It is with great sadness we report that Salford Astronomical stalwart - Frank Rourke - has passed away at the age of 70.
The announcement of his passing came as a total shock to friends and family, as he had not long since given a talk on the Apollo program at the observatories celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings in July.
Frank was a keen amateur astronomer and a co-founder of Salford Astronomical Society, going onward to become the observatories resident Space Flight expert as well proudly holding the esteemed position of treasurer.
With an exemplary knowledge of the humankind's ventures to our celestial neighbour, Frank was only too happy to pass on his extensive knowledge to future generations and anyone else who shared his love of the cosmos.
On a personal note I wish to say thank you to Frank for making me feel welcome as I am very proud to have been a member of the society myself during my younger years. As a youth I once asked him for advice on buying a telescope, expecting a huge response full of scientific technobabble and long words I couldn't understand, he simply replied with "Come look through ours."
A kind hearted man with a sharp sense of humour, he was and shall always remain a much loved member of the society, his star may have dimmed but memories of him will shine on like the brightest Quasar within this City.
He will be sadly missed.
Frank was interviewed by Tony Flynn for SalfordOnline, we have included the video above.