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  13th February 2015
It is with great sadness that the Echidnas advise the passing of one of our own.

Vale Frank McQuade

  We were advised today 14th Feb
  of the passing of Echidna Frank

  No further information is
  at this time however as soon as
  we hear more it will be added

  The latest we know it is believed
  by police that he may have been
  sitting at the table got up And
  had a dizzy spell or a heart
  attack, fell hitting his head on
  the way down or when he hit the   floor.

  They are going to do an autopsy
  on Friday so we won't know any
  funeral arrangements until after

  Frank would have turned 81 next
  Tuesday 17th, any further news
  I'll pass on.

  Regards Dennis Mawson

Funeral & Wake Details

  Tues 24th Feb 1:30pm
  Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  13 Park Rd Cabramatta
  Afterwards at Cabravale Diggers
  Graham Cotter

The following from the pen of Alan Dale, with thanks.

Frank McQuade was a few days short of celebrating his 81st birthday when he sadly passed away. The hundred mourners who celebrated his life at Sacred Heart Church in Cabramatta were testimonial to his popularity. ----------->
  Frank had been at the helm of the "Kings of Swing" big band in recent times playing to crowds at festivals and conventions.   His love of music led him to embark on a journey working the registered club circuit and he was vocalist compere at the iconic Vic's Cabaret on Concord Road in Strathfield.   Vic's started out as a wedding and dance venue in the forties becoming an up market ballroom dance hall in the 50's through the 60's where the door attendants wore white gloves.
  Frank served his country by his time in the Navy and was unfortunate enough to be selected for duty at the infamous Malalinga British Nuclear Testing Site. It was a fear of being stricken with illness from the 12 bombs that were exploded between 1956 and 1963 that stayed with Frank over the ensuing years.
  An active Echidna, Frank was also a member of many groups of entertainers including the Debonairs, Arrows, Galahs and MO Awards. The "Kings of Swing" gave of their talents to functions for ALVA.   Friends and associates will miss Frank McQuade's friendship. RIP.

Kenny Graham & Roland Hastings
Brett Thomas Roland & Kenny
Mary & Bobby Bradford
Paul Martell & Larry Stillar
Larry Stillar & Audrey
Paul Martell & Nina Raye
Paul Stevens & Paul Martell
Marty Morton, Jimmy Shaw,
Warren Kermond, Rodney Marks
& Doug McLauchlin
Marty Morton, Jimmy Shaw,
Warren Kermond, Noel Clarke
& Doug McLauchlin
Joshua & Rodney Marks
Alan Townsend, John Read, Dennis Mawson, Ray Lawler & Roy Mitchell
Graham Cotter &
Morgan Kent & Di Georgeson
Larry Stillar
Geoff Gould

Just a few of Frank's entertainment family who attended the celebration of his life at Cabravale Diggers Club where Frank was a member.

Photos by: Noel Clarke
Posted: 24th February 2015
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