Aspen, CO ColoradoFrank Bishop, beloved husband, father and friend, died in his home on Dec. 16 in Mesquite, Nev.Frank spent his youth in Norwood. He began his career as a truck driver/heavy equipment operator working for Braizer Brothers Construction of Norwood. Frank moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1966, where he met and married Gail Maddalone.
Frank used his passion for and knowledge of trucks and heavy equipment in the construction company he owned for 40 years. Thirty-one of those years he was known as the contractor with a greasy Stetson hat who operated the Pitkin County landfill. He also did the construction of Brush Creek Road into Snowmass Village in the 1960s.He will be remembered by everyone as a man who “never met a stranger.” He loved to tease, laugh and joke. Frank’s claim to fame was his ability to tell a story. His love of animals was only surpassed by his generous devotion to family and friends. He truly was a friend indeed. Frank lived life to the fullest. He loved well and was well loved.
A plaque on his office wall reads: “Frank Bishop Construction – End of an era.” ‘Tis true! He will be greatly missed.Frank is survived by his wife, Gail, and his children, Randy (Nana) Bishop, Teresa Reynolds, Janet Leighton, D.J. Bishop and Brooke Bishop; brother Roger Bishop; sister Martha Johnson; as well as 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Mary Bishop, sister Mary Owen Purkey, his daughter Kiffany Davis and two grandsons.A memorial service will take place at the Basalt Middle School auditorium at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.
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Boaters, kayakers and anyone else concerned about Basalt’s whitewater park might want to attend a public meeting Wednesday evening at Basalt Town Hall.