Sunday, March 19, 2023
I am passing on the rest of stories that were shared with me last week as I wrote Frank's eulogy. There were so many great stories and I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to hear them all.
From Karen Seidle, Frank's daughter-in-law
1. These are a few remembrances of Frank from his friend Morris Yelland:
Frank made lots of wine. When he made a batch, he always sweetened the last few bottles “for the Ladies”. He thought the ladies would like their wine a little sweeter.
Frank loved Jazz music, but only “Dixie Land Jazz”. He often complained about the music at the Saskatoon Jazz festival. Once Frank and I went as far as Chilliwack BC to listen to The Dixie Land Jazz festival there.
We used to go with a few men friends to our cabin at Greenwater Lake. Frank would do the cooking. He made fantastic breakfasts from scratch. But he didn’t like to clean, so the rest of the boys had to clean up the kitchen. That job was not done so fantastic.
2. Remembrances from friend, Murray Stewart:
Frank was great for telling stories of his Navy days and the end of the story always ended in laughter and a lesson learned. He shared one story about how he and his friend both decided to train for boxing. In the end, his friend, who was a bigger guy, ended up giving Frank quite a beating in the ring, so Frank decided he’d better hang up his gloves.
Frank really enjoyed children and our children were thrilled to be included in an Easter egg hunt that was fueled by riddles that Uncle Frank would make up and leave in various places. It would be quite a hunt for those Easter eggs! Our kids are now 31 and 27 and they still talk about how much fun they had with Uncle Frank.
We will miss their visits out to our cabin and our trips to Mexico together, and of course, Monday lunches. Frank and I purchased Lottery tickets for years and years. We weren’t exactly lucky at winning but when we finally won 10 bucks or so, we would be pretty happy and would celebrate our “near miss” over a beer!
3. Remembrances from Larry and Judi Hassen:
We like rock music and Frank didn’t. We had many friendly discussions over Rock n roll vs Jazz. He was a whiz at Trivial Pursuit that we played every New Year's Eve for over 30 years. We had many evenings around a fire with a marshmallow roast and maybe a nip of rum. No ice!
Frank was a great guy and a great friend!!
4. Remembrances from Darlene (niece) and Ken Putz:
Ken and I were talking and remembering all of the things that Uncle Frank did for us. He was generous with his winemaking and provided all the table wine for both Trevor's and Jillian's wedding receptions. We still have one bottle left from Trevor's and we will open it next weekend and toast our uncle Frank.
Darlene remembers how one of the Saturday nights they spent as kids at Grandma and Grandpa Lang's, Uncle Frank did not get home until late. The next morning we were told that he had been out to the pub at the newly built Seven Oaks hotel. Construction was still in progress and they had installed the concrete braces in the parking lot for the eventual light posts. These were about 10 to 12 inches in height with wires coming out of them. Uncle Frank backed into one hitting the gas tank of his car and the car exploded. Uncle Frank was able to jump out unhurt, but I got the impression the he was madder about the golf clubs he lost in the trunk than the car itself .
5. Remembrance from Milton Taylor:
There are many "Grumpy" stories. One was from his Navy days I’m not sure of exact details. It goes something like this: His 2nd duty as a gun operator was to shoot on a target being towed by another war ship and the sea was rough causing the ship to bob side to side. Frank was concerned that this may cause harm to the other ship. He refused the order which is very serious and was called to the Captain Office to explain his actions. The Captain agreed with his decision. A hero in my books just like all veterans.
6. Remembrance from friends and neighbours Tom and Rhoda O'Malley:
Tom and Rhoda had a beautiful red Nova Scotia Duck Toller dog. Frank would go next door almost every day and take Chester out for a walk and a play.
Frank had great love for his friend's and family's dogs.
Tom also shared how Frank would always tell him he was going to be buried in "Old Yeller", the old yellow pick up truck that is featured in the bulletin from the service. His grandsons loved that old truck! We were all sad to see it go when he finally did sell it. (photo also attached below)
Thank you to everyone for sharing your memories!