It is with sadness that I note the passing of West Sadsbury Township Supervisor Frank Haas this morning. Haas passed away Friday evening after a 2 year battle with cancer.
According to Keystone Valley Fire Department’s home page, “Frank was a driving force behind Keystone Valley Fire Department and the regional fire district.”
What many don’t know, is Frank Haas was also the driving force behind Victory Brewing’s decision to place their new $150 million brewhouse west of Parkesburg, in West Sadsbury Township.
When I say that had it not been for Frank Haas, or someone like him, Victory Brewing might have chosen to build their new brewhouse elsewhere, I do so without an ounce of hyperbole.
Here’s how Victory’s EVP of Brewery Operations Scott Dietrich (pictured above talking to a reporter), seized up Frank’s role when I encountered him on a press tour of the then not-yet-opened brewery in February of 2014:
“We could not have gotten as much done in so short of time without the help of West Sadsbury officials,” said Dietrich emphatically and repeating it a second time to make sure I had a chance to write his words in my notebook.
“We’re honest business folks,” continued Dietrich, “and when [West Sadsbury Township Supervisor] Frank Haas said to us ‘How do we make this thing work?’ when we first met with the him in 2012, we knew we had found a home in Parkesburg.”
Haas’ funeral will be Saturday, March 28 at Our Lady of Fatima, 1 Fatima Drive, Secane, PA, 1o minutes or so north of the Philadelphia airport. A viewing will be from 9:30-10:45 a.m. with a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. Cemetery will be St. Peter & Paul (across the street from Cardinal O’Hara H.S.).