proud to have as a friend and it shows in the type of person Gary is. As most people who live to that age, he had accomplished a lot and made a lot of friends. I could go on and on, but I'll just end it by saying he was a great man and I will miss him.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 56Golden View Post

              Food-for-thought!


              And if you do the driving you won’t have to pay or inconvenience anyone else.
              But if he does the driving - after he dies - then other drivers will be inconvenienced.

              But other drivers will probably not notice, since they will be texting and looking at their phones.
              RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

              17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
              10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
              10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
              4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
              5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
              56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
              60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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              • #8
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                Sorry to hear of Frank's passing, another Studebaker guy gone. His final ride must've looked similar to this Packard hearse.
                Another automotive fellow's funeral, Henry Ford's.
                sigpic1957 Packard Clipper Country Sedan

                "There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer"
                Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle
                "I have a great memory for forgetting things" Number 1 son, Lee Chan

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                • #9
                  Sounds like Frank was a lucky guy, in living to be 100 years old. It also sounds like he enriched a lot of others' lives, in those who knew him. Some of my best old friends have now gone on, but none of them reached 100. Frank definitely went out in style. May he Rest In Peace.
                  Joe H

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