Frank Clifford Holdsworth

September 14th, 2022

Frank C. Holdsworth

July 22, 1925 - September 14, 2022

Frank was born in Cranbrook, BC, to Walter and Rita Holdsworth. He was the eldest of three children with a younger brother, Eric and sister Judy.

Frank spent his first years in Kimberley, BC, and in smaller mining towns around BC, where his father worked. He lived in a cottage at Jewel Lake with no indoor plumbing or insulation, Greenwood in a home with indoor plumbing, and spent two years in Australia, as a young chap, learning to swim in Sydney Harbour. His family returned to Kimberley, where he finished his schooling.

Frank trained as a tail gunner in Edmonton, AB for WWII, but never went to war.

Frank worked for CM&S in Kimberley, lived in Cranbrook and was a traveling salesman for Liquid Air, moved to Castlegar, BC in 1965 with his family in tow, to manage and operate a B/A service station, spent almost twenty years as manager/operator of Woodland Park Esso, wrote and received his BC Millwright papers in his fifties, working at Celgar, and before retiring, worked in maintenance at the Castlegar and District Hospital.

He met Eleanor (Hirt) in Kimberley and they married in 1950. Together they raised their five children; Susan, Randy, Dan, Steve and Julia.

Frank and Eleanor were married for over 66 years. They were blessed with 18 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren (and counting) and at least one great-great- granddaughter.

Frank loved to golf and managed two holes in one in his lifetime, the second one after the age of 90.

He was an avid curler and skip for many years and used the "stick" to push the rocks when age didn't allow him to bend anymore.

Frank belonged to the Rotary club for many years, as well as the Castlegar Legion.

He was a long standing member of the Castlegar Golf Club and the Castlegar Curling club having spent many hours volunteering over the years on work parties.

He was an honest and hard-working individual who took great pride in his family and a job well done.

Frank was pre deceased by his wife, Eleanor (2017), his brother Eric (2017) and his eldest daughter Susan (2009). He is survived by his sons Randy (Jodi), Dan

(Shelly), Steve (Ann) and his daughter Julia (David Langille).

He is also survived by his son-in-law Eric Hough and all those grandchildren.

Andreas Schmitz of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

Love you Dad, forever and ever. 

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So very sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I loved him. He was such a great guy. So glad he had such a good and long life. xxoo

Sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Was glad to have had the pleasure of helping Frank, at times very trying but fun. Condolences to the family.

Julia and family Was very sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. Sending condolences

Uncle Frank was a one of a kind. A remarkable man with a big legacy. Our families had many wonderful times together. Great memories. Hope my mom and dad and Uncle Frank and Auntie Eleanor are celebrating being together once again.

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