September 5, 1926 - July 18, 2013
Frank was one of five children born to a farming family in Castor, Alberta. At the age of nine, during the Great Depression, he moved with his family to Vancouver. He completed an undergraduate degree in Social Work at Gonzaga University and graduated with an MSW from the University of British Columbia in 1959. He moved to Calgary where he became a mentor, educator and leader in the social work community. He was a founder and director of the Calgary Catholic Family Service until 1968 when he joined the newly established School of Social Work at the University of Calgary, and also served as Vice- President of the Canadian Association of Social Workers. He was active in the Calgary community as a volunteer - soccer coach, president of the swim club and member of many voluntary sector Boards. Frank and the love of his life, Bette B, together raised eight children and were grandparents and great- grandparents to many more. Frank appreciated the world around him, both the small wonders and the grand adventures. He introduced his young family to hiking in the Rocky Mountains. In 1975, Frank and Betty B took their family of eight children on a six month trip around the world to the Balkans and the Middle East. In retirement, he travelled widely to Australia, Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and Europe. He was an avid reader and a life-long learner. Even in his seventies he took up photography, piano and tai-chi. He was a man of deep faith who was involved in his church, church choir and his parish community. Although Frank was a quiet man, he loved to entertain the people around him. He loved dancing and singing and in his later years was an amateur magician to his grandchildren. A raconteur of some notoriety, he was never afraid to embellish the truth. His children and his grandchildren still believe he singlehandedly captured Slippery Sam. Frank was a wise, appreciative and gentle man whose empathy was valued by his family, friends, students and colleagues. He lived with hope and sought harmony. He made us laugh. He lived a rich and wonderful life. A Funeral Mass will be held in Frank's honour at St. Anthony's Parish, 5340 - 4 Street S.W., Calgary on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with eulogy, program and reception to follow in St. Anthony's Hall. The Interment will follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens, 24223 Township Road 242 (17 Avenue S.W. and Lower Springbank Road). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calgary Catholic Family Service youth programs and Wildsight. Arrangements entrusted to EDEN BROOK FUNERAL HOME and RECEPTION CENTRE. Telephone: 403-240-4032.
Published in The Calgary Herald from July 20 to July 23, 2013