O’Malley II, Francis S., Saginaw, Michigan
Oct. 11, 1951-May 24, 2010

Frank was born with Cerebral Palsy resulting in his confinement to his wheelchair, extreme speech difficulties and the need for help with all of his needs. His mother and father decided early on that Frank would not be a shut-in and strived to provide him with as normal a life as possible. He climbed the sand dunes riding on his father’s shoulders. His mother pushed his wheelchair with Dr. Martin Luther King for the final five miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. His mother pulled him up two flights of stairs when he was ordered to report for the draft because he feared arrest as a draft dodger. Frank was named The Cerebral Palsy Child of the Year, served as Sergeant at Arms and was the Handicapper of the Year for the National Association of Physically Handicapped. He was a strong advocate of the self-determination program that allowed him to live an independent life and worked with the Disability Network, Social Services and Mental Health to bring about change for the disabled and their caretakers. He taught us that we could still laugh in the face of adversity and that it was OK to cry, but not OK to wallow in self-pity. He was bullied, degraded, teased, raped, physically abused, mugged and robbed but still insisted on living an independent life. Frank was actively dying the last few days in hospital and was to be discharged with hospice. His roommates and care workers all said, “bring him home”. Our gratitude goes to all who have been involved with Frank. A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at his home (12120 Gratiot Road) with a simple potluck on Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. All are invited. Those considering an expression of sympathy may want to consider the National Association of Physically Handicapped, Saginaw Chapter. Cremation has taken place. snowfuneralhome.net