- 43 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 5, 1972
- Place of birth:
Buffalo, New York, United States
- Date of passing: Dec 26, 2015
- Place of passing:
Buffalo, New York, United States
|Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; but only so for an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. ~Robert Frost|
It is with much sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved friend and family member, Frank Saia, into Eternal Life with our loving Creator on December 26, 2015. Frank was deeply (though not necessarily publicly) spiritual, and had profound faith in his understanding of our Creator as pure, perfect, unlimited, unconditional Love, and he strived to serve as a reflection of that Love. He believed that every life has a purpose to fulfill, and that there is no death, but merely a returning to our home in Heaven when our work here is done. Family was very important to Frank, and he cherished time spent with them. He was a serious student of A Course in Miracles, and sought to practice its central teaching of forgiveness. Per his wishes, no funeral services will take place; he believed that farewells and thoughts need only be expressed in the mind to be received anytime, anywhere.
""Nothing Gold Can Stay" is one of my most favorite poems. Frank, you were gold. You enriched my life and the lives of many others. Seldom have I met someone so genuine, warm-hearted, and insightful. May you rest in peace, eternal. "The end is certain, and the means as well. To this we say 'Amen.' You will be told exactly what God wills for you each time there is a choice to make. And He will speak for God and for your Self, thus making sure that hell will claim you not, and that each choice you make brings Heaven nearer to your reach. And so we walk with Him from this time on, and turn to Him for guidance and for peace and sure direction. Joy attends our way. For we go homeward to an open door which God has held unclosed to welcome us. ...You do not walk alone. God's angels hover near and all about. His Love surrounds you, and He will never leave you comfortless." ~A Course in Miracles, Epilogue."
"I knew Frank since we were kids. One day at school during recess, out of the blue he came up to me and asked if I had a cat or kitten that was missing or dead. My jaw dropped and I was astonished. I told him yes, that my parents had our house fumigated over the weekend and our kitten died -apparently from exposure to residue. I asked Frank how he knew this, since I hadn't told anyone about it. He said he was sitting at his desk with his head down resting and it just came to him out of nowhere. We were friends ever since that day. Frank always believed there was something more to life than what meets the eye. He was passionate about this, and ultimately concluded that life is about healing. He believed ultimate reality is pure love and true healing is about finding and tearing down all the barriers we have built, defensively, against the experience of love. He said the world is full of fear and hate, yet, deep down, everyone longs for the experience of love and peace and that the fear and hate are actually twisted defenses against love. The more I have looked at this world and how it seems to be, the more I believe Frank was on to something. I am certain he is now resting peacefully in that ultimate reality of pure love he so fervently believed in."
"I'm at a loss for words. You were definitely not an ordinary person, you were an old soul -I knew that from the first time we met. I can't believe you are gone. You will not be forgotten. xoxo"
"It has been an enormous shock to learn of Frank's passing. We met in graduate school, and I will always remember the time when, in our Introduction to Counseling course he did a mock session with a classmate. He was so skilled, even as a beginner, that he helped our classmate make a breakthrough with something he had been struggling with for some time. The classroom was silent and, with amazement, the professor exclaimed "Wow ...wow ... that's what it's all about!" Frank definitely had a natural knack for counseling. His passing is a great loss to all of us."
"I just found out that Frank passed -I'm so sorry. I just read all the tributes on here, and I can say that every one of them describes Frank accurately. I've had a lot of struggles in my lifetime and a lot of bitterness and anger about them. I wasn't sure if I believed in God or if there was any hope for me. Frank described God, as presented in A Course in Miracles, and it changed my life. I too became a student of ACIM, and now I KNOW God is Love and that there's nothing to fear. I'm a lot happier than I ever was, I'm not angry anymore, and I am filled with hope -all because of a conversation I had with Frank. Thank you -I will miss you lots. Love, Therese."
"I remember back in high school we called you "Father Frank" because you always had a philosophical perspective to everything; the name stuck through all the years. We would ask for the day's "words of wisdom," and you had many, even though you were only a teenager. You were wise beyond your years -it's no wonder you finished your work here so soon. Now, you're no doubt doing God's work behind the scenes. 'Til we meet again, Father Frank!"
"I only knew Frank for a short time, but he really touched my life. He was so genuine and caring. I always felt better about myself and the world after we talked. I will miss him very much."
"I am so sorry for your loss, Saia family. Above all else, Frank wanted to help people. He once told me he believed his life's purpose was to help others heal. He was so patient and compassionate. I know God has big plans for you in heaven!"
"No one has ever known me like you did. You taught me how to love, and I will always be grateful to you for that. I will miss our spontaneous lunch dates and "coffee talk." Yes, you were a Light in the darkness. And now Heaven is shining brighter because you are there. Love, always -JC"
"OMG Frank! I can't believe you are gone. Even though it has been a long time since we last talked, I have always thought of you as a dear friend and cherished the times we visited. You stimulated my growth with our "deep" conversations, and I am thankful for that. You will remain forever in my heart. Rest in peace, Frank."
"I'm in shock and disbelief. Godspeed, my pal."
"Always a beacon of Light in the darkness..."
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