Self-proclaimed river rat Frank Reynolds sort of came upon Skaneateles by chance many years ago. And are we sure lucky.
Frank is an unassuming guy, whom once you get to know is more like Central New York's notorious 13 curves. In that he's a banker, a navy man, a boat guy, a tax man, a pirate, a tour guide, a historian, a dad, a grandfather, a husband, an athlete, a lifelong learner, a graduate of St. Lawrence and a Lion who runs with a fast crowd.
Runs with a fast crowd?
Well, he often breaks the fast down at Cams with Emmett Ryan, Tom Dudden, Jerry McAuliffe and Jim Spano, just to drop a few names.
Frank was born and raised in Alex Bay up on the mighty St. Lawrence. His grandfather was a stonemason who worked on Boldt Castle.
His mother came from Czechoslovakia to Long Island when she was 6 years old. In sixth grade she had to quit school to help make a living, which she did in childcare. One of the families she worked for owned a home up on one of the Thousand Islands.
Frank's father, Ernest Helmer Reynolds, a World War I veteran, worked in the post office in Alex Bay and just so happened to notice Frank's mother-to-be Marie Antos (Reynolds) on mail runs.
The rest is history resulting in one Frank. Speaking of history, he is related to Adam Helmer. Henry Fonda played this relative in "Drums along the Mohawk." -- Adam warned the settlers about the Indians, sort of an upstate Paul Revere. Frank said he is buried over in Weedsport over by Bibben's Farms (one of suppliers at Skaneateles' Farmer's Market each year).
Growing up in Alex Bay
Frank said he played hockey in high school, but added that it was such a small town and village that if you went out for the team you played. He graduated in 1954, one of 27 in his class.