It is with sadness that we note the passing of Frank Rollins, long time CCS music teacher and well known local photographer. We have known Frank since we moved to Cooperstown in 1982 as he was pointed out to us as someone we should know. And we think that assessment was correct as it was Frank, not long after we, the she-we and the he-we, started writing this weekly column, who pointed out to us that people were getting sick of our relating the various comings and goings of the village.
Instead, he suggested we write about the history of the area, perhaps asking for input from our readers. And, since Frank was one of the he-we’s former teachers, we instantly took his advice to heart, recording what proved to be, from our point of view, some very interesting oral history of the community.
And, of course, when the time came for the wee-we to have his senior picture taken for his CCS yearbook, it was Frank who posed the wee-we against the willow trees in Lakefront Park. When we sent Frank’s obituary, which noted his age as 96, to the wee-we, he replied “...I would have sworn he was 96 when he took my senior pictures almost 23 years ago." The judging of age is always so tricky especially for the young.
However, Frank’s photography was not limited to senior pictures. Any number of people have commented to us that Frank took their wedding pictures as well as pictures of family get togethers. The result is, of course, that as the years go forward, whenever people look at various family photographs, as well as various yearbooks, they will remember that it was Frank that preserved that memory for them. It is not, we think, a bad legacy for someone who touched so many people. To his many friends, we extend our sympathy.