Just when he had found peace of mind and life had become a joy, it was taken from Frank Spiegel.
Spiegel, a former Severna Park area resident, died of a heart attack at age 46 in South Carolina a couple weeks ago.
He had moved with his family to the Myrtle Beach area about six years ago, but he is remembered by many in the Severna Park area, particularly those involved in wrestling.
"Frank was a kid's person, the kind of guy every dad wants his kid to be coached by," said Walt Wise of Berrywood.
"He had his share of ups and downs, but was really happy in South Carolina and loved his management job with Culligan's there. Everything was going great for him and he was in phenomenal shape before the heart attack. It's tough to understand."
Spiegel, a native of Pennsylvania who wrestled and played football in high school, had suffered a heart attack about eight years ago. After recovering, he took up karate and earned a black belt.
Wise and Joe Schmitt coached junior-league wrestling with Spiegel and hope to have the Maryland State Wrestling Association name a tournament after their former colleague.
"Frank gave a lot of his time and took a lot of money out of his pocket to help kids," said Wise, whose son Greg was a state champion at Old Mill and is now a junior with great promise at Navy.
"We coached together and Frank was instrumental in Greg's career. Tell you what he did for me. I had a heart attack seven years ago in Greg's freshman year in high school. While I was recovering, Frank taped every match Greg had.
"You know how much it bothered me not to be able to watch Greg compete that year and how much it meant to be able to watch him on tape."
Severna Park High football coach Andy Borland asked Spiegel to tape the Falcons' football games for him and landed a dedicated cameraman.
"Frank was always willing to help out, especially when kids were involved," said Schmitt, whose son Scott ranks as arguably the greatest wrestler in Mount St. Joseph history.
* Some good news is that Lew Holmes hopes to leave Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore about mid-week.
Holmes, a long-time county baseball volunteer and former president and founder of the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association, suffered a stroke a couple weeks ago.
"Please, tell everyone for me that I can't thank them enough for all the phone calls, letters and cards I've received," said Holmes, a 57-year-old Ferndale resident.
"You can't believe all the people I've heard from, some people I hadn't talked to in 10 years. They've made me feel like a million dollars and I can't thank them enough for their concern."
His son John, who is an X-ray technician at Franklin Square, says his father should be moving to the Good Samaritan Therapy Center by the middle of next week.
"He's not quite well enough just yet, but he's improving and all the phone calls have meant a lot to him," John said.
* Jack Kramp, the chief and schedule coordinator of the Anne Arundel Umpires Association, is back home in Glen Burnie after a successful angioplasty operation at a Washington hospital.
"Next time you get a chance, please thank everybody for the calls and cards I received. It really helped and I know how Lew feels," said Kramp. "Phone calls and prayers really help."
* County athletic directors will meet this week with county coordinator of physical education Rick Wiles to discuss the rescheduling of games.
Because of unplayable field conditions, the county has called off the games in all spring sports scheduled for the beginning of this week.
* Tracy Evans, a 25-year-old former Annapolis High student, received a full basketball scholarship to Hawaii-Pacific, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school.
Evans, a 6-foot guard, starred the last two seasons at Northern Idaho Junior College after graduating from Annapolis in 1986 and going to work.
Evans never played basketball at Annapolis, but did play football as a defensive back.
"Fred Butler [1989 grad] went there and he suggested to Tracy that he come out there and play," said Annapolis basketball coach John Brady.
"The coach [Roland Williams] called me and asked if Tracy could play, and I told him he still could and was one of the better players in the outdoor summer league at Truxton."
* Another Annapolis grad, Mike Selby, who was All-County in 1988, recently graduated from Longwood College in Farmsville, Va., and is now a sales representative for John Lamon Associates.
Selby spoke to one of Brady's marketing classes at Annapolis a couple weeks ago.