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Francis (Frank) Edward Case
The family of Frank (Francis) Case announces with love and sadness in their hearts that he passed away peacefully on March 1, 2018 at Portage General Hospital at the age of 91.
Frank was born in Portage la Prairie in 1926 to Ruth and Stan Case. He joined the Canadian Army at seventeen wishing to serve overseas in the Second World War. He completed basic training and became a sharp shooter. He was never deployed overseas before the war ended. After returning to Portage la Prairie he worked part time with the Reserves for many years.
Frank married his sweetheart Carol (Dowd) in 1948. Together they farmed in the Kelvin area for several years before purchasing the farm at Salem. In 1965 he sold the dairy cows and started the purebred Black Aberdeen Angus herd. The herd was Frank’s pride and joy; eventually growing to 80 head. He sold cattle and breeding stock across Canada. In 2016 Frank received a celebratory award from the Canadian Aberdeen Angus Association for 50 years of promoting the breed. He grew a variety of crops over the years. Together with his brother Les, they grew sugar beets for twenty years.
Frank loved to dance. He and Carol square-danced regularly; even attending competitions. After Carol’s passing he continued to attend the old time dances and did so until just the last couple of years. He enjoyed music of all varieties.
He began curling in his late 60’s. One of his favourite curling memories was of his team winning a game with the rarest of curling feats, an eight-ender. Until just four years ago he was still getting down in the hack to throw the rock as the “extender” was for “old” people.
Frank volunteered selflessly with Trinity United Church, Central Plains Cancer Care and the Heart and Stroke Foundation to name a few.
Frank was predeceased by his loving wife Carol Case in 1989, and parents Stan and Ruth. Left to celebrate his life and mourn his passing are his children Larry (grandchildren Karen/Souwan and Edward), David & Wonda (grandchildren Ian and Kylie and great grandson Zachary), Marilyn & Kevin (grandchildren Lyndon/Tanya) and their son Xavier, Lesley and his children McKenzie and Dayton, Jamie, and step-grandchildren Karyn, James, Carla & Julie Robertson) and Sherry & Pete. Also his siblings Les and Shirley Case, Bill and Lesia Case, Linda and Mike Munro, Cheryl and Gary Maxwell and his sister-in-law Mabel Dowd as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.
There will be a service for friends and family to celebrate Frank’s life on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Trinity United Church commencing at 2 pm. Frank will be laid to rest at a private ceremony at Maple Grove Cemetery in advance of the service.
If friends so wish, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Central Plains Cancer Care Services, 318 Saskatchewan Avenue S.E, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. R1N 0K8
The family wishes to thank the nurses and doctors at Portage General Hospital for the wonderful care extended to Frank.
Frank lived life his way. He believed in hard work, dedicating ones’ life to the community in which he lived and loving his family. He always said there would be lots of time to rest when he left this world. Rest well Dad, it is well deserved.
Central Plains Cancer Services
318 Saskatchewan Ave. E.,, Portage la Prairie MB R1N 0K8