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Cheryl Matrasko
James Loeser
Matthew O'Connor


Cheryl Matrasko
James Loeser
Matthew O'Connor



Francis (Frank) G. Knapp, Yondan
passes away

February 24th, 2005 - Frank Knapp passed away.

Frank Knapp CCSPD (Cook County Sheriff's Department (Illinois), where he was an instructor of combat tactics for officers of law enforcement, was also a U.S. Navy Veteran, and a respected Aikido instructor with over 45 years of training.

A memorial visitation will be held Monday February 28th, 2005 from 3:00 - 9:00 PM, where a service will commence at 6:45 PM, at the Olson Burke/Sullivan Funeral and Cremation Center, 6467-73 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60631.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations to Frank's favorite charities in the care of the family will be appreciated. For information, please call  (773) 774-3333.

It doesn't seem all that long ago that Frank was waiting for a donor heart. I remember many of us participated in fund raising to help he and his family get through this whole thing. We were all so very happy to be of service. We were all so very relieved that he survived that ordeal.

Frank Knapp was an excellent Aikidoka and instructor. He had been an instrumental influence on many of us. I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths with him. In my teenaged years, he helped keep me on the straight and narrow, and encouraged my Aikido training. He and friend Stuart Gold toughened us up, for dedicated training. Frank was not only an accomplished Aikido instructor, but I have it on good authority from many of the police officers that he trained, that he was an expert police instructor. Most of the law enforcement officers in Cook County have trained under Frank and/or know of his excellent reputation.

Jim and I will miss our friend Frank, whom many of his close friends would also lovingly and respectfully refer to him as "Kuma-san" or Mr. Bear. Our heartfelt condolences to Sandy and his daughters. Our support and availability will be always there for her whenever she needs us.

Please join us in our condolences and support. Thank you.

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Michio Hikitsuchi 10th Dan 1978
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1978 C. Matrasko

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