It was with sadness that I heard about the passing of Frank Skala, Bayside’s unique champion.
I served on Community Board 11 for many years with Frank. During that long period of time, many land use cases and other community issues came up for discussion. Frank always had an opinion, which he voiced with great energy and vigor.
Although some people felt that Frank could be too argumentative and cantankerous, he was actually a highly principled man and a fighter for his community. This was just his way.
Frank was a teacher for many years and devoted to his church, but probably his most important role was as a loving father and grandfather. Frank had a softer side that may not have been evident to all who knew him.
I was so pleased when State Senator Tony Avella honored Frank just a few short weeks ago with the New York State Liberty Medal for community leadership. Frank was so proud and happy to be receiving the recognition for his lifetime achievements on behalf of his community. Isn’t it great that he was honored while he was still alive and could enjoy his special moment?
Rest in peace, Frank.