October 2009 Cal Poly Memorial

A memorial ceremony celebrating the life of Frank Calabrese was held at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on October 25, 2009. Attended by over 200 people including friends and family members, the gathering was characterized by laughter and joy, as Frank would have wanted.

Below you can watch highlights from the memorial ceremony in the rotunda auditorium of the Business School in The Frank and Pam Network’s video. Also available is expanded videotaped coverage featuring remarks at the podium from many who wanted to share their memories and thoughts of Frank.

You also can watch all three tribute videos that were shown that afternoon at Cal Poly.

Downloadable mp4 movie file (17.8 MB — playable with Quick Time and with newer browsers)

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much to seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.

For it is the giving that we receive;
in the pardoning that we are pardoned;
And, it is in the dying that
we are born to eternal life.


This prayer was chosen for the Cal Poly memorial, not only because St. Francis was Frank’s namesake, but also because it was his favorite prayer. It was also chosen because it embodies the essence of who Frank was in his heart, spirit, and very being.