CHAZY - On the afternoon of Dec. 13, Francis "Frankie" Garrow IV, 18, died in a car crash on Ratta Road. Those who knew him, remember him with fond memories.
"Frankie was the best person ever," said Katya Howells, a classmate of Frankie's at Chazy Central Rural School. "He always got along with anybody."
Howells worked alongside Frankie as a teacher's assistant at the school's library.
"Frankie was an integral part of the high school library this fall," explained library media specialist Steven Patnode. "His interest surprised me, but it was clearly genuine and sure enough, he made his indelible mark on the library."
According to Patnode, Frankie would often recommend books to other students, which made them more likely to be checked out.
"If Frankie liked it, it must be good," he said. "I am grateful for him for his true dedication to our CCRS library, and I will miss watching his life unfold."
Howells recalled the last day she saw Frankie, which was at the library, the day before the accident.
"We were in our TA class, just him and I," she said. "I was over by the sink washing my coffee cup, and Frankie decided to try and crawl around the counter to scare me."
Frankie, however, was stopped by Robert McAuliffe, Frankie's soccer coach and a teacher at the school.
"[McAuliffe] told me later on that he wished he would have let him scare me," Howells said. "Funny thing is when Frankie came back into the room, he still managed to scare me. I'll never forget that last day with him. I will always treasure it in my heart."
Many other friends of Frankie remember him has a funny kid, who always made others smile and laugh.
"Frankie was always one-of-a-kind," said David Aucoin, a friend and neighbor of Frankie. "He would not let anyone get to him. He could always make anyone laugh with a silly joke or just smiling at you."
Aucoin remembered sharing his childhood with Frankie, playing in the woods together, riding four-wheelers, and playing flashlight tag and hide and seek.
"I will always miss him and I'll never forget him," Aucoin said.
Candice Panetta, a 2009 CCRS graduate who attended Upward Bound with Frankie, also had fond memories of Frankie during her childhood.
"[I can] remember being at his cousin Jessica Thibault's house when we were younger and for some reason spitting on his bare back," Panetta recalled. "Now, every time a rain drop hits me on the back, I'll know it's just Frankie getting his revenge."
Panetta also remembered being pushed into the pool by Frankie, whenever he walked by her.
"That was just like him, but I couldn't get mad and we would just laugh about it," she said.
Nicole French, who went to CCRS from grade 5-8, admits she was not "best friends" with Frankie, but believes he was a "good friend to everyone."
"He would always make me smile when I looked upset, and many others for that matter," French said.
She believes Frankie's "amazing cheerfulness" came from his mother, Irene Garrow.
"I'm not extremely close to the family, but when we'd see each other, there was never a time where a 'hello' wasn't said," French explained.
To her, Frankie "touched everyone in the community of Chazy."
Panetta shared similar sentiments, saying, "Everyone who knew him has been changed forever."