It is with deep regret that we report the death at New York City, on Monday, August 6th, 1984, of Herbert G. Frank, Jr., at age 46. A longtime member of the Toronto Marine Historical Society, Herb had been ill earlier in the year, but seemingly had recovered and was well until shortly before his sudden passing.
Herb was for many years an enthusiastic historian and photographer of deep-sea passenger vessels. He had travelled in many of those ships and had amassed an enormous collection of material concerning them, specializing in items pertaining to the great German ocean liners of bygone years. He was considered to be an expert in his field, and had served as guest lecturer aboard a number of ship enthusiasts' cruises. He latterly served as co-editor of the newsletter of the World Ship Society, Port of New York Branch.
Above all, Herb Frank was a friend and a true gentleman. He delighted in showing his collection to others of the same interest, and he invariably collected extra material, whenever possible, so that he could share it with his friends. Indeed, Herb was one of the most generous persons we have ever met. We only wish that he could have been with us longer, and that more persons of our common interest could be imbued with the same good humour, the same infectious joie de vivre, and the same irrepressible selflessness.
We shall miss Herb more than he could ever know, as will all of his friends not only in New York but in many other cities, and in all the various historical groups to which he belonged. We express our most heartfelt sympathy to his family, and to his many friends everywhere.
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