It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend Franz (Frank) Erich Paul Fischer on March 5, 2021, in Kamloops, BC. He passed away peacefully at home with family by his side. Frank is lovingly remembered by Martha, his wife of 62 years; children Donica (Shawn), Dorian (Kathy), Mona, and Boyd (Cindy); twin brother Otto; nieces and nephews, and many more relatives and friends.
Frank was born January 23, 1932, in Koslin, Germany. Eager for adventure and a better life, he and his brother came to Canada at age 23 and settled in Kamloops, BC. Trained as an upholsterer in Germany, Frank found work with City Auto Trim and Upholstery and eventually opened his own business, Trent Upholstery. He married Martha Flemke in 1958, and together they lived on Caroline Street in Brocklehurst for 23 years. In 1973 he closed his business and began working for Gulf Oil as an operator. When the company closed the refinery unit in 1983, Frank accepted a transfer to the Edmonton refinery and moved his family to Sherwood Park, Alberta, where he and Martha lived on Village Lane for 33 years. After retiring in 1997, he filled his days with woodworking and furniture making. His exquisite wooden models of moving mechanical devices and vehicles of all kinds are treasured by family.
Frank and Martha celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2008, a memorable event attended by friends and family from across BC and Alberta. In celebration of their life together, Frank gave a moving tribute expressing his love of Martha. With the power of his gentle and loving words, he left not a dry eye in the room. It was clear to all Frank considered himself a lucky man living a fortunate life.
Frank and Martha moved back to the sunshine and warmth of Kamloops in 2016 to enjoy the company of their children already living there. He was also reunited with his beloved twin brother, Otto, with whom he looked forward to sharing weekly get-togethers, family gatherings, and solving the problems of the world, large and small.
Frank was known for frequenting his local libraries and keeping abreast of global and political news events. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and letter writing and fostered curiosity and a love of reading in his children. His long memory and broad knowledge made him a formidable opponent in the game of Trivial Pursuit.
Physically active throughout his life, Frank built his own workshop and sailboat, swam across Kamloops Lake, and was regularly seen riding his bike to work and walking daily around his community. He was an inspiration to family and neighbours with his determination to get outside year-round, even as his illness progressed.
Part of Frank’s essential character was his love of conversation, and he thoroughly enjoyed the company of others. He left a lasting impression on his family, friends, and acquaintances, and he will be missed by all.
A private celebration of life will be held in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local library in Frank's name.
Bubba (and Kathy), our dear friends...our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dad. We are thinking of you, your mom, Boyd, Mona and Donika and hope that you are OK. Take care of each other. Yours very truly, Dave ("Louie") and Ione