It was a sad weekend for the Scott Honda family as one of our own, Frank J. Barone, 60, lost his battle with various illnesses, passing away quietly on Friday evening, with his family by his side at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor, Pa.
Frank arrived at Scott Honda over four years ago and quickly became a valued and loved member of our team. His soft spoken nature, like-able personality and great work ethic helped him fit right in.
Car loads of his friends and co-workers from Scott Honda made the trip out to Ambler, Pa for his wake over the weekend and his funeral service at Anton B. Urban Funeral Home on Monday.
"Frank was a kind, gentle soul with a great sense of humor," says David Greaves, general sales manager. "He was a good friend to his co-workers and always a team player. He'll be missed by all of us."
The same sentiments could be overheard in all corners of the dealership as news spread last week that his condition was worsening. Greaves sent out a text message last Friday evening to many of his dealership friends, that read, "Please say a prayer for our friend Frank Barone who is about to pass away in hospice."
After retiring from Amaroso Bakery as a driver salesman for 27 years, Frank decided to try his hand selling cars. Early in his car selling days, after having a tough negotiation with a customer, Frank came back into the sales office and remarked, "This ain't like selling bread." The phrase became a famous line, repeated by many of the sales managers and over time the quote sounded more and more like a line out of Good Fellas.
Frank is survived by his devoted son Zachary and loving brothers James and Richard and his wife Ruth.
Frank's brother, James Barone, 66, of Hatfield, Pa couldn't say enough about how Scott Honda helped Frank along as he dealt with his health issues.
"Scott Honda was tremendous," Jim said. "I can't tell you how grateful I am to you guys. To me it's not just a business there, it's a family. I can't thank you guys enough."
We'll let Frank's own words complete this remembrance. On his Facebook page, in the "About Me" section he aptly said of himself "I consider my self a good person, easy going, pleasant to be around and not bad on the eyes."
You will be missed Frank, but never forgotten by your second family here at Scott Honda.