Grassroots, Inc. sadly announces the sudden passing of Second-Vice Chair, Frank Garland, III. Frank served faithfully in this role for a number of years. He consistently ran and held Erie County Committee seat in Masten, and worked hard to ensure his community was represented in government.
Frank Garland, more prominently known for his hard work and dedication in the Masten District office, under former Councilman Demone Smith, and current Councilman Ulysees Wingo, Frank was beloved by everyone who interacted with him. More recently, he transitioned to work for the City of Buffalo Parking Commissioner, where he thoroughly was enjoying the new role.
Chairman Willie Morris says, “The sudden loss of Frank Garland has left the Grassroots family hurt and speechless. His hard work and dedication, not only to this organization, but also to the community is going to be extremely difficult to replace.” Chairman Morris further expresses, “On behalf of the Grassroots family, we extend our sincere condolences to the family of Frank Garland. Anything the family needs we are her to assist.”
With the highest admiration, the Executive Committee of Grassroots, Inc. has decided that at this year’s 22nd Annual Grassroots Dinner, we announce that the “Most Valuable Petitioner” award (an award the Frank Garland has been awarded in the past), will now be known as the “Frank Garland, III Most Valuable Petitioner” award. This award is given to the hardest working individual who obtains the most signatures on candidates' petitions running for office.
Funeral services for Frank Garland, III were held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St. Buffalo, NY.