NEW ORLEANS EAST -- Family and friends gathered in New Orleans East to pay respects to the Good Samaritan who died trying to save strangers in Lake Ponchartrain last week.

"One of the scriptures I'm reminded in the bible about, the Good Samaritan, and how the Good Samaritan he helped somebody that he didn't know and that's what it should be about," Pastor Tyron Smith said.

Eyewitness News has learned the Good Samaritan was a cook at the Blue Crab before he died. But his sister, Karen Jones, shared what he was like when he was younger.

"Frank was a little handful as a young child," Jones said.

She said the whole family grew up in the 9th ward.

"But he always had a kind giving heart, there was nothing he wouldn't do for anyone in the neighborhood."

She says later on, he faced some struggles in life.

"But he changed his life."

She said he became a man who many looked up to. His nephews shared how they have counted on him to be a role model.

"He's like my second father, he's been there for me through everything, giving me advice, any events, any activities, my graduation," Tyrone Williams Jr. said.

"He gave me everything that I needed," Rashad Williams said.

Jones believes her brother was the brother everyone needed.

"You know some guys that he knew that weren't working and was just giving up on life on everything, and he would just try to encourage him to do better."

His family says his sacrifice will continue to inspire them.

"What he did was a heroic move, the best way to go out," Tyrone Williams Jr. said.

"If we had more love like that in the world the world would be a better place," Pastor Smith said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit the family. If you would like to check it out, and make a possible donation click here.