Frank passed away in his 91st year at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre June 17, 2021. He was born January 24, 1931 at the family home at McCreary, MB, the fourth of ten children born to Karl and Katherine (Kiljan) Slawinski.
As a young man, he moved to Toronto where his technical strengths and knowledge gained from early farm work, plus attending a radio technical course at Radio College Canada in Toronto, created opportunities for employment at Motorola Corp., AVRO Canada, and Atomic Energy of Canada working on specialized controls and testing equipment. Frank enjoyed welcoming friends and family at his cottage which he built in the Kawartha Lakes area.
Health issues prompted his return to McCreary to be with family. He became involved in the farm operation performing many key operating roles, seed cleaning mill, crop chemicals distribution and building construction. Repairing mechanical and electronic equipment (gratis free for his work) was a regular on going service provided to those in need. Providing advice to family and friends was always welcomed enthusiastically. He enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes which he freely shared.
Frank enjoyed a comfortable life living with his sister Anne at her country home, joining in with family and seasonal events. Assisting in the design and construction of the beautiful large gazebo in Anne’s yard which welcomed and entertained many large family gatherings was a highlight. Keeping the hummingbird feeders full, shooing off any wayward bears was something to which he paid attention. He was generous with his time, taking the opportunity to make a paper airplane or sharing his wisdom with the younger generations. He especially loved music and delighted to hear a tune from his youth played on the piano, violin or record player. His sister-in-law Rosanne was always pleased when he welcomed her visit by playing the French song “Quand la soleil dit bonjour aux montagnes”.
He is survived by his siblings Anne Floyde, Mary Bosiak, Murray Slawinski (Lynda), Joe Slawinsky (Grace), Mildred Smallwood, Joyce Kennedy, sister-in-law, Rosanne Slawinski, and his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Karl and Katherine, siblings Pawel, Jennie and husband Steve Hayka, Paul Slawinski, brothers-in-law Bill Floyde, Russell Bosiak and Howard Smallwood, and nieces Susan Hayka, Krista Slawinski, and Jo-Ann Turner.
A private family graveside service was held at the McCreary Roman Catholic cemetery on Thursday, June 24, 2021 with Father Patrick Neufeld as celebrant. Pallbearers were Patricia Doan, Patty Pinder, Rick Bosiak, Tyler Slawinski, Karen Slawinsky and Anne Smallwood.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Messages of condolences may be placed at Sneath/Strilchuk
Forever In Our Hearts
Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,
but remember me in every tomorrow.
Remember the joy, the laughter,
the smiles, I've only gone to rest a while.
Although my leaving causes pain and grief,
my going has eased my hurt and given me relief.
So dry your eyes and remember me,
not as I am now but as I used to be.
I will remember you all and look on with
a smile, understand in your hearts
I've only gone to rest a while.
As long as I have the love of each of you,
I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.
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