Frank
***** PLEASE SIGN THE GUESTBOOK AND SHARE YOUR MEMORIES, THOUGHTS, AND CONDOLANCES FOR THE FAMILY. THANK YOU ***** Sperling, Frank James, was born on February 14, 1967 and passed away on May 1, 2008. A resident of Torrance, he was known for his love of family, his re-made '67 Bronco and camping, and was a local pool table champion. Employment spanned from construction worker to computer tech to project manager at a local hospital. He is survived by his wife Laurie and children Sara (17), Jacob (15), Emily (7) and Rebecca (3), Carol Sperling (mother) and Sharon Scott (sister).

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  1. Franko was loved by our family and everyone else who was fortunate enough to have known him. We had a lot of great desert trips together and we will miss seeing him and the big yellow Bronco cruising through the dunes. We send our blessings for a bright future full of fond memories of Franko to all of his many friends and family members.

  2. Rest in peace my friend. Your smile lives on forever. I think of you every time I drive by the dunes on our way to San Diego. I’ll miss your laugh and jokes you used to send. What can I say, we go way back. I remember my first ride in the bumble bee :] I can still see it sitting in the driveway. What about all those drinking games at Rick’s house….good times. I was lucky enough to have my locker next to yours (when we had lockers) so I got to see that long blond hair and hear that crazy laugh every day! You always kept me posted on the “haps” around town. I’ll miss getting those pictures of you and your family. Your kids are mini Franko’s. You will be dearly missed! Laurie, I’m devastated by your loss. Frank will be dearly missed by us all. Peace and hugs, Sheryl

  3. Franco always had us laughing. I remember all the killer parties you used to have. You and Eva always playing pool, and a couple limo rides. We were always having a great time (those were the days). I am greatful that I happened to see you with your girls at Ramona park that day a few months ago. You told me that you were sick, but I had no idea. You looked so happy and healthy. I am glad that I went over and talked to you and had the change to catch up with you that day. I am glad that you found a true love to share your life with, and that you got to spend time with your girls, (I am sure that you were a great daddy!) Back in school, those were the days, and you were the man huh Frank. We will miss you, but we won’t forget you, ever. Love, Helen Byrd

  4. €œWe have known each other since childhood, we have been through good times and better times, and we had always been friends no matter what obstacle was placed before us€. I left Hawthorne trying to find my own slice of heaven, I wish I would have stayed and was able to grow old with my friends from my home town. Franko, was my friend no matter how far away my life took me, my heart was always in Hawthorne with friends like Frank, and Rick Pierson, Jim Little, Jimmy Matthews and so so many others. I was recently telling my 17 year old daughter about where I came from, and I mentioned Franko and all of the great times we had; it had been years since I thought of him. I told her of the great parties we had and how so many people knew everyone else. I let her know how I truly enjoyed ALL of my friends growing up and how she should cherish even the littlest gesture of friendship people had to offer. I will now remind her of the one friend whom impacted so many others with his kindness and strength. I will miss you my friend as will so many others, we where blessed to know you.

  5. Im am very sorry for your loss. Frank and i were old high school chums, and were often in mischief together. (getting suspended after the donkey basketball game comes to mind). We went to prom in 1985 and had a blast! Although we didnt keep in touch after i moved away to Colorado, i thought of him often, as he was a great friend and always made me laugh. I am sad he is gone, but happy that he has left me with so many wonderful memories. My heart goes out to his family. Ill miss you Franko!

  6. WE MET FRANK AND HIS MOM AT DR. GREEN’S DEL AMO RADIATION. WHAT A NICE GUY. WE HAD NO IDEA THAT HE WAS IN SUCH A BAD STATE. HIS SMILE WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AT THIS TIME. TONI

  7. Our heart and prayers go to Frank and the family he loves so very much. My mom and Frank met at the doctors, she will never forget how important he felt it was for him to be strong for his family. He gave her courage to fight. They will meet again. Bless you all.

  8. We miss you deeply and will hold our memories close to our hearts. We look forward to continuing sharing our love and memories with Laurie and the kids. You will always be apart of our lives. See you in Heaven. “He will wipe every tear from thier eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” rev21:4

  9. God bless his family, I was fortunate to have met Franco and will never forget some of the crazy times we had. You will be missed my friend.

  10. I remember Frank vividly from Eucalyptus Elementary School in Hawthorne – we were in the same grade and may have had the same teacher a few times. Frank was one of the smartest kids who you always wanted on your team for kickball, nationball, football, soccer, and checkers (he was the 5th grade class champ in Mr. Baber’s class – room 17, I think). The first time I saw a real three-legged dog was when he brought his to the Eucalyptus School carnival. I was pretty rotten to Frank during those elementary years. He didn’t seem to mind and was always cool to me. That tells you what type of guy he was, big-hearted and genuine.

  11. Franko-Lidge, I wrote this for you. I know you would probably laugh and say, “Suckah Lidge, are you the same guy who left his right nipple in the sand somewhere in Glamis?”.. For Franko: If I could, I would. I would take you’re pain and make it my own. I would wipe away the tears of those you have left behind. My heart aches for the brother I have lost. But I know we will meet again and recall the times, those precious times.. You will be missed Lidge, BUT YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN! Rev It Like You Want It!! Rick Pierson

  12. Franko, My pal since the first day we met at a local hospital were we both met in 1998. I will miss everything about you including your ability to always help someone else in need before they even ask. I will miss hanging out with you and truly miss hearing you say “Alejandro what’s for Lunch???”. Brother, may you be in a better place and may all the hard work and great things you did for others bless your family in the years to come. You left us too early. I love you brother. Alex Nava

  13. (excerpt from my eulogy to frank sperling) FRANKO DIDN€™T HAVE TO TRY TO BE A TOUGHGUY; HE WAS RESPECTED AS ONE ALREADY. I DON€™T THINK HE EVER GOT IN A FIGHT. HE ONCE TOLD ME ONCE HE PITIED THE GUY WHO HE FINALLY GOT TO UNLEASH ON. I DON€™T LIKE TO THINK ABOUT THAT. ..AND HE COULD YELL LOUDER THAN THE FIRE ENGINE BARRELLING DOWN 120TH STREET. IF THERE WERE A MODERN DAY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR, IT WAS HE. IF THERE WAS A BATTLE TO BE FOUGHT HE WOULD ALWAYS TAKE UP THE LEAD. IF THERE WAS A FRIEND HE COULD HELP HE WOULD, THAT€™S WHY HE ALWAYS ANSWERED THE PHONE WHEN YOU CALLED. HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING FRIEND ON EVERY LEVEL OF FRIENDSHIP. WE WERE ALL BROTHERS AT THAT TIME, AND I KNOW HE HAD MORE BROTHERS THAN I DID. BUT I KNOW HE LOVED ME, OR HE€™D NEVER HAD LET ME JOIN HIS FAMILY, AND BE WITH SHARON ALL THAT TIME. I DON€™T KNOW WHO INSPIRED HIM THROUGHOUT HIS SHORT LIFE, BUT I KNOW HE INSPIRED ME. HE WAS OPEN-HEARTED AND OPEN-ARMED, AND A BETTER FRIEND THAN ANY OF US COULD HAVE ASKED FOR. I WOULD HAVE GONE THROUGH ANY DOOR WITH HIM AT ANY TIME TO BACK HIM UP. BUT NOW HES GONE THROUGH A DOOR THROUGH WHICH I WILL NOT FOLLOW. NOT YET. I KNOW WHEN I MEET FRANKO AGAIN, THERE WILL BE SAND IN MY TEETH, AND THERE WILL BE A BRIGHT ROARING IN MY EARS AND IN MY EYES, AND I WILL HAVE TO CLIMB TO THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN OF SAND, AND I WILL LOOK DOWN INTO A VALLEY AND THE ROLLING DUNES BELOW, JUST IN TIME TO SEE A FAMILIAR YELLOW FLASH. AND I WILL MAKE MY DESCENT INTO THE VALLEY BUT I WILL FEAR NO EVIL, FOR I WILL GO TO MEET MY FRIEND. AND THIS VALLEY BELONGS TO HIM. WE MISS YOU BROTHER. TED GODWIN

  14. We were fortunate to have spent many trips and gatherings with Franko and your family which have given us so many great memories to cherish forever. Our hearts are broken over the loss of our friend and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. Franko’s love for life was so inspiring to all who knew him. When Franko was around he lit up whatever occasion he was involved with. I will never forget Franko & the Bronco. Laurie, our prayers are with you and your family. Love, Ron & Jo Ann aka: The Sheik & Sheikett

  16. To my “lil brother”, ever since Bob passed I’ve tried to be much more than a friend. Now that you’re free from pain I hope you and Bob are doing well. Say Hi to him for me. To ALL of Frankos relatives and family my deepest sympathies and time will heal our hurt for him. Frank is feeling free once again to raise all the hell he wants…LOL I have a ton of stories I could share about Frank and all of them are good, some scary but good. Frank, I feel fortunate to have been a part of your life. When the time comes for me to join you, I expect you to be there and pick me up in that Bumble Bee.

  17. Franko was always larger than life. I met Franko the first day of high school we got lined up together in PE. Me Frank and Dave Smith. From day one we all were buds. It was not long before I spent more time with Carol and Frank than I did at home. Frank and his familiy gave me a place to be and at that time in my life I could not have asked for anything more. I lived with him for over a year while I got myself on my feet, and during that time we couldn’t have been closer. Franko could make friends anywhere and did. He never let anyone tell him how it was, he did things his own way and I will always love that about him. I don’t think I can listen to zepplin without thinking of Franko and one of his kegger parties. He was taken from us far too soon, but I know I was privaleged to call him friend. Franko helped me become the person I am today, he is part of me and always will be. I miss u already brother. See you soon.

  18. Please accept my sincere condolances. I am sorry that missed the service…I was out of town. I hope you can enjoy his memory as a good one. Love, Joe

  19. Carol., My condolences are with you and your family. Frank was suffering for a long time and now he is at peace. he is a splitting image of you. Take care. Harold Bailey

  20. Carol, Laurie & Family , I’m truly sorry for your loss!!! I knew Frank some years ago and he was a good friend. I played billiards with him on several teams(on his team) in the So.Bay area. I saw Franko last year at the Ralphs near my home in Gardena for the 1st time in a 10 years or so with his wife. They seemed very happy & I’m glad for that. At that time he still looked the same and not sick at all. We spoke for some time in the store. I will always remember Franko as the young, vibrant guy with the long blond hair and the big yellow bronco. You all will be in my prayers this weekend.I will never forget his laugh. It was truly a privilege to have known him! Again, this is a great loss for us all. Todd Bevens

  21. It had been years since I had seen Frank. When I heard from Ted about his illness and passing Frank’s huge smile and even bigger heart came to mind. I remember many good times just hanging out with Frank and Tom Sipsey on my porch or his. My deepest condolensces to your family. I wish there was something I could do to take some of the pain. Please know I am thinking of you.

  22. We will miss Franko deeply. We will always remember his smile. Your family is in our prayers. Jay & Shelby Halsey

  23. I just heard about Franko’s passing and my heart goes out to all family and friends. I know Frank is saying “Evensizer, I guess it is better late than never”. All the good times at your parties. The great times we had building and riding the ramp at my and your house. Rest well my friend.

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