Frank Dostal has passed away.

I am surprised at how sad I feel over the passing of Frank Dostal. As of yet I have no details – just a cold factual email that reached me at my breakfast table. After the typical feelings of “Wow! We only spoke last week” I found myself thinking about that meeting.
It was at the station in Hamburg and I was returning from Berlin. As usual, there was not just a quick hello, but an energetic 30 minute lopsided conversation which was closer to a monologue. His wife came after having collected a friend from England. Frank abruptly ended the “conversation” with a happy “Tschüssikowski!” Then he was gone.
But I enjoyed these talks –  or shall we call them “listens”? It is saddening to think that this was our last talk – ever! 
I wouldn’t refer to Frank as a close friend, although I both liked and respected him. We had travelled abroad together on business many times and had enjoyed concerts in Brussels and theatre in London. Our talks were generally mono-thematic: Gema. Here he was untiring, passionate, and – as always – incredibly articulate. We were often not on the same side but he was never bitter or holding a grudge. In fact, he had the enviable talent to switch off – or more like “switch over” to another channel, where he could be friendly, jovial and downright funny. I will miss Frank – I think we will all miss him in one way or another. 
My thoughts are with his family.
John Groves
Composers Club

One Response to “Frank Dostal has passed away.”

  1. Mary Dostal April 26, 2017 at 18:47 #

    Dear John, only just read your Text – I am very tauched by the way you discribed my husband and I know you äre right about your Special kind of friendship. I am still in a state of schock but I hope you can join us on the 7th May. Mary

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