Yesterday, a large memorial was held in honor of Phil Frank, who drew Farley for the San Francisco Chronicle for 22 years. The crowd neared 2000 people and a good number of them were dressed up in their favorite costumes based on characters in the strip. Attending the service included members of his family, Phil Bronstein, editor of The Chronicle and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown who was a frequent target of the strip. Of Phil and Farley, Brown remarked, “For eight long years, I lived with the fear of waking up in the morning and being in that cartoon,” but also said, “Phil was absolutely fabulous. He became an incredible friend.”
The Park Service honored Phil’s widow with an honorary ranger hat and the Academy of Art University presented the family with a posthumous honorary doctor of humane letters degree.