Payson Senior Circle Honors ‘Fran, The Computer Man' As Volunteer Of Month

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Not everyone who takes part or volunteers with the Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle is retired, though most qualify as "seniors" -- being 50 or older.

The Circle's Volunteer of the Month, Francis Lola, is about as far from retired as a person can get.

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Fran Lola is the Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle Volunteer of the Month. He has been providing computer training and advice to members of the Senior Circle since 2005.

"I'm busier now than I have ever been. I work almost 24-7," he said. "And I love what I'm doing."

This month's award is not the first Lola has received from the Senior Circle. He was presented another award in Feb. 2007 for his "generous commitment to the Payson Senior Circle throughout 2006."

Lola provides training and informational classes at the Senior Circle.

"I try to make my computer classes fun, as well as educational. We cover from basic computing to fairly complex subjects, including Microsoft Office software products," he said.

His classes also cover such topics as graphics and tips on digital photography. He can also give advice on computer purchases and upgrades.

Lola doesn't have much spare time away from his classes. His work involves providing online remote and on-site computer services for local clients and remote service as far away as Massachusetts and Florida.

"My services include networks, computer rebuilds, upgrades, repairs and diagnosis of all hardware and software-related problems. Moreover, I perform data recovery, fix/remove viruses, correct e-mail spam problems, pop-ups and optimize computers."

The spare time he has, he enjoys spending reading and pursuing a lifelong hobby in photography.

Lola and his family lived in Glendale and Peoria for 29 years before moving to Payson in the summer of 2005. He and his wife make their home in the Woodhill area and have their granddaughter right next door.

In addition to his work in the computer industry, Lola was one of the first to sell private telephone communication equipment. He started his business career while still in high school -- he owned, financed and managed a used automobile dealership; after college, he managed a number of auto dealerships in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area.

Lola is a native of Massachusetts.

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