Frank Daley Obituary Troy Ny

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We are sad to announce that on December 19, 2022, at the age of 63, Francis J. Daley Jr. of Troy, New York passed away. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.
“I am heartsick to know that Frank has passed. He was a joy to work with in our ten years with Bo Diddley. He was sweet, funny, always got the jokes, always made me laugh, and he was the best guitar player during the 24 years I was with Bo. RIP dear Frank.”Frank was tied to local bands, including Proto Foto, Chris Busone and the Ran, and the Daley Brothers Band, for whom he played with after graduating from Troy High School in 1977. In addition to entertaining area venues, he would teach guitar to local musicians, some of who would carry on and do the same.

News of his passing reverberated between two music scenes, the one in which he started in Troy and the one in which he made an impact in New York City. Sandy Gennaro, the renowned drummer associated with Pat Travers, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett and more, said he was in shock.BRUNSWICK — Frank Daley, the beloved musician who turned his guitar into a ticket to ride alongside the legendary Bo Diddley for ten years, died unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 19, at the age of 63.Judy Engle, his business and life partner, said her life was “exponentially better” for having him in her life. She said the two of them would exchange texts with one another 30 times a day, “concerning one thing or another.”

Musician Kimberlye Gold knew Daley as an NYC player after she moved to Gotham from the City of Angels in 1990 to latch on to a band called Life on Mars. She paired with Frank on that project and another called Carnival of Souls.
“We’ve had an adventurous journey parenting and running a business together for the past 27 years. He was my parent partner, business partner, most trusted confidante, and the rock for both me and Ruby Daley,” she said. “Whenever I asked him what he wanted in his life his response in one way or another was that he just wanted Ruby to be happy and for me to be happy.“This one cuts deep,” she said. “Frank Daley [was] one of the kindest, most gentle souls and best guitarists I have ever had the pleasure of working with… I always hoped Frank and I would work together again someday.”

“His talent as a guitarist was only overshadowed by his warm and fuzzy personality who also was a pleasure to hang with,” Gennaro said. “Our condolences to the Daley family.”

Gary Fox, along with being a musician, is often responsible for filling the stage with other acts at Putnam Place. There, Frank’s brother Joe often plays as part of the Family Tree show. Frank had often shared that stage along with them.
The Brothers’ Jam featured Frank’s brothers, Jack and Joe Daley, Eric Schenkman of Spin Doctors, Kenny Hohman, and others who joined in on the session. Jack and company picked specific songs to perform that were related to Frank.Daley’s celebration of life was held Sunday, June 4 at The Hangar on The Hudson. The combined remembrance celebration and benefit event featured a star-studded cast of musicians who “kicked up some dust” and “dug down deep” with their heart-felt music.

The event was both emotional and fantastic. It was emotional knowing that a true talent is gone and perhaps watching it unfold from the Heavens. If Frank was present, he would be celebrating with everyone he knew and showing off his performing chops on stage.

Proceeds raised will go towards providing music scholarships in the name of the Frank Daley Music Scholarship to the Troy Music Academy. The music scholarship will help provide music lessons to students who can’t afford the lesson fee while keeping music alive.
“Don’t Want You No More”, “Evil Ways”, “Space Castle Magic”,“Because We Ended As Lovers”, and “Angel” were played. “Angel”, sung by Jack, was dedicated to “all the angels” he knew, including his brother and musicians Dave Costa, Gary Brooks, and Rick Rourke’s brother.When paying respect to Frank Daley, a close friend remarked, “Everyone has no issue expressing how they feel and what they believe of him. Keeping this in mind is especially crucial when talking about his legacy. He is a talented musician, a persistent worker, a loving family man, a kind and witty person, and a well-informed, compulsive collector.

According to a social media post, musician Frank Daley of Troy, New York, departed away suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving friends, family, and the entire town grieving and in shock. “ The CRBN Board of Directors would like to send its condolences to Frank Daley’s family and friends in the wake of his demise.
Frank had a flair for music and was a loyal friend to a wide variety of people. We are aware of the fact that some of you were able to jam with him and watch him perform during the blues jam that was held on Sunday.Survivors in addition to his mother and partner Judith Engel include his daughter, Ruby Daley, Troy; his siblings, Jack (Thea) Daley, Asbury Park, NJ, Tracey (Dean) Choudhri, Albany, Colleen (Thomas) Newell, Latham and Joseph (Patti Quade) Daley, Troy and several nieces and nephews.

He, also truly enjoyed collecting vintage guitars, and collecting classic cars and motorcycles. But, when he wanted to truly relax Frank could be found with a friend or two on a peaceful lake fishing and telling hilarious stories as only he could.Born in Albany, he was the loving son of Margaret Rafter Daley of Wynantskill and the late Francis J. Daley Sr. and partner of Judith Engel. He had resided in Troy most of his life and was a 1977 graduate of Troy High School.

Frank along with Judy his partner in life and business, was an art and antiques dealer operating Modern On The Hudson in Hudson, NY for several years. He approached this business with the same love and intensity that made him so in demand as a guitarist. A true artist at heart with an eye for detail that was unmatched .
From the young age of ten Frank developed a keen ear for music particularly the Blues. With a beautiful vibrato and a world class tone he soon established himself as one of the areas top guitarists. Playing in Proto Foto, Chris Busone and the Rain, The Daley Brothers Band and many many more. His talents soon led him to NYC where he eventually landed a 10 year gig with the legendary Rock and Roll pioneer and Grammy lifetime Achievement winner Bo Diddley. Frank toured the world with Bo and remained with him until his passing at age 80.Throughout his life he always had a discerning eye for collectibles. Be it guitars, cars, motorcycles, or furniture he always knew all the details and what made something collectable and valuable. These interests, skills, and knowledge have proven to be more than just a hobby for him but a passion and 2nd career.The Memorial Candle Program has been designed to help offset the costs associated with the hosting this Tribute Website in perpetuity. Through the lighting of a memorial candle, your thoughtful gesture will be recorded in the Book of Memories and the proceeds will go directly towards helping ensure that the family and friends of Frank Daley can continue to memorialize, re-visit, interact with each other and enhance this tribute for future generations.This Book of Memories brings those affected by loss together by encouraging communication and self-expression. By giving friends and family a special place to tell their stories and express their feelings of loss, it helps them care for one another during a very difficult time. Click on any of the links to the right to access features or information within this memorial website. The lighting of a Memorial Candle not only provides a gesture of sympathy and support to the immediate family during their time of need but also provides the gift of extending the Book of Memories for future generations. You have already begun a candle purchase session. If you would like to continue with your current candle choice please click “Continue” otherwise please click “Select Another”.We respect the sensitivity and dignity that comes with ordering tribute gifts from the funeral home. It is for this reason that we have attempted to design our online Sympathy Store with the utmost respect to the family and the deceased. We hope you find this service helpful during your time of need and would welcome any comments or suggestions you might have to help us serve our communities better.If you are looking for information on a particular topic, or if you are looking for a loved one who has been entrusted to our care, you can use the form below to narrow down your search. Ordering flowers from our site ensures that your order will reach us or the family in a timely manner, and your gesture of support will remain acknowledged in the Book of Memories™ for future generations. We only work with local florists so we can maintain the sense of urgency and quality of your selections. We thank you for helping to support the family during their time of need, and will fondly remember your kind gesture. Are you thinking about pre-planning your funeral? Pre-planning is the best way to choose how you’re remembered, to ease the emotional and financial burden on your loved ones, to protect yourself from rising funeral costs, and to let your family know your final wishes.Contributions may be made in memory of Francis J. Daley Sr. to the Alzheimer’s Association of NENY Pine West Plaza, Bldg 4, Suite 405 Albany, NY 12205 or The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County 295 Valley View Boulevard Rensselaer, NY 12144.

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