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Bryan Andrew Frank

October 2, 1987July 5, 2018

Bryan Frank, an Assistant Manager for Technical with Universal Orlando Creative and life-long resident of Florida, passed away surrounded by loved ones on July 5th, 2018.

Bryan is survived by his wife, Phalicia; his son, Brennan Andrew; his parents, Joy and Peter Frank; his brother, Taylor; his sister-in-law Jamie; his grandmother, Sally Engelke, and many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.

Bryan was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on October 2, 1987, to Joy and Peter Frank. He graduated from Valencia College with an Associate Degree in Drafting and Design Technology and was pursuing his bachelor’s degree. On November 10th, 2013, he married Phalicia, whom he met while working at Universal Studios Florida. On September 9th, 2015 they welcomed his beautiful son into the world, who was the most significant part of his life.

Bryan was a devoted husband, father, son, and skilled photographer. He loved creating LED displays, building anything with LEGOs, watching “The Office” for the umpteenth time, lightsaber fights with his family and took pleasure in having a beer with co-workers (“That’s what she said”). He was also a problem-solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects at work and around the house. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at https://mealtrain.com/n7ql9e or https://www.gofundme.com/bryanfrank.


  • Bryan is survived by his wife, Phalicia; his son, Brennan Andrew; his parents, Joy and Peter Frank; his brother, Taylor; his sister-in-law Jamie; his grandmother, Sally Engelke, and many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.

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Taryn Welch

July 14, 2018


I’d like to share with you some of our favorite memories of being with you and your parents. You guys came over when we bought our house and had a few friends over for the first time, even though there was nothing in the house, but a chair and some paint brushes. Your parents talked about how they looked forward to buying their own place and how we’d help teach them the things we were learning trying to fix up our house. Your dad was super sweet and organized a Teak-gagement party for us to celebrate when we got engaged. When we first moved to Orlando and didn’t know anyone yet, you and your parents came to check out the Orlando Museum of Art Christmas Tree Festival with me (TJ), since Chris was away on travel. The big decision of the day was picking the cutest Christmas ornament and how they were going fit all of your names on it and in which colors to write them. Speaking of Christmas, your dad was known for his very elaborate and wonderfully creative Christmas light displays. But by far, our favorite memory of your dad is seeing how his face would just light up at seeing you and your mom. The large beaming dad-grin showed obviously proud he was of you guys and how happy you made him.

TJ and Chris

Haley Amason

July 12, 2018

Bryan was always a warm and welcoming face to see. I genuinely lit up whenever I saw him and he was always giving me a huge hug and making me laugh. He was a light that I looked forward to seeing and could always count on to be shining through even when things seemed to grow dull. I will miss Bryan everyday especially walking thru WWoHP where we first met. Bryan’s light will continue to shine in every person who has a passion and love for theme parks but most importantly a love of life.

Dan Harris

July 12, 2018

I don't think I've yet to see someone so driven to do what they love as much as Bryan. From the minute Bryan was brought onto the Gringott's team he grabbed onto that opportunity and never let it go. Bryan ended up becoming what Creative is all about, and being the first to welcome new team members and share his excitement with everyone on the teams. Working with Bryan was always one of the best parts of commissioning. Whether it be adding a tally to the "Turn Down for What" count, or just giving you a high five when walking through the building, he was always able to turn a stressful situation into a fun and memorable time.

Bryan became as much a part of my life outside of work as he was at work. We started our families together and learned all about fatherhood together. I will do everything I can to help Phalicia make sure that Brennan knows how great you were and grows up to be as great as you.

Love you, Bryan.

Stephanie Green

July 12, 2018

I first met Bryan sometime during the commissioning of Kong. I was new to Universal and keen on watching people. It was easy to see that he was well respected and liked by everyone. I remember him telling me not to worry....he'd wind up helping me on my project too. Of course, he was right! As it got to crunch time for Fast, Bryan was there. Always a trusted contributor, but more than that...always so positive. He boosted moral just by being there...and he was there when we needed him. I'll always think of him when I hear "Turned Down for What". We were getting so sick of it, so Bryan and I started a tally of how many times we'd hear the track in any given day. The TDFW count would get pretty high on some of those long days in the whiteboard room.

I didn't know Bryan as well as many and I feel a little left out. I wish I had more time to know him better. I was genuinely looking forward to seeing him at the next commissioning effort in a few years. Still, when the time comes, I'll think of him again and try to carry on in his spirit of commitment and fun.

Deborah Bartolotta

July 12, 2018

Love all the memories that people have of Bryan. You have very special family and friends. Brennan you are very special and you have a very special Mom. So many people love your Dad. How special he is shines through in the pictures. Sending my love and support to the Frank family. Stay strong.

Tina Sweeney

July 12, 2018

I first met Bryan during commissioning at Transformers. I will always remember him for his obsession with LED lights (thinking of this makes me smile), and the love he had for Phalicia. We both met our spouces at UO and got married in the Fall of 2013, and we would often talk about our wedding plans! Bryan was the type of person who knew what he wanted and went for it without fear, and that is a quality I wish that I had. I’ll always admire him for that.

Kyle Wells

July 11, 2018

I first met Bryan at Mummy where I found out he was the scareactor in Hallow'd Past who constantly scared me as I did my walks through the house. Work was always enjoyable with him around, like the time he took me on top of Gringotts to watch the Cinematic Sectacular. He was always super excited to talk about lighting possibilities in my house and didn't hesitate to make the tame bonfire get out of control. I'll miss the bro dates we had a few times a year at Tijuana Flats. I love you, man.

Nate Mitchell

July 11, 2018

I originally met Bryan on "Theme Park Twitter" last year, and immediately realized his love for theme parks and more importantly, Halloween Horror Nights. We eventually met up back in November for the first time at IAAPA and I knew I had an instant friend in the theme park community. He was always quick to crack a joke about something, even if it was him complaining about having to listen to "Turn Down for What" a thousand times a day when he was working on Fast & Furious. While we didn't get to hang out but a few times, I will always remember it and be glad we got the chance at all. The HHN design team wants to make sure he is remembered at this year's event, so somewhere out in the fog this fall, his memory will live on. We are thinking about his family and friends during this tragedy, and hoping that through time, the scars will quickly heal.

Mike Pino

July 11, 2018

I had heard of Bryan for a long time before I ever had the pleasure of meeting him. Everyone always said the nicest things about him and his reputation really did preceded him. Once I got to work with him I realized that everyone was 100% right about him. He was always there to lend a hand literally or to cheer you up with a joke. I’ll miss him calling me sexy or listening to the same 5 songs on loop and cracking jokes. Thank you for the memories, thank you for being a friend. I miss you buddy, rest easy.

Michele Jancaitis

July 11, 2018

They say those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day... unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.
For me most of that is true... lucky for this family the unseen and unheard will be seen and heard through Brennan, through all of the memories and photos of family and friends. Bryan, your memory will stay alive through your son and your family and we will make you as proud as we were of you.
We will instill into Brennan what a great dad you were and never let him forget the love you had for him. When you became a part of this side of the family it was clear you fit in perfect. your humor, your wisecracks, your love of theme parks, your love for my niece, and all those LIGHTS at Christmas!
When Brennan arrived, life got even better for this family. As busy as you were with your own family and work you FINALLY made me the dancing lights box I had begged you for since we met. I couldn't believe it! perfection! and the hours you spent last Christmas teaching Leslie and I how to set up and use it will continue every year in your honor. there are many more memories I could share but for now all I can say is thank you for loving this family and always making time to share your life with us. you will be missed and you will never be forgotten. PS- can't wait to see all those dancing lights from heaven!!!!