Friday, December 23, 2005

James A. Franco (1986 - 2005)

A few years ago I met James Franco. He was a passionate, attractive, well-spoken politically-active artist. Everything I like in a man. He had painted a picture about the killing of his friend Matthew Shepherd. I wanted to buy it from him, but he was donating to a foundation. Lazily, I never pursued acquisition of his work.

Last week, James succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was nineteen, attractive and brilliant.

A memorial website has been built paying homage to him and showing some of his work. Please consider a visit and a moment of silence for the world's loss of such a wonderful and beautiful human being.

Lit Cigarette by James Franco

Here is James' obituary:
AGAWAM - James A. Franco, 19, of the Feeding Hills section of Agawam was Called Home on Saturday, December 17, 2005. He was born in Springfield on March 6, 1986 a beloved son of Robert and Katherine A (Grochmal) Franco of Feeding Hills and was a lifelong resident. James graduated from Agawam High School in 2004 and was currently a sophomore at Westfield State College where he studied art, music, theatre and majored in fine arts.

Some of his art work was locally exhibited in the area and he co-starred in the spring theatre productions at Westfield State College. He played the guitar and sang with his band Twin Effects and his solo work was played in Europe on independent radio stations. He was predeceased by his loving grandfathers, Edward Grochmal and Robert Franco, Sr.

Besides his loving parents, he leaves his dear brother, Eric E. Franco and his wife Candice of Feeding Hills. His dear sister, Heather E. Erdem and her husband Cemil of Southwick. His loving maternal grandmother, Madelainne "Mamoo" Grochmal of South Yarmouth and his loving paternal grandmother, Fernanda Davidson of Southwick. His cherished nieces, Emma and Sophia. He also leaves his many dear aunts, uncles and friends, including his special aunt Carolyn Grochmal of South Yarmouth. His funeral service and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There are no visiting hours. . . . His family has requested that memorial donations be made in his memory to the Westfield State College Residential Life, 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA 01085.

Published on 12/20/2005.

May he rest in peace and his legacy shine brightly.

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