Frank C. Ream, Jr.

Born: Fri., Nov. 27, 1953
Died: Wed., Oct. 9, 2013

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 12, 2013
Location: Trinity United Church of Christ

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Frank C. Ream, Jr., 59 of Berlin and New York City, died October 9, 2013 at Somerset Hospital. Born November 27, 1953 in Meyersdale, son of the late Frank C. Sr. and Ruth (Johnson) Ream.

Survived by partner: Shane Taylor;

sister: Ann married to William Slifco, Berlin, and

nephew: William Jr.

            Frank was a gifted singer and musician and his career as an operatic tenor spanned five decades and took him around the world. His career began locally when he performed operettas with the Somerset Summer Theater and with the Johnstown, McKeesport, and Westmoreland Symphonies and the Casselman Valley Choral Society and various churches.  Then he began professionally with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Cincinnati Opera, and the Pittsburgh Chamber Opera. He won the Metropolitan Opera district auditions in 1979. In 1982 Frank relocated to New York City.  There he performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, and numerous other groups.  He sang with the New York Choral Artists, whose recording of “On The Transmigration Of Souls” won three Grammy Awards in 2005.  He has performed professionally for many opera houses, companies, and festivals across Europe and the United Kingdom, throughout the United States and in places as varied as Egypt, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

            We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to many family and friends who have done so much for Frank over the years and particularly over the past six months.  The following people have been especially treasured: Chris and Bob, Nancy, Mike, Louis, Barb, Nathan, and Bill K.  We have been overwhelmed by the outpourings of generosity which included cards, phone calls, prayer shawls and deliveries of treats.  These have come not only from the local area but from across the country and around the world.  We are so thankful for those who spent time with Frank and took him on long relaxing drives around the mountains.  We enormously appreciate the care and compassion demonstrated by the nurses and staff at Somerset Hospital, especially in 3B, the nurses and staff of Somerset Oncology, Pittsburgh Allegheny General Hospital and the various EMT teams of the region.  You have all added greatly to Frank’s sense of adventure in what has been a difficult time.

            A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, Berlin. Rev. Frank Demmy officiating. Interment Berlin I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Trinity United Church of Christ Music Fund, PO Box 86, Berlin, PA 15530 or to the charity of your choice.

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Pat Owens
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
Ann,I am so sorry for the loss of your brother.Prayers for all of you.

JoAnn Ferguson Cross
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I imagine he is having a grand time singing in the heavenly choir. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Alan Heath
   Posted Fri October 11, 2013
frank was one of the jolliest fellows I have ever met. His love of life was boundless. Stephen will miss him terribly. Their time together in Aix was the foundation of a lasting friendship.

Bill Easterling
   Posted Fri October 11, 2013
It was my joy to sing many NY Concert Artists gigs with Frank, what a wonderful, caring, jolly soul he was. Always laughing, never a down moment. Later we were together every Sunday afternoon singing with the St. Matt's choir - how I treasure that time. My heart goes out to Shane, Ann and all of Frank's family - he loved you all so much. He was a very special person -- I can hear him laughing now. He will always be with us.

Denise Khorey-Harriman
   Posted Fri October 11, 2013
Ann, you and your family and your brother's partner Shane have my deepest sympathies for the loss of your brother. I will be out of town this weekend and so unable to offer my sympathies personally, but if you need anything at all please do not hesitate to contact me through work. I had not met your brother but I saw how deeply you cared for him, and my heart goes out to you. May his memory be eternal.

Sandy and Sam Sam the bulldog
   Posted Fri October 11, 2013
A love of coffee and dogs got us talking in Queens Road East Wanchai. Frank was always full of energy and enthusiasm which I attributed to too much caffeine!! Hugs to you my beautiful friend. So glad our paths crossed in Hong Kong.

Karen M. Renner
   Posted Fri October 11, 2013
It was a pleasure to care for Frank... meeting him was a pleasure... May
God be with Shane and Frank's family.... God bless you all

Mukund Marathe
   Posted Sat October 12, 2013
Frank was one of the funniest, sunniest people I have ever met. I sang with him many times at the New York City Opera. I will miss him very much.

dianne mullins rn
   Posted Sat October 12, 2013
My condolences on the loss of your loved one.
I wish to share comfort from the Bible at this sad time.
The Bible holds out a wonderful hope for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death.
Please read John 5:28,29 in your Bible.
Another wonderful future promise is found at Revelation 21:3,4 where it states that , pain and death will be no more. The former things will have passed away.
As you read these texts in your own Bible, may they be of comfort to you.
There is much Bible-based hope and encouragementt to be found on the website
Sincerely Dianne Mullins

   Posted Wed October 16, 2013
Carissimo Frankster,
Non sarai mai lontano dal mio cuore.
T'amo per sempre.

Roger Commotes
   Posted Tue December 03, 2013
So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was such a sweet guy and I truly regret not keeping in touch after high school. Always meant to look him up when I was in the city, but just never seemed to find the time. I also feel guilty that I would attend the Opera in San Francisco, but never once managed to hear him sing in New York.

I never hear ‘Oh Holy Night’ sung at Christmas, without thinking of a ‘very young Frankie’ singing it so beautifully at a Berlin High School auditorium Christmas assembly in the early ‘60s!

Another fond memory, is of me taking him for a ‘driving lesson’ in the tan Mustang before he got his license! He was a wonderful person, such fun to be around, and brought great joy to those who had the pleasure of knowing him throughout his life.

Shane, what a beautiful tribute to Frank in his birthday memoriam. My prayers are with you, Ann, and the rest of the family.

Rest in Peace ‘Frankie’.

Roger Commotes

Al Morasso
   Posted Sat May 03, 2014
I just learned of Frank's passing and am very sad to learn of it. I enjoyed singing with Frank with the NY Choral Artists and in St. Bartholomew's Church choir in NYC. He was a pleasure to sing with and know! What a wonderful tenor voice and a personality that matched. Thoughts and prayers to his family and may they feel comfort knowing how much he was loved and how much he contributed to this world.

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