|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
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
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.